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Graham Robb Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / April 11, 2010

Graham Robb is arguably the best biographer of France writing today. His “Discovery of France” won so many awards it would be difficult to enumerate them here. Now Robb has come out with “Parisians,” an adventure history of Paris. But it is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution […]

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Interview with Flora Fraser

By Lewis Frumkes / May 10, 2009

Flora Fraser, the elegant biographer of Pauline Bonaparte, who incidentally is the stepdaughter of playwright Harold Pinter (Nobel Prize 2005) who married her mother, Lady Antonia Fraser, stops by to discuss Napoleon’s sister who was once considered the most beautiful woman in Europe. Not only was Pauline Bonaparte beautiful, she […]

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David Grann Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / April 12, 2009

 David Grann, a staff writer at the New Yorker, was so obsessed about what happened to the great British explorer Percy Fawcett when he disappeared in the Amazon jungles in 1925 that he put his life on the line and followed Fawcett’s path to find out.  “The Lost City of […]

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Sarah Lyall Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / December 21, 2008

Sarah Lyall who used to write a book column for the New York Times among other things married an Englishman and moved to London ten years ago. Result, she penned THE ANGLO FILES; A Field Guide to the British. Kirkus said of it “Fresh, funny and occasionally wicked.” Listen to our […]

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Jennet Conant Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / December 7, 2008

Jeanette is a fascinating woman who writes fascinating books. As the daughter of James Conant one time president of Harvard University Jeanette grew up around fascinating characters. In The Irregulars she talks about some dashing British intelligence agents during World War II whose names may surprise you. Do the names Roald Dahl, […]

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Nicholson Baker Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / March 9, 2008

Since I reviewed Nicholson Baker for the New York Times Book Review years ago,  he has become one of our most inventive and daring writers, unafraid to experiment stylistically or  raise hackles wherever he thinks necessary. Often writing with his tongue lodged firmly in his cheek, Nicholson skewers his targets […]

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Andrea Di Robilant Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / February 24, 2008

Andrea, author of A VENETIAN AFFAIR lives in Rome where he is a correspondent for the newspaper La Stampa. Pretend you are listening to Radio Italy.

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Richard Reeves Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / January 20, 2008

Richard who at one time was chief foreign correspondent for The New York Times as written a superb biography of Rutherford one of the lesser known but truly great geniuses of modern history. Rutherford is responsible for the physical representation of the atom the way we all know it. Reeves […]

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Graham Robb Interview

By Lewis Frumkes / November 1, 2007

THE DISCOVERY OF FRANCE has been called the greatest book about travelling through France by bicycle ever written.

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