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  • Book of the Week - Suburban Shaman

  • Cecil Helman

To be a good doctor you have to be a compassionate chameleon, a shape shifter - a shaman. Even if your adaptation to your patients' world happens at an unconscious level you should always work within their system of ideas, never against it...' So writes Cecil Helman after 27 years as a family practitioner in the suburbs of North London interlaced with training and research as a medical anthropologist, comparing a wide variety of health systems. This unique combination of frontline health worker and detached academic informs the many stories that make up this fascinating book.

To be a good doctor you have to be a compassionate chameleon, a shape shifter - a shaman. Even if your adaptation to your patients' world happens at an unconscious level you should always work within their system of ideas, never against it...' So writes Cecil Helman after 27 years as a family practitioner in the suburbs of North London interlaced with training and research as a medical anthropologist, comparing a wide variety of health systems. This unique combination of frontline health worker and detached academic informs the many stories that make up this fascinating book.

  • Book of the Week - Tales from the Country Matchmaker

  • Patricia Warren

The founder of the first lonely hearts agency for country dwellers brings us the happiest, funniest, most poignant and sometimes downright eccentric tales of love in the countryside. Since founding the Farmers' and Country Bureau from her Peak District farmhouse over twenty years ago, Patricia has been helping love blossom the length and breadth of rural England.

The founder of the first lonely hearts agency for country dwellers brings us the happiest, funniest, most poignant and sometimes downright eccentric tales of love in the countryside. Since founding the Farmers' and Country Bureau from her Peak District farmhouse over twenty years ago, Patricia has been helping love blossom the length and breadth of rural England.

  • Book of the Week - Teenage: The Creation of Youth

  • Jon Savage

In 1945, just as the war was ending, 'the teenager' arrived. This is the story of how we got to that moment - the century and a half of ferment, folly, and angst that created a separate Teen Age in Europe and America.

In 1945, just as the war was ending, 'the teenager' arrived. This is the story of how we got to that moment - the century and a half of ferment, folly, and angst that created a separate Teen Age in Europe and America.

  • Book of the Week - Telling Some Tales

  • Anna Massey

The candid, wryly funny and emotional autobiography of one of the UK’s most respected actresses.

The candid, wryly funny and emotional autobiography of one of the UK’s most respected actresses.

  • Book of the Week - The Heart of the Dales

  • Gervase Phinn

More tales of life as a schools inspector in Yorkshire. Gervase Phinn's colourful cast of characters have now become firm favourites - the eccentric staff at County Hall as well as the children themselves who find ways of embarrassing the school inspectors with innocent ease. Gervase Phinn has an extraordinary talent to entertain, and the latest instalment to the "Dale" series is heart-warming, wry and will make you laugh out loud.

More tales of life as a schools inspector in Yorkshire. Gervase Phinn's colourful cast of characters have now become firm favourites - the eccentric staff at County Hall as well as the children themselves who find ways of embarrassing the school inspectors with innocent ease. Gervase Phinn has an extraordinary talent to entertain, and the latest instalment to the "Dale" series is heart-warming, wry and will make you laugh out loud.

  • Book of the Week - The Hungry Years

  • William Leith

Hunger is the loudest voice in my head. I'm hungry most of the time'. One January morning in 2003, William Leith woke up to the fattest day of his life. That same day he left London for New York to interview controversial diet guru Dr Robert Atkins. What started out as a routine assignment set Leith on an intensely personal and illuminating journey into the mysteries of hunger and addiction. "The Hungry Years" charts new territory for anyone who has ever had a craving or counted a calorie. This story of food, fat, and addiction will change the way you look at food for ever.

Hunger is the loudest voice in my head. I'm hungry most of the time'. One January morning in 2003, William Leith woke up to the fattest day of his life. That same day he left London for New York to interview controversial diet guru Dr Robert Atkins. What started out as a routine assignment set Leith on an intensely personal and illuminating journey into the mysteries of hunger and addiction. "The Hungry Years" charts new territory for anyone who has ever had a craving or counted a calorie. This story of food, fat, and addiction will change the way you look at food for ever.

  • Book of the Week - The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson's first travel book opened with the immortal line, 'I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.' In his deeply funny new memoir, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, and the curious world of 1950s America. It was a happy time, when almost everything was good for you, including DDT, cigarettes and nuclear fallout. This is a book about growing up in a specific time and place. But in Bryson's hands, it becomes everyone's story, one that will speak volumes - especially to anyone who has ever been young.

