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Lawrence Osborne on re-imagining Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's iconic sleuth

The British novelist spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about writing the quintessential hard-boiled detective's final case.

Teju Cole, Madeleine Thien and Dionne Brand on the places and spaces that inspire their writing

The three celebrated writers joined Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto for a discussion about the significance of location in literature.

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Zadie Smith on the ups and downs of female friendship in Swing Time

The author of White Teeth and On Beauty talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her most recent novel, and discusses essays from her new collection, Feel Free.

Ruth Ozeki, Chris Abani and Tash Aw on faces and identity

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with three authors of the 2016 memoir series, The Face. Chris Abani, Tash Aw and Ruth Ozeki explore the relationship of our faces to identity and belonging.

Man Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle on domestic violence, writing from memory and the lure of Irish culture

The Irish writer won the 1993 Man Booker Prize for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, about a boy's life growing up poor in Dublin.

Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James on writing himself into a new life

Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which revolves around​ an assassination attempt on reggae superstar Bob Marley.​

Sebastián Lelio on the fantastic woman at the heart of his Oscar-winning film

The celebrated Chilean film director takes an intimate look at the stories and ideas behind his work.

'I don't believe in God, but I miss him.' Julian Barnes on why he puts his faith in stories

The celebrated English writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2011, shortly after winning the Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of an Ending.

Pat Barker on how her grandfather's war wound inspired her powerful World War I trilogy

The Man Booker Prize-winning English novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 1997 on writing fiction about the physical and psychological impact of war.

J. M. Coetzee on language, writing and the pleasure of reading

The famously aloof South African novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2000, shortly after his second Man Booker win.

Aravind Adiga's books tackle clashes of the classes in Indian society

Aravind Adiga stunned the literary world when his first novel, The White Tiger, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Hilary Mantel vies for Golden Man Booker Award with Tudor novel, Wolf Hall

The English writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel about her Man Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

Claude Lanzmann on his historic Holocaust film, Shoah

In 2013, Eleanor Wachtel interviewed the late French writer and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, whose epic documentary Shoah has been hailed as a masterpiece.

Peter Carey reimagines the life and death of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly

The two-time Man Booker winner talked to Eleanor Wachtel in 2001 about his bestselling novel, True History of the Kelly Gang.

In Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal

The celebrated Canadian author's new historical novel delves into the personal questions left behind by the Second World War.

In Warlight, Michael Ondaatje explores family secrets and betrayal

The celebrated Canadian author's new historical novel delves into the personal questions left behind by the Second World War.

Danzy Senna's darkly comic take on racial identity

The American novelist draws on her experience growing up in an interracial family in her edgy, prize-winning fiction. Her latest novel is New People.

​Jonas Hassen Khemiri crosses borders through words and imagination​

Swedish novelist and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri has received international acclaim for his innovative, politically charged work. His latest novel, Everything I Don't Remember, received Sweden's top literary prize.

Edward St. Aubyn Encore

English writer Edward St Aubyn has written a series of novels about Patrick Melrose, a young man who - like himself - was abused by his father starting when he was five. Now, St Aubyn has produced a 5th Patrick Melrose novel, called At Last....
From The Archives

The incomparable Philip Roth: looking back on his life in fiction

From Goodbye, Columbus to The Plot Against America, in 2009 the award-winning novelist talked to Eleanor Wachtel about his remarkable career.

Rachel Kushner examines California's prison system in her new novel, The Mars Room

The author spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about why the book pays homage to the troubled friends of her youth.
Nordic Imagination

From the Norse sagas to Björk — Hallgrimur Helgason on Iceland's explosion of culture

The author of Woman at 1,000 Degrees takes a look at the country's deep literary history.
From the archives

The nuances of sex, class and religion in American society, according to the late Tom Wolfe

Looking back at the writing from the Man in the White Suit in this 2005 interview with Eleanor Wachtel.

Listen to Writers & Company's special series on the Nordic imagination

Over four episodes, Eleanor Wachtel explores the popularity of Nordic fiction through interviews with Hans Rosenfeldt, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dorthe Nors and Hallgrimur Helgason.