Crisps are greasy. They are oily. Crisps live in an ambient world inside their silvered packets, but always their world meets ours. Why do we need crisps? Is there a logic to crisps? Peter Burnett expounds on the crisps chapter of his moreish "The Supper Book" and offers his research into this amazing foodstuff.
Author and literary editor Stuart Kelly is a closet fan of collective nouns, those brilliant and brain-bending terms that allow us to junk a dullard ‘group’ or ‘flock’ for many more interesting and apt alternatives. Author of upcoming Scott-land (Birlinn) and veteran of West Port 09 with his wonderful “Book of Lost Books” (see last year’s podcast), Stuart’s event appeals to those who appreciate the linguistic greatness of a murder of crows, or the disparity between Sir Walter Scott’s influence and his status.
In The Book of Lost Books, Stuart Kelly reaches into the recesses of history to trace books, great or perhaps otherwise, that have been lost, stolen, incinerated, abandoned or mutilated through the ages. In a sparkling event, he reads extracts which deal his own fascination with lost books, Agathon, the Greek tragic poet whose works are all lost, the lost adventures of Sir Richard Burton, and many intriguing literary titbits.
This special edition of Book Talk features three interviews recorded on location at Edinburgh International Book Festival last month.
Kate Summerscale, author of the phenomenally successful The Suspicions of Mr Whicher discusses the results of her success and her new book, another fascinating piece of historical non-fiction, Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace.
Angelmaker author Nick Harkaway talks about how being the son of John Le Carre meant being raised in ‘a house full of stories’, as well as going into detail about his own fiction writing.
Lastly, debut novelist Natasha Soobramanien explains her fascination with islands and describes how years of life experience shaped her novel Genie and Paul.