Bill Bryson's first travel book opened with the immortal line, 'I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.' In his deeply funny new memoir, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, and the curious world of 1950s America. It was a happy time, when almost everything was good for you, including DDT, cigarettes and nuclear fallout. This is a book about growing up in a specific time and place. But in Bryson's hands, it becomes everyone's story, one that will speak volumes - especially to anyone who has ever been young.

  • Book of the Week - The Plimsoll Sensation

  • Nicollette Jones

The tale of the agitation led by Samuel Plimsoll MP, "The Sailor's Friend", and by his wife Eliza, who worked together to defend sailors against nefarious practices including overloading and the use of unseaworthy "coffin-ships".

The tale of the agitation led by Samuel Plimsoll MP, "The Sailor's Friend", and by his wife Eliza, who worked together to defend sailors against nefarious practices including overloading and the use of unseaworthy "coffin-ships".

  • Book of the Week - The Sailor in the Wardrobe - A Memoir

  • Hugo Hamilton

Following on from the success of "The Speckled People", Hugo Hamilton's new memoir has at its heart the story of a summer he spent working at a local harbour in Ireland, at a time of tremendous fear and mistrust.

Following on from the success of "The Speckled People", Hugo Hamilton's new memoir has at its heart the story of a summer he spent working at a local harbour in Ireland, at a time of tremendous fear and mistrust.

  • Book of the Week - Thomas Hardy: The Time-torn Man

  • Claire Tomaline

Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: from the poverty of rural Dorset he went on to become the Grand Old Man of English life and letters, his last resting place in Westminster Abbey. This seminal biography covers Hardy's illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist, and in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet.

Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: from the poverty of rural Dorset he went on to become the Grand Old Man of English life and letters, his last resting place in Westminster Abbey. This seminal biography covers Hardy's illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist, and in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet.

  • Book of the Week - Two Lives

  • Vikram Seth

An astute and poignant depiction of two uprooted lives which are drawn together, touching on key periods of 20th-century history, from the Raj and the Holocaust, to life in post-war Britain. This is a life-enhancing and moving love story of two ordinary yet exceptional people.

An astute and poignant depiction of two uprooted lives which are drawn together, touching on key periods of 20th-century history, from the Raj and the Holocaust, to life in post-war Britain. This is a life-enhancing and moving love story of two ordinary yet exceptional people.

  • Book of the Week - Untold Stories

  • Alan Bennett

"Untold Stories" is Alan Bennett's first collection of prose since "Writing Home" and takes in all his major writings over the last ten years.

"Untold Stories" is Alan Bennett's first collection of prose since "Writing Home" and takes in all his major writings over the last ten years.

  • Book of the Week - Utopian Dreams

  • Tobias Jones

This is a travel book, an account of the year Tobias Jones spent living in communes and amongst unusual dreamers. It is his attempt to retreat from the 'real world' - which is making him emptier and angrier by the day - and seek out the alternatives to modern manners and morality.

This is a travel book, an account of the year Tobias Jones spent living in communes and amongst unusual dreamers. It is his attempt to retreat from the 'real world' - which is making him emptier and angrier by the day - and seek out the alternatives to modern manners and morality.

  • Book of the Week - What Would Barbara Do?

  • Emma Brockes

Londoner Brockes, a 29-year-old playwright who writes for the Guardian, expounds on her love of musicals.

Londoner Brockes, a 29-year-old playwright who writes for the Guardian, expounds on her love of musicals.

  • Book of the Week - Wild Horse Diaries

  • Lizzie Spender

An inspirational memoir about taming wild horses and fulfilling impossible dreams.

An inspirational memoir about taming wild horses and fulfilling impossible dreams.

  • Book of the Week - Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees

  • Roger Deakin

From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, builds hazel benders, and hunts bush-plums with aboriginal women. At once autobiography, history, a traveller's tale and a work of natural history, "Wildwood" is a lyrical and fiercely intimate evocation of the spirit of trees: in nature, in our souls, in our culture, and in our lives.

From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, builds hazel benders, and hunts bush-plums with aboriginal women. At once autobiography, history, a traveller's tale and a work of natural history, "Wildwood" is a lyrical and fiercely intimate evocation of the spirit of trees: in nature, in our souls, in our culture, and in our lives.

  • Book of the Week - You Cannot Live as I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This

  • Terence Blacker

The life of Willie Donaldson ended in June 2005 when he was found dead in the seedy rented flat in Chelsea where he had lived for 35 years. Willie Donaldson's extraordinary, perverse career of writing, drug-taking, brilliance and underachievement put him in the same holy bracket as Peter Cook, Jeffrey Bernard, Peter Sellers, Hunter Thompson and Alan Clark, although his talent for sabotaging his own achievements has meant that his legend has up until now remained a secret to the few. Friend and collaborator, Terence Blacker's intimate biography will finally turn him into the iconic anti-hero of British non-conformism that he truly was, telling Willie's strange story in all its glamour, hilarity and pain.

