Spoilers and Imperfectionists

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Listen to

Spoilers and Imperfectionists

(1 hour 12 minutes)

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With thanks to the organisers of the Small Wonder Festival
for their permission to publish this recording.

 

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