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Talking of Books on DubaiEye 103.8FM
On Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm
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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As the U.S. Postal Service officially designated April National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001, we thought we’d put our email and social media apps aside for an hour and celebrate the art of the handwritten note on Talking of Books.
A nod to its American origins, tune in for our review of To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas, which is an in-depth account behind the scenes of the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence, featuring interviews with the former President, the letter-writers themselves and White House Staff.
If you like a bit of an argument, you can stay tuned for our Book Off debate to decide the best-written letter of all time, plus you’ll have a chance to hear one writer’s moving response to a beloved book that isn’t without its controversies, live on air.
We also recommend and review a stack of fiction that will make you think, we find out why a cat has turned into a vampire in our Story Corner, and how do you make a book go viral? We’ll discuss some of the best and worst examples of clever book marketing.
If you have an opinion on the best-written letter of all time, or a book that uses the medium of letter-writing to its advantage, you can email us on email@example.com
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 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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Look back on The Ticket’s Radio Book Club where Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Ahlam Bolooki, looked at reads for the train and the plane, etc as well as book news. Listen to the podcasts on the Dubai Eye website.
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