Backlisted Podcast Live: Hilary Spurling and Philip Hensher on Anthony Powell

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Backlisted is the popular literary podcast that gives new life to old books. Every fortnight Unbound publisher John Mitchinson and author Andy Miller (The Year of Reading Dangerously) are joined by guests for a lively and fascinating discussion of a much-loved book from the backlist.

For this special live recording, to be broadcast on Christmas Day, the team will be looking at Anthony Powell's Books Do Furnish a Room, the tenth volume of A Dance to the Music of Time, with the help of Powell's biographer Hilary Spurling and novelist Philip Hensher. The novel was first published in 1971 and focusses on literary London in the aftermath of the Second World War. In addition to recurring characters from 'the Dance', such as narrator Nick Jenkins, publisher J.G. Quiggin, and Kenneth and Pamela Widmerpool, the book features the bohemian novelist X Trapnel, based on the writer and dandy Julian MacLaren-Ross (author of Of Love and Hunger). The discussion will not be restricted to Books Do Furnish a Room, however, and will consider the sequence as a whole - and what Powell can offer readers today.