Francis Spufford speaks with Carole Angier about his accidental writing life, the joys of reading and the importance of the senses.
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Marcelle Bernstein speaks with Carole Angier about her novels, her love of research, the connection between fiction and non-fiction writing and her relish for the instinctive.
Helena Drysdale speaks with James McConnachie about the treasure trove of her ancestors’ archives, her study of minority ethnic populations in Europe and the endangered languages that help define them, the colonial impositions of the English language, and why you should ask when you don’t know.