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"To boldly go where no one has gone before..." Adam talks to historian and writer Duncan Barrett about his book Star Trek: The Human Frontier, which discusses what Star Trek in its many forms has to say about values, philosophy, and what it means to be human. Amongst other things, Duncan explains why Star Trek is essentially Hornblower in space, an…
 
At the 2019 Guernsey Literary Festival Adam spoke to Anne Allen, author of a series of books called The Guernsey Novels. Anne describes her books as escapist, holiday reads - most feature romance, and mystery, and many have a historical angle. Her latest is The Inheritance, a dual time story featuring Victor Hugo. In this interview Anne explains he…
 
At the 2019 Guernsey Literary Festival, Adam talks to journalist and broadcaster Lucy Siegle about her book 'Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make the Globe Clean Again'. Lucy outlines some simple steps everyone can take to reduce their plastic footprint, ponders whether Guernsey could become a plastic free island, and explai…
 
Historian Duncan Barrett discusses his new book 'Hitler's British Isles', a new perspective on the occupied Channel Islands. He talks about his interviews with islanders who lived through the Occupation, his surprise at the continued depth of emotion around the 'jerry-bag' phenomenon, and how he feels the Occupation was represented in 'The Guernsey…
 
Author of the wildly successful 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry', Rachel Joyce is one of the biggest names in contemporary British fiction. Speaking at the 2018 Guernsey Literary Festival, she talks to us about the origins of Harold Fry, her new novel 'The Music Shop', her previous life as an actor, and the problem, for a writer, of doubt.…
 
For his new book 'Islander', Guardian writer Patrick Barkham visited 11 small islands around Britain, from Rathlin to Barra to Alderney. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, he tells us more about his adventures, the literary feud that inspired the journey, and what remains so unusual, and so special, about island life in the 21st Century.…
 
Desmond Bagley was one of the most prominent thriller writers of the 1960s and 70s. He also had a strong connection to Guernsey, settling in the island towards the end of his life. Ahead of his appearance at the Guernsey Literary Festival, literary researcher Philip Eastwood talks about the impact Bagley's work has had on his own life, and why he's…
 
The movie adaptation of 'The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society' is out now in cinemas. On this podcast the book's co-author Annie Barrows tells us what it was like seeing her beloved characters come to life, how she found her red carpet experience, and why she's more concerned about the reviews in Guernsey than anything else.…
 
Adam talks to Stephen Foster, author of the new book 'Zoffany's Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island'. The book details a forgotten episode in Guernsey's history, an 1825 incident that became one of Britain's first ever child custody battles, finally ending in a dramatic showdown in a packed Royal Court. Stephen explains how he came acros…
 
With books including Henry Tumour and The Knife That Killed Me, Anthony McGowan is one of the UK's leading authors of Young Adult fiction. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, he explains how writing for teenagers differs from writing for adults, why so many people underestimate what teenagers can handle in the books they read, and the surpr…
 
Adam talks to David Bellos, Professor of French Literature at Princeton, about his new book 'The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables'. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, David explains how Victor Hugo came to write his most famous work, what kind of reception it got at the time, and why he wouldn't want to l…
 
Adam talks to writer, broadcaster and all-round science guy Simon Singh. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Simon discusses his book 'The Code Book', and in particular the history of the Enigma machine, which the Germans used to encrypt their communications during World War II, and which was famously broken by Alan Turing and co at Bletchl…
 
Adam talks to historian, polar guide, and proud Guernseyman Huw Lewis-Jones. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Huw discusses growing up in Guernsey, his life as a 'part-time explorer', and his latest work 'Explorers' Sketchbooks', bringing to life the experiences of explorers like Edmund Hillary, Charles Darwin, and Apollo astronaut Alan …
 
Adam talks to novelist Clare Mackintosh, author of monster hits 'I Let You Go' and 'I See You'. Speaking at the Guernsey Literary Festival, Clare discusses her previous career in the police force and how it affects her writing, how the success of 'I Let You Go' changed her life, and the lengths she had to go to in order to avoid the dreaded 'second…
 
Elizabeth Chadwick is the bestselling author of more than twenty historical novels, including a recent trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, 12th-century queen of France and England. Speaking at the Alderney Literary Festival, Elizabeth told us about Eleanor's extraordinary story, how she brings the past to life through re-enactments, and why she's s…
 
Anna Mazzola's acclaimed debut novel, 'The Unseeing', focuses on a real murder case in London in 1837. Sarah Gale, sentenced to death for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown, protests her innocence - so why does she refuse to say what really happened? Speaking at the Alderney Literary Festival, Anna tells us why she became fascinated with the ca…
 
Speaking at the Alderney Literary Festival, historian Anne Sebba discusses her new book, 'Les Parisiennes', about the experience of Parisian women during the Nazi Occupation, and explains why the Occupation of the Channel Islands provides an interesting contrast to that story. She then discusses her book 'That Woman' on Wallis Simpson, Duchess of W…
 
Screenwriter on The Thick Of It and Veep, Will Smith's first novel, Mainlander, is set in Jersey, where he grew up. On this podcast he tells us about the learning curve transitioning from writing for TV to writing fiction, why he's so nostalgic for his Jersey childhood, and why big television dramas like The Wire and The Sopranos are the new inspir…
 
Author Jason Monaghan's new book, Glint of Light on Broken Glass, is a historical novel set on Guernsey during the First World War. On this podcast Jason talks to us about the book, and explores the many ways the conflict impacted upon the island. He also discusses his five previous novels, how his writing career got started, and how his background…
 
When Paul Torday (author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) died in 2013, he left behind a half-finished manuscript called The Death of an Owl. His son Piers, already a prize-winning children's author, took on the task of completing it. In this conversation he talks about the challenges that entailed, and gives some insight into his late father's care…
 
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society has been anextraordinary success all over the world, topping bestsellerlists and in some sense putting Guernsey 'on the map'. On this podcast Annie Barrows, the book's co-author, talks abouthow her aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer, became interested in the GermanOccupation, her deep sadness that Mary Ann didn't…
 
On the second podcast recorded at the Alderney Literary Festival, Adam talks to Simon Scarrow - author of numerous historical novels, including the bestselling Macro & Cato series. As well as sharing his love for Alderney (and why it reminds him of the Famous Five books), Simon discusses how he goes about his research, why he's so drawn to ancient …
 
In 1992 Dame Stella Rimington became Director-General of MI5 - the first female Director-General, and the first to be publicly named. Since retiring from the service she's forged a successful second career as a novelist, drawing on her MI5 experience to create the compelling Liz Carlyle series. The ninth book will be published in summer 2016. In Al…
 
As well as being the Guille-Allès children's librarian, Jan Foss is also one of the judges for the CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Medals - two of the most prestigious prizes in children's literature. In this interview Jan tells us how the judging process works, what it's like reading dozens of novels in a short space of time, what she's looking for whi…
 
On this episode we talk to Ann Bryant, prolific children's author and the new Patron of Reading for primary schools in Guernsey. Ann will be in the island once a term for school visits. In this interview she tells us what her new role involves, and why reading for pleasure is so important for children. Parents and teachers - to find out more about …
 
On this first episode we talk to Professor Edward Chaney about his new book, Genius Friend. It's a biography of G.B. Edwards, author of the great Guernsey novel The Book of Ebenezer Le Page. G.B. Edwards has always been something of a mysterious figure - until now. Professor Chaney knew him in the last years of his life, and brought the novel to pu…
 
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