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Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row between 1998 and 2014. He is also a Guardian columnist, and presents Mark Lawson Talks To… on BBC Four. He has written several books, the most recent of which is his novel The Deaths.

Cynthia Ozick in conversation with Mark Lawson
Cynthia Ozick has been hailed as one of the greatest American story writers today. Born in New York in 1928, she is renowned as a writer of essays, short stories and novels and has been described as “the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time”. Always engaged with the Jewish tradition, Ozick’s work is funny, daring and serious, cutting through life to its core of meaning. Her new novel The Bear Boy is an outsider’s view of depression-era New York set at a unique m...
Mike Leigh in conversation with Mark Lawson
Maverick director and writer Mike Leigh has had a huge impact on British cinema and theatre. Salford born, he loves to describe ordinary lives, achieving a body of work far from ordinary.  Whether for the stage or the screen, he has developed a unique style of authorship: he assembles a few actors, weeks of long conversations evolve through secret rehearsals into creating the characters and the final story. His triumphant return to the stage with Two Thousand Years saw him address...
Documentary Film: Philip Roth’s Twenty First Century

Mark Lawson is in conversation with Philip Roth, arguably the most powerful voice in modern American fiction. During this frank and provocative interview Roth discussed his fiction since 2000, including his most recent novel, Everyman, the monumental impact of 9/11, and his disillusionment with the Bush administration.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Nora Ephron launched her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, at Book Week. In this session Nora Ephron examined the indignities of ageing with her biting humour, comforting us with the thought that no matter how much our neck sags, our skin wrinkles and our children don’t appreciate us, someone else has been there before you. She gave us glimpses from her anything-but-glamorous debut as a White House intern during the JFK years to her successful caree...
The Doctor in the House

Famously, Jonathan Miller can turn his hand and astonishing brain to anything. Always entertaining, and invariably instructive, the redoubtable raconteur revealed his passions and betes noires to Mark Lawson.

The 3rd Woman

The 3rd Woman is a high-concept thriller set in a world in which the USA bows to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife and the government dictates what the ‘truth’ is. Jonathan Freedland explores the genesis of his fiction about an individual’s quest for justice with broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson, whose own recent novel is The Deaths.

The Allegations
Derived from his personal experiences at the BBC, Mark Lawson’s new novel is a page-turning satire on the aftershocks of damning allegations. Penetrating, savage and often very funny, The Allegations portrays two academics who confront disgrace and disintegration arising from the accusations of colleagues, students and ex-lovers. Mark Lawson captures a contemporary culture in which allegations are easily made and reputations casually destroyed. He is in conversation with journalist J...
The Wild West: Boom or Bust?
The arrival of President Trump and the threat of Europe’s so-called alt-right are already having far-reaching implications around the world. Our panel of experts assess whether Trump’s America will be a gun-slinging new version of The Wild West – a ‘boom or bust’ era – and analyse the likely consequences of US foreign policy for the rest of us. Join us as we reflect on the West’s future. Writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson leads the debate with ...
Tom Bower on Jeremy Corbyn

Acclaimed investigative journalist and bestselling biographer Tom Bower, author of 24 books including the lives of Robert Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Blair and Prince Charles, has penetrated the shadows and myths about Jeremy Corbyn to produce, for the first time, the unvarnished truth.