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Zadie Smith: "NW: A Novel"

Award-winning author Zadie Smith returns to the northwest area of London where she grew up in a housing project. Her new novel explores the different pathways of four people in their 30s who were all born in the same part of the city.

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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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Readers' Review: "Presumed Innocent" By Scott Turow

For our August Readers' Review: Scott Turow's first legal thriller. It brings to life one man's nightmare as he faces conviction for the murder of his lover. Join Diane and her guests to discuss "Presumed Innocent."

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Rachel Joyce: "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"

A new novel by author Rachel Joyce tells the story of an ordinary man who walks the length of England to keep a friend alive. “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” has been shortlisted for Britain’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker prize.

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Grillmaster Steven Raichlen

When it comes to barbecue, Steven Raichlen literally "wrote the Bible." Get secrets on grilling everything from scrumptious ribs to tasty angel food cake....

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Martin Walker: "The Crowded Grave: A Mystery Of The French Countryside"

Terrorists, animal rights activists and a decades-old corpse turn up in an idyllic French village. It's the latest novel featuring Bruno, chief of police, by journalist Martin Walker.

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Kim Barnes: "In the Kingdom of Men"

A new novel follows a young woman from the farmlands of Oklahoma to an oil compound in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. The search for freedom amid repression.

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Frances Osborne: "Park Lane"

The latest novel by British author Frances Osborne has been compared with "Downton Abbey." Based in part on her own family history, it features two women of different classes whose lives collide in a London townhouse in the early 20th century.

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Richard Ford: "Canada" (Rebroadcast)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford talks about his first novel in six years, "Canada."

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Christopher Moore on Twisted Realities and History with Humor (Rebroadcast)

Christopher Moore's latest irreverent tale takes readers on a romp through nineteenth-century Paris, in the company of the most famous artists of the time.

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