Stapleford Granary

Event description

Wednesday 21 November 2018  19:30  £12

100 Best Novels and Non Fiction

with the Robert McCrum from the Observer and BBC reporter Stephen Chittenden

Robert McCrum, in conversation with Radio 5’s Stephen Chittenden, discusses book lists, in particular his 100 Best Novels and Non Fiction series for the Observer.

Robert McCrum is a writer and editor whose most recent book, Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame was published by Picador in 2017.

 From 1980 to 1996, he was editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, where he published Kazuo Ishiguro, Milan Kundera, Peter Carey, Paul Auster, Marilynne Robinson, Lorrie Moore, Adam Phillips and Hanif Kureishi….and many more. At the same time, he wrote seven novels, and co-authored the BBC TV series, The Story Of English, for which he was awarded an Emmy in 1986.

He was appointed literary editor of the Observer in 1996, and published P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in 2004. His account of his stroke, My Year Off (1998), is now in its third edition as a Picador Classic.

Between 2014 and 2015 he made for The Observer in a weekly serial, his choice of the 100 Best Novels (in English).  This was subsequently published in 2015 by Cambridge-based indie publisher Galileo.

Following this, and starting early in 2016, the Observer commissioned him to do the same for the 100 Best Non Fiction Books of All Time, and this selection also comes out in book form from Galileo in October 2018 -- to coincide with his appearance at Stapleford Granary.