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My Life in Books with Red Széll

Join broadcaster Red Széll in one-on-one interviews with authors who discuss their life, works and three books that have resonated with them. Sundays at 2 p.m. Eastern.

My Life in Books with Red Széll

Join broadcaster Red Széll in one-on-one interviews with authors who discuss their life, works and three books that have resonated with them. Sundays at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Recent episodes

Alison MacLeod

Authored on December 19, 2021

This month, Red is in conversation with Canadian-British author Alison MacLeod, whose latest novel "Tenderness" weaves together fact and fiction to explore the genesis and repercussions of one of the most notorious books ever written: D.H. Lawrence’s "Lady Chatterley’s Lover."

Through her extensive research, Alison has uncovered not only an FBI plot to suppress "Lady Chatterley’s" publication on both sides of the Atlantic, but also the likely model for Constance Chatterley herself.

Join Alison and Red as they discuss how her findings fed into the creation of "Tenderness," and how the controversy surrounding "Lady Chatterley" exposed fault lines in 20th-century Western culture that continue to reverberate today.

Ursula Buchan

Authored on November 21, 2021

This month, Red is joined by Ursula Buchan, author of A Life of John Buchan: Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps.

With access to a family archive, much of which has never been published before, Ursula - the granddaughter of the man who invented the modern thriller - has produced a fascinating portrait of a remarkable man. In a life spanning just 64 years, Buchan was also a scholar, barrister, diplomat, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda, British Member of Parliament and much-loved Governor General of Canada.

Together, Ursula and Red will explore how, fueled by a passion for literature and literacy, John Buchan left a legacy that continues to inspire readers and writers today.

Mick Finlay

Authored on October 24, 2021

This month, Red is joined by Mick Finlay, author of the acclaimed Arrowood series of historical detective novels.

Set in Victorian London, his down-at-heel detective, William Arrowood, is a poor man’s Sherlock Holmes who makes no secret of his contempt and envy for his more famous rival.

With the publication of the fourth book in the series, Arrowood and the Meeting House Murders, Red felt it was high time to bring their creator in for questioning.

Together, Mick and Red explore some of the main themes and plotlines of the series, as well as the books that have inspired Mick as a storyteller.