9:55pm – Tuesday, June 5 on ABC1
This month, First Tuesday Book Club host Jennifer Byrne, and regular panellists Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by guests American Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides and British author Dame Stella Rimmington.
The two books being reviewed by the panel are Philip Roth’s tenth book, The Ghost Writer, and Erskine Childers’ spy classic The Riddle of the Sands.
The Ghost Writer tells the story of Nathan Zuckerman, a young author invited to spend an evening at the home of the great Jewish-American writer E.I. Lonoff. While there, he meets a young woman who may or may not be Anne Frank, and the lines between fact and fiction are provocatively blurred.
The Riddle of the Sands, written in 1903 has been called the first example of the modern-day thriller.
Carruthers, a minor official in the Foreign Office is contacted by an acquaintance, Davies, who asks him to join in a yachting holiday in the Baltic Sea. He arrives to find that Davies has a small sailing boat, not the comfortable crewed yacht he expected. Davies gradually reveals that he suspects that the Germans are undertaking something sinister in the German Frisian islands.
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