April 5x15 with Edmund de Waal, Suzanne O'Sullivan, Horatio Clare and more
Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer. The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance was de Waal's extraordinarily moving memoir of his family chosen as one of the books of the decade by the Sunday Times and of the 21st century by the Guardian. Now with Letters to Camondo he tells the story of the Count Moïse de Camondo, who, like de Waal’s forebears, was part of Belle Époque society, and also subject to its anti-semitism. Unchanged since 1936, Camondo’s spectacular Parisian house and extensive art collection were bequeathed on his death to the nation.
Horatio Clare is a bestselling author, broadcaster and former BBC arts radio producer. In Heavy Light he recalls the onset of the mania that saw him sectioned, and describes how the healing process led him to investigate the front-line reality of the ‘mental health crisis’. Previous books Horatio Clare inlcude the memoirs Running for the Hills and Truantand the travel books A Single Swallow.
Walter Isaacson, the acclaimed biographer of Steve Jobs, returns with The Code Breakers which describes the world-changing gene-editing invention CRISPR and its remarkable creator, and asks whether the benefits of controlling our DNA outweigh the potential alarming consequences of its misuse. Walter is a professor at Tulane University, a former chair and CEO of CNN and a former editor of Time magazine.
Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize-winning folk singer, conservationist, song collector, broadcaster and activist. The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird, is Sam’s first book - a unique and lyrical portrait of nightingales in myth and poetry, and an exploration of how environmental issues are threatening the future of this charmed and elusive bird.
Suzanne O’Sullivan is a neurologist specialising in complex epilepsy; she is also a winner of the Wellcome Book Prize. Sleeping Beauties is a fascinating investigation into communities struck by seemingly-inexplicable illnesses, from mysterious outbreaks of memory loss to apparently contagious seizures - inspired by an extremely poignant encounter she had with the 'sleeping refugee children' of Sweden . 'In my view the best science writer around – a true descendant of Oliver Sacks.' Sathnam Sanghera.