Sebastian Faulks began his writing career as a journalist - including a stint at the Daily Telegraph - before publishing his first novel, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, in 1989. He’s gone on to write over a dozen more novels, including Charlotte Gray, Engleby, and Human Traces -- but is perhaps best known for Birdsong, a war novel and family saga which moves between the trenches of World War One and late-1970s England, and which consistently appears on surveys of the nation’s favourite books.
His latest work, Paris Echo, is set in contemporary France, and follows two outsiders as they navigate the city - their steps echoed by testimonials from women who lived there under German occupation during the Second World War.
He joined Laura Powell to talk about inspiration, journalism, Paris - and his life in books.
Ruth Jones is best known for playing Nessa in Gavin and Stacey - the BBC TV comedy she co-wrote with James Corden - and also for starring in and writing the comedy series Stella, set in her native South Wales.
Earlier this year she also wrote her first novel, Never Greener, which tells the story...
Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London and went on to work as a minicab controller, braille typer and brochure writer for Club 18-30, before settling on journalism.
She worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The...