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I’m JK Rowling. Do Not Make Me Angry.

It’s been a summer of high weirdness!  Featuring all our favorite topics… Harry Potter, Tolkien, and… let’s hear it for the Singing Dentist!  Welcome back, Debriefists… we’ve missed you! The big news: Judge Finds Apple Guilty of Conspiracy to Raise eBook Prices Judge Cites Publishers’ “Frequently Coordinated” Efforts to Upend Amazon’s $9.99 Ebook Pricing Justice […]

One-on-One: Jane Austen Special

To mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, Peter takes tea with Claire Harman, author of the highly acclaimed biography Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World.  If you share E. M. Forster’s passion – “I am a Jane Austenite, and therefore slightly imbecile about Jane Austen” – then […]

Lawyers Are From Mordor

Imagine: you’ve just spent months compiling an exhaustive day-by-day chronology of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Suddenly, lawyers for the vastly wealthy Tolkien estate makes it clear that they believe your book violates their copyright – and they’re going to sue. That was the situation author and Middle Earth fan Michael W. Perry found himself […]

Tart Carts, Godivas and TCPs

For our special Thanksgiving present to all our listeners, we’re dropping the usual mixture of lawsuits and literature, and instead chatting to Charlie Croker, author of the hugely entertaining new book Terms of Employment. Has your doctor ever prescribed you bug-juice? Or sent you to the rheumaholiday department? Have you ever read an article full […]


Internet legend Frank Edward Nora joins us for tonight’s show; for nearly a decade, Frank has been the C21st Samuel Pepys of the ‘net.  Patiently and wittily chronicling the life of homo sapiens commuticus, Frank’s audio diaries extend to more than 4300 recordings that would take over 5 months to listen to.  It’s a legacy, […]

All Your iTunes Belong To Bruce Willis

This week we talk about how the US government is thinking about censoring and suing a national hero; a battle over ownership of your Tweets, why you really don’t want to tick off someone who buys ink by the barrel; the truth about the Bruce Willis iTunes kerfuffle; and we’ll update you on some stories […]

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 […]

Shiny, Happy, Publishing People

As the great circus of publishing delights that is the annual London Book Fair disappears from view for another year, this week’s The Naked Book finally found out what it was all about. Just Be Positive. And Happy, of course. It might seem difficult: the Department of Justice has banned dinners. James Bond has defected […]

Donna Is Sheriff For A Day

This week we talk about Amazon taking its name a little too seriously, why Paramount wants a Mario Puzo screenplay to sleep with the fishes, a trademark battle over an ape man, putting pirates out of business, and why a new version of Sherlock Holmes is anything but elementary. Plus, we talk about why your […]

John Simopoulos: A Tiger Burning Bright

When we asked John Simopoulos, Founding Fellow and Dean of Degrees at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, to read Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner last year, we had an overwhelming response from listeners wanting to hear more from him. We’re thrilled to welcome John back to present this special new year’s “mixed bag of […]

The Plot Thickens

Litopia’s Crime Wave season is thickening nicely. Überauthor Peter James kicked it all off two weeks ago; last week, writers Barbara Nadel, Roger Silverwood and Chris Nickson drew us into the first chapter… and tonight, we’re going very hardcore indeed – with one author who specializes in real-life murder and other unspeakable crimes… and a […]

Peter James – King of Crime

He’s a crime boss – but perhaps not as you expect.  British writer Peter James was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his ongoing contribution to the arts, which tells you something of his significance to writing and publishing generally.  The Daily Mail called him a cross between Stephen King and Michael […]