Death, war, violence—Justin Cartwright, Louise Doughty, Aminatta Forna and Charlotte Grimshaw explain how they use the burdens and secrets of their characters to help drive plot and narrative. Hosted by Sandra Martin.
Justin Cartwright is the author of the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers and The Promise of Happiness, which was awarded the Hawthornden Prize. His most recent novel, Other People’s Money, was named the Spear’s Novel of the Year. Cartwright presents Lion Heart, which finds Richie Cathar venturing to the Holy Land to discover the fate of Christianity’s most sacred relic and the truth about his father.
Louise Doughty is the author of six novels, including Whatever You Love, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has won accolades for both her radio drama and short stories, and has published a work of non-fiction, A Novel in a Year, which is based on her popular newspaper column. A critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers, she broadcasts regularly for the BBC. Doughty presents Apple Tree Yard, a psychological thriller about one woman’s adultery and a reckless decision that leads to accusations of murder.
Aminatta Forna is the author of a memoir, The Devil That Danced on Water, and two novels, Ancestor Stones and The Memory of Love, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She will be the Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, Massachusetts beginning September 2013. Forna presents her new novel, The Hired Man, about a man struggling with the effects of the Croatian War of Independence, and a town plagued by the many secrets and tensions left in the wake of conflict.
- Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of five critically acclaimed novels and two short story collections, including Opportunity, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Prize and won New Zealand’s premier Montana award for fiction. She writes a monthly column in Metro magazine, for which she won a 2009 Qantas Media Award. She presents her most recent novel, Soon, which brings together a cast of characters whose private lives and political ambitions become increasingly entangled over the course of a summer holiday at a secluded beach house.
Sandra Martin, a senior features writer with The Globe and Mail, is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is the author or editor of five books, including the bestselling anthology The First Man in My Life: Daughters Write About Their Fathers. Her most recent book, Working the Dead Beat: 50 Lives that Changed Canada, explores the culture and future of obituaries in a 24/7 digital world, while documenting the life stories of 50 Canadians—some famous, some relatively unknown—who made an indelible imprint on our social and cultural history.