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.
Peter Carey, the award-winning author of "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Parrot and Olivier in America," joins Diane to talk about his new book, "The Chemistry of Tears." It's a tale of two intertwined love stories involving a 19th century automaton and a man and a woman who can never meet.
Denis Johnson's novella "Train Dreams" was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. For our May Readers' Review, we discuss this portrait of the American West in the first half of the 20th century. Diane hopes you'll join her and her panel as they discuss "Train Dreams."
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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