Talking of Books: Saturdays, 10am-1pm on Dubai Eye 103.8
Talking of Books is a weekly review show which showcases some of Dubai’s most intrepid readers. From new releases to chats with local and international authors, this is a must-listen for any bibliophile.
Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and John MacDonald are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers drawn from the UAE’s reading community, to discuss and review a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction books, from business to travel; holistic to historical. Also, every week Isobel and John select a Book Champion to come in and introduce Dubai to a book they think is particularly significant and should be more widely read.
Talking of Books features regular interviews with today’s greatest writers, with previous interviewees including bestselling novelist Chris Cleave, superstar children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson, Andy Stanton and David Almond, internationally-renowned philosopher AC Grayling and rugby legend Brian Moore.
You can hear some of the previous interviews on our radio archive.
This section is still under construction and will be frequently updated with new and past interviews.
Saturday 26 April: The Wolf in Winter
On Saturday 26 April, the Talking of Books team and lead reviewer Lesley Cully will discuss The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly, the latest Charlie Parker thriller. Declan Hughes in the Irish Times called it “a brilliant performance from one of our finest writers.”
Later on the show, Julie Mallon will champion the books of Sebastian Barry and students from JESS Arabian Ranches will review The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg.
Coming up on Talking of Books
3 May: Transatlantic by Colum McCann
10 May: The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah
17 May: Treachery by SJ Parris
24 May: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
31 May The Three by Sarah Lotz