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Eve Jackson speaks to one of the bravest, most terrifying writers working today, A. M. Homes. They discuss her controversial book "The End of Alice," how to write from a paedophile’s perspective and why women authors aren’t expected to tackle such subjects. Also on the show, Nordic crime fiction's new star, debut novelist Derek B. Miller, talks about "Norwegian By Night" and its unlikely hero, an 82-year-old Jewish New Yorker.
In today’s show we visit the exhibition in Paris celebrating graffiti artist Keith Haring's work. Plus: with two books, two hits, worldwide sales and a mantelpiece full of prizes, we meet the Australian author Anna Funder to talk about her debut novel, "All That I Am".
Natacha Atlas, the singer who has been called the musical bridge between the Arab world and Europe, tells us about her eighth solo album. Also on the programme, we look back at the life of the most influential popular French songwriter of the mid-20th century, Charles Trenet. Finally, we find out if records really are spinning back into popularity.
From absinth to LSD, we look at how artists have been inspired over the yearsby drug-induced states. Also on the show, we report on the new phenomenon of opera in the cinema. Plus: Eve Jackson meets the writer and religious historian Karen Armstrong to talk about her book "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life" that has just been translated into French.
In today’s show Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are camping it up, Carla Bruni's sister represents the ladies and Mexican narcotics cause a ruckus as we dissect the Cannes Film Festival selection. Also on the show a kung fu movie directed by a Chinese art house auteur and Paris' mythical Louxour cinema is resurrected.