The life of Willie Donaldson ended in June 2005 when he was found dead in the seedy rented flat in Chelsea where he had lived for 35 years. Willie Donaldson's extraordinary, perverse career of writing, drug-taking, brilliance and underachievement put him in the same holy bracket as Peter Cook, Jeffrey Bernard, Peter Sellers, Hunter Thompson and Alan Clark, although his talent for sabotaging his own achievements has meant that his legend has up until now remained a secret to the few. Friend and collaborator, Terence Blacker's intimate biography will finally turn him into the iconic anti-hero of British non-conformism that he truly was, telling Willie's strange story in all its glamour, hilarity and pain.

The evil supremo meets Dr Faustus. Martin Jenkin's fable adaptation of a man selling his soul to the Devil. Stars Mark Gatiss.

The evil supremo meets Dr Faustus. Martin Jenkin's fable adaptation of a man selling his soul to the Devil. Stars Mark Gatiss.

Faust wants sex. Mephistopheles wants his signature. Fable adaptation of a man selling his soul to the Devil. Stars Mark Gatiss.

Faust wants sex. Mephistopheles wants his signature. Fable adaptation of a man selling his soul to the Devil. Stars Mark Gatiss.

Faust gets a girl, Mephistopheles closes in and Gretchen's ruination is charted. Adapted Devil-dealing fable with Mark Gatiss.

Faust gets a girl, Mephistopheles closes in and Gretchen's ruination is charted. Adapted Devil-dealing fable with Mark Gatiss.

Gretchen is pregnant with Faust's child, but the worst is yet to come. Adapted Devil-dealing fable starring Mark Gatiss.

Gretchen is pregnant with Faust's child, but the worst is yet to come. Adapted Devil-dealing fable starring Mark Gatiss.

Faust becomes bored by years of wish fulfilment. Fable adaptation of a man selling his soul to the Devil. Stars Mark Gatiss.

Faust becomes bored by years of wish fulfilment. Fable adaptation of a man selling his soul to the Devil. Stars Mark Gatiss.

Venerated as one of the most important science fiction writers today, Brian Aldiss discusses his latest work with Mark Lawson.

Venerated as one of the most important science fiction writers today, Brian Aldiss discusses his latest work with Mark Lawson.

Mark Lawson interviews David Lodge who's new novel Author, Author journeys back to the 1880s to explore Henry James' middle years...

Mark Lawson interviews David Lodge who's new novel Author, Author journeys back to the 1880s to explore Henry James' middle years...

Harold Pinter has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Listen to a special profile and to a full length Interview with Pinter.

Harold Pinter has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Listen to a special profile and to a full length Interview with Pinter.

Author, Joanna Trollope talks to Francine about her latest novel Brother and Sister which looks at on the effect of adoption on several generations.

Author, Joanna Trollope talks to Francine about her latest novel Brother and Sister which looks at on the effect of adoption on several generations.

In a special edition of Front Row, Mark Lawson talks in a rare extended interview to writer John le Carré. As his latest book Absolute Friends is published, le Carré looks back at his childhood and his relationship with his father. He explains how his work for the British foreign service has influenced his writing and reflects on the current international political situation.

In a special edition of Front Row, Mark Lawson talks in a rare extended interview to writer John le Carré. As his latest book Absolute Friends is published, le Carré looks back at his childhood and his relationship with his father. He explains how his work for the British foreign service has influenced his writing and reflects on the current international political situation.

Mark Lawson talks to Barnes in his London home about his writing career, why his Who's Who entry is so enigmatically brief, and why he shrugs off the label of Francophile despite an enduring attraction to all things French.

Mark Lawson talks to Barnes in his London home about his writing career, why his Who's Who entry is so enigmatically brief, and why he shrugs off the label of Francophile despite an enduring attraction to all things French.

Mark Lawson talks to Minette Walters on winning the 2003 Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel.

Mark Lawson talks to Minette Walters on winning the 2003 Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel.

Dame Muriel Spark talks to Mark Lawson at her home in Tuscany about her disastrous teenage marriage, the boyfriend who tried to sell her back her own letters and her conversion to Catholicism.

Dame Muriel Spark talks to Mark Lawson at her home in Tuscany about her disastrous teenage marriage, the boyfriend who tried to sell her back her own letters and her conversion to Catholicism.