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Season 1 Episodes

Episode image is a detail from the cover of Books As History by David Pearson, published in 2011 by The British Library and Oak Knoll Press.

Episode image is a detail from the cover of Books As History by David Pearson, published in 2011 by The British Library and Oak Knoll Press.

For this sixteenth second-hand book factory, Charles Adrian is joined by literary editor Michael Caines, whose alter-ego is singer and songwriter Stephen M Caines of Spirit Of Play and other bands. They talk about the joy of a concise writer, of the recent additions shelf and of books as objects.

The book that they don’t talk about, by the way, is the very heavy Collected Stories by Vladimir Nabokov; it has lots of wonderful things in it, but there was no time. Nabokov’s Lolita, meanwhile, is discussed in Page One 71 and his Pale Fire is discussed in Page One 119.

Another book by Muriel Spark, The Snobs, is discussed in Page One 32.

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis is also discussed in Page One 131. Another book by Kingsley Amis, The Anti-Death League, is discussed in Page One 9.

This episode was recorded at the Wilton Way Café for London Fields Radio, which you can find out more about here.

You can listen to this episode on Mixcloud here.

Episode released: 5th March 2013.

 

Book listing:

The Abbess Of Crewe by Muriel Spark

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Books As History by David Pearson

Links:

Page One 71

Page One 119

Page One 32

Page One 131

Page One 9

Page One 25 on Mixcloud

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