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    Mavis Gallant profile

    Louisa Cameron profiles The New Yorker short-story writer, the Canadian Mavis Gallant

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    Martin Amis public interview

    Excerpt from a forthcoming Arena public interview with Martin Amis, recorded at the recent ‘Mountains to Sea’ Festival. In this clip he answers an audience question about his friendship with the writer Christopher Hitchens

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    Cormac James, author

    Cormac James talks about his latest novel “The Surfacing”, a story set in the 1850's aboard a ship on an Arctic expedition to the North West Passage  (published by Sandstone Press)

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    Rachel Cusk, author

    Rachel Cusk talks about her latest novel “Outline”, the story of a woman who goes to Greece to give a writing workshop (published by Faber & Faber)

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    "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

    Sinead Gleeson takes a fresh look at the novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, which caused controversy when published in 1899 because of its frank portrayal of a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage (new edition published by Canongate)

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    Philip Larkin biography

    James Booth on his biography of former colleague “Philip Larkin: Life, Art & Love”, which aims to re-assess Larkin's much-criticised personal life (published by Bloomsbury)

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    Colin Barrett, award-winning author

    Colin Barrett reacts to announcement he is the winner of this year’s Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection “Young Skins” (published by The Stinging Fly)

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    Amy Bloom, author

    Amy Bloom talks about her novel “Lucky Us”, the story of Iris and Eva who are half-sisters trying to bond when they move to Hollywood so one can be a star (published by Granta)

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    Classic Read - Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

    Everyone has the book that they consider a classic...from ‘Bleak House’ to ‘Catch 22’ and everything in between.   These are books that speak across the generations and deserve a place on every book shelf.

    In the first of an occasional series, we’ve asked Yvonne Nolan to nominate her choice for a classic read.....

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