12 February 2017
Woman lying by a pool

We were always going to mention love in our February podcast. But worry not, there are no pink hearts or teddy bears here - only great books and authors and a look at the more interesting aspects of love.

James Lasdun talks about his new novel The Fall Guy, a book set in the Catskills, filled with obsession and unease from the very first page.

John Burnside's latest novel, Ashland & Vine, is also set in America. He tells us more about how the absence of history in American life spurred him to tell the story of some of its counter-cultural past - a period of resistance that has striking parallels with the world we live in today.

And because we love you, we even round things off with a poem from Burnside's new collection, Still Life with Feeding Snake.

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Part 2

Édouard Louis has caused a sensation in Europe with his autobiographical novel, The End of Eddy, and here he tells us more about giving a voice to those that feel marginalised, why the world already has enough fiction in it and his experiences talking about the book around the world.

Ross Raisin's new novel, A Natural, takes us into the world of football and examines the plight of those that may not fit into the traditional masculine roles, the physical impact of the game on the body and the lives of those that surround the players.

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