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Tagged with radio-litopia

The Trouble with Trains

Do you have regular trouble on Trains?  Peter does, and is in desperate need of your advice.  Ian’s had trouble with karaoke – bad trouble – and can’t work out how to say ‘no’ to the Thai police when they offer under-age sex.  As for Ali – well, other than a difference of opinion with […]

Child’s Play

In the flurry of e-book and print books sales stats, we know for certain that the children’s market does not conform to the wider market’s results. Still a predominantly print-based market it is the only one of the four major BookScan categories to have year-on-year growth. Yet digital is having a big impact on the […]

Tête à tête with Faber’s Stephen Page

Having scaled the walls of Faber’s well-manicured garden eleven years ago, Faber chief executive Stephen Page found himself in the broadcast hot-seat, sandwiched between Naked Bookers Philip Jones and Sam Missingham. This show is the first in an occasional series of tête à têtes, devoted to  the illuminati of the book business. Page, who joined […]

Kickstart A Book For A Buck

We’re back from our Summer vacation, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – with a host of topics to talk about and the inestimable Ross Pruden: Renaissance man, seer and heterodox harlequin.  What more could you possibly want – The Pay-Per-View Royal Family Channel? Well you’re in luck, ‘cos we’ve got that, too! Presented by Peter Cox with […]

There’s A Hole In My Sock Puppet

This week The Naked Book interviewed puppet hunter extraordinaire the thriller writer Jeremy Duns. Duns exposed crime-writer R J Ellory last week, and he has been seeking the truth about Stephen Leather’s anonymous accounts and activities since Harrogate. But who is he? And why does he do it? Most importantly, how does he find the […]

In The Land Of The E, The Glassy-Eyed Are King

Imagine if you will the final moments of Bugsy Malone, as reinvented for radio. That was this week’s Naked Book with authors Ewan Morrison and Barry Eisler slinging pies across Skype, as they sought to articulate a future for authors with or without publishers. Attempting to bat them out of the park was cricketer and […]

The E-Book In The Library

The issue over how libraries should loan e- books is generating noise all over. The discussion has laid bare the real allegiances across the trade, as it impacts on all parts—-booksellers, publishers, authors, and of course librarians. Consensus has broken down, with some calling for librarians to simply circumvent publishers and digitize books direct. It’s […]

Fifty Shades of Real

Winner of the Orange Prize for New Writers, tonight’s guest Joanna Kavenna exemplifies much that’s best about new British authors: smart, savvy, sassy and scintillating.  “With her pale skin and angular features”, observed one critic, ” she even looks like Virginia Woolf”! Joanna’s latest book, Come To the Edge, is a caustic satire of the […]

The Great Amazon Debate

In 1994, Jeffrey Preston Bezos left his Wall Street job to found an internet based company in his garage. The ‘bookseller’ known as Amazon sold its first book one year later.  Amazon may have marketed itself as “the world’s largest bookstore”, but its logo–an arrow leading from A to Z–was a clear indicator that its […]

200th Show Special – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk with Ben Fountain

Once every generation or two, a book comes along that incarnates our collective experience of war.  Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front was one such: Heller’s Catch-22 was another, and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was one more.  To this distinguished list must be added Ben Fountain‘s first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Reviews have been […]

The Broadcast Takeover

Television is an increasingly important area for writers and the publishing industry generally.  As the book market becomes ever more competitive, the writer’s platform has to grow in as many ways as possible… and one of the biggest platforms out there is TV.  That’s why tonight’s show is so important. The Broadcast Takeover is a […]

Whatever Happened to the Great English Eccentric?

Whatever happened to the great English eccentric? Why are Juliet, Susannah, Piers and Giles most likely to cut you up?  And at last – the truth they tried to hide from us for a century about extreme sexual penguin deviancy.  It’s all here in tonight’s potpourri of a show, featuring a live call-in! Presented by […]

Face The Bafflement And Do It Anyway

Six months into 2012 and the publishing world is a confused and scary place. Pottermore has just about disintermediated all of us, while the Seattle wildebeest has everyone from James Daunt to James Bond in its thrall. Agents from the Justice League have publishing executives under surveillance, while Mssrs Barnes and Noble are still looking […]

Welcome to Hotel Chernobyl

Pollution Tourism is the next big thing for adventurous travelers, says tonight’s guest Andrew Blackwell.  His book Visit Sunny Chernobyl is an account of his vacations in some of the world’s most damaged environments.  From India’s most polluted city to the Pacific Ocean’s Great Garbage Patch (an area twice the size of France where marine […]

Hang On A Minute That’s My Work You Are Talking About

It was the clash of the old and new on The Naked Book, with Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, having a proper playground scrap with two “new media” folk over copyright. Mollet has recently turned on ‘copyright eroders’, such as The Pirate Party and the Open Rights Group, accusing them of briefings […]