BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week:Francis Bacon In Your Blood

25th August 2015

Adrian Scarborough reads Michael Peppiatt’s intimate and indiscreet account of his thirty-year friendship with the defining artist of our time.

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho’s French House to request an interview for a student magazine. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon’s death in 1992.

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Hallie Rubenhold has historical novel adapted for the BBC, starring Natalie Dormer

18th August 2015

A TV adaptation of Hallie Rubenhold’s Lady Worsley’s Whim aired on BBC2 as a racy period drama titled The Scandalous Lady W on 17th August. Starring Natalie Dormer as the spirited young heiress, over 2.5 million people tuned in to watch her make history with a divorce that shocked the country. To keep this number on the rise, watch it here.

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Mrs Engels longlisted for Guardian First Book Award

17th August 2015

Gavin McCrea’s Mrs Engels has been long-listed for the 2015 Guardian First Book Award as one of ten débuts selected by judges for their flair and originality. His novel, set in both Manchester and London, imagines a world where Friedrich Engels marries a simple factory worker, Lizzie Burns, whilst joining Karl Marx in stirring up a revolution, and Lizzie’s own heart.

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Alex Bellos on The Royal Society Winton Prize Shortlist

5th August 2015

Judge Sarah Waters: “The best science writers can move and thrill us just as much as Austen or Dickens”

The Royal Society has announced the shortlist for The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015, the only major international prize that celebrates science writing for a non-specialist audience.

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