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Talking of Books on DubaiEye 103.8FM

On Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm

Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and Annabelle Corton are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers from the UAE’s reading community. Listen live or catch up with our podcast for literary anecdotes and news to give you an edge at dinner parties, fiction and non-fiction reviews and suggestions, writing and publishing tips, interviews with some of today’s greatest authors, debates about the best/worst of the book world, and music inspired by literature.

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Isobel Abulhoul

Isobel says the three hours she spends on the show each week fly by. “This is a very enjoyable hobby and not my job … the hard work is having to read the books every week and research all the material for the program.”
Isobel says she enjoys talking about books with “like-minded people” and lists author Paolo Coelho as her most challenging interview. “He is a very difficult character to pin down and it was a great challenge to get him to commit to anything beyond yes and no!”

Annabelle Corton

Annabelle Corton loves words, especially when they’re in the right order. During the week she assists in curating the programme of events for #DubaiLitFest, runs the Festival Book Club and Foundation Writing Group, and comes back for even more book chat on Saturday’s Talking of Books show.
Annabelle has been a regular guest on a variety of shows across the Dubai Eye network, discussing the written and spoken word. When she’s not behind the mic, you can find her curled up on the sofa next to her dogs Rex and Lola, reading.
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