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The Mr B's Podcast

We invite you to turn your laptop/tablet/phone on, plug in your earphones, and spend half an hour in the company of books and the Mr B’s Team. Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights is an independent bookshop in Bath, named one of the top ten independent bookshops in the world by the Guardian in 2015.
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Welcome to the Mr B's Podcast: the audio-home of Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath. Read more about our different episodes, and the bookshop where they are all made here 

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Oct 24, 2018

A real person? As in a REAL person? The cheek of it!

This month we're looking at great (as in bold, irreverent, inventive, insightful...) examples of authors using real historical individuals as overt basis for their characters. We're not talking vaguely inspired by, but names and all, although - as we will see - a name can be deceiving. How much is ever real in fiction? And how much is ever made up?

Olivia Laing, author of art-memoir gems such as The Lonely City and The Trip to Echo Spring, joins us to talk about her first novel, Crudo, who uses the persona of artist/writer Kathy Acker as her narrator.

Hosted by Jessica Johannesson. Music: ‘Declaration’ by The Bookshop Band.

Now take a look at our Magpies of Fiction reading list

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