Open Book: Claire Messud

BBC Radio 4: Open Book



Claire Messud

Claire Messud talks about her new book, This Strange Eventful History – an epic family history set across seven decades and five perspectives.

Plus Kafka’s influence on contemporary writing – in story collection A Cage Went In Search Of A Bird. Shahidha talks to author Leone Ross and to Anna Kelly, Publishing Director for Abacus and Virago, who commissioned the work.

And in celebration of Pride Month, Chinese American writer Jiaming Tang on how his love of reading helped him embrace his queerness and connect with his family.

Presenter: Shahidha Bari
Producer: Emma Wallace

Book List – Monday 10 June

This Strange Eventful History by Claire Messud
The Last Life by Claire Messud
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: Ten Kafkaesque Stories
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Castle by Franz Kafka
Cockroach by Ian McEwan
The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
Cinema Love by Jiaming Tang
The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda