photo by Owen Weber
Spoilers and Imperfectionists
with William Skidelsky, Annalena McAfee and Tom Rachman
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Recorded at the 2011 Small Wonder Festival
at Charleston House, East Sussex.
Books editor of the Observer, William Skidelsky, hosts a discussion with Annalena McAfee and Tom Rachman, looking at why the world of journalism is such a ripe target for satire.
Writer and journalist Annalena McAfee is the former editor and founder of The Guardian‘s literary supplement, the Guardian Review. Her novel The Spoiler is a tragicomic tale about two female journalists, one a frontline reporter, the other a features writer, both about to become obsolete in the digital age. McAfee is also the author of a number of children’s books, and the editor of a collection of literary profiles from The Guardian.
Tom Rachman‘s best selling The Imperfectionists is a funny and poignant collection of stories, which revolves around the demise of a newspaper and the characters who depend on it. Rachman has worked as an editor at the foreign desk of The Associated Press in New York, as a correspondent in Rome, a reporter in India and Sri Lanka, and as a part-time editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He currently lives in London and is working on his second novel.
(1 hour 12 minutes)
With thanks to the organisers of the Small Wonder Festival
for their permission to publish this recording.