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Forgotten classics


The BBC is taking a look at forgotten classics in literature on Radio Four’s Open Book program. They are interviewing 10 British and Irish authors, asking each to suggest the work which they feel is the most under appriciated. After each author has given their pitch the public will be asked to vote on the book they feel is the best example of a forgotten classic. The book which recieves the most votes will be dramatised by Radio Four for our collective listening pleasure.

Forgotten classic books nominees:
William Boyd chose The Polyglots by William Gerhardie
Susan Hill chose The Rector’s Daughter by F M Mayor
Hari Kunzru chose A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
Ruth Rendell chose Many Dimensions by Charles Williams
Colm Toibin chose Esther Waters by George Moore
Beryl Bainbridge chose The Quest for Corvo by A J A Symons
Howard Jacobson chose Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
Val McDermid chose Carol by Patricia Highsmith
Michael Morpurgo chose The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
Joanna Trollope chose Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope

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