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Former Labour minister Chris Mullin writes on what led to Corbyn becoming leader, and why it's now time for him to go.

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Hosted by Jeremy Lewis. Alexander Chancellor presenting a slideshow of Oldie cartoons The Oldie is particularly well known for the high quality of its cartoons. The magazine's editor will present some of the best from the last (and first!) 24 years. A must for those in need of a chortle. Richard Mabey on The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination As author of the bestselling Flora Britannica and thirty other books, Norfolk's own Mabey is one of Britain's greatest nature writers. His latest book offers an elegant and original examination of our relationship with plants, from mediaeval times to now. D J Taylor on The Prose Factory Critic, novelist and biographer Taylor examines the past century of literary history in his new book. From the battles of modernist and traditionalist to the post-war 'New Man' and the media don; every movement and personality plays its part.
Two years ago, authors at the Book Festival took part in a major study into the multiple inner voices that make up human consciousness. Now, the leader of that project, psychologist Charles Fernyhough, has completed a major book on the subject, which he discusses with Richard Holloway. The Voices Within weaves human anecdotes with research to demonstrate how inner voices have a far more important role in consciousness than science has previously acknowledged.
A political veteran whose diaries were compared favourably to those of Alan Clark and Tony Benn, Chris Mullin had an equally formidable life (Vietnam war reporter, tireless campaigner for the Birmingham Six's release and author of bestselling novel A Very British Coup) before entering the Westminster fold. In a revealing new memoir, Hinterland, he reflects on those early years as well as his time serving under Tony Blair. He talks to Sheena McDonald.

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