Frederic Raphael talks with Baroness Joan Bakewell about his memoir, Going Up, a dazzling piece of virtuoso prose writing that is fabulously indiscreet but also deeply moving, laced throughout with wit and erudition. Raphael describes experiences that were later absorbed in his memorable novels and screenplays. He also discusses his latest novel, Private Views.
Frederic Raphael is the author of 20 novels and several essay and story collections. His best-known novel, The Glittering Prizes, was made into a television series which won him the Royal Television Society Award for Writer of the Year. He also received an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1965 film Darling. His latest book A Thousand Kisses started life as a BBC Radio Three feature in 2010 and starring Geoffrey Palmer as the narrator, with Dan Stevens as Catullus. Yet the origins of the book go much further back – right to Frederic’s schooldays when he first conceived the idea of a novel of the poet’s life.
Joan Bakewell is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Belief series and BBC Radio 4’s Inside the Ethics Committee. Her books include her autobiography The Centre of the Bed and, most recently, Stop the Clock. She is President of Birkbeck College, University of London and a Member of the House of Lords. Image c. Colin Bowerman