Elite writers talk about their favourite authors on Zee Café’s ‘BBC First’
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Elite writers talk about their favourite authors on Zee Café’s ‘BBC First’

New Delhi, Aug 12: Among the many things that signify Great Britain, one simply can’t ignore the plethora of literary geniuses who belonged to this kingdom.

From Shakespeare, Dickens to Austen and Tolkien – Britain has owned the storytelling game since the beginning of time!

Introducing one gifted storyteller after another, Britain is still home to some of the most unconventional and riveting stories.

Diving into this world of unforgettable storytelling once again, Zee Café, in association with BBC Worldwide brings award-winning premium British dramas with the second edition of its content block 'BBC First'.

The exciting line-up of shows include - 'Doctor Foster Season 2', 'Top Of The Lake Season 2', 'Maigret Season 2', 'Paula', 'Wolf Hall', 'Unforgotten', 'Broken', 'In The Dark', 'Burton' and 'Taylor', 'The Interceptor', 'Born to Kill' and 'The Collection'.

Speaking about his favourite book, Danny Brocklehurst, the writer of 'In The Dark', says, 'Catcher in the Rye literally changed my life and pointed me on a path towards education and the career I now have. I owe it everything.'

He also adds, “Roald Dahl was the first writer I wanted to emulate and he has remained inspiring throughout my life.”

Writer of ‘The Collection’, Oliver Goldstick is quick to share about his admiration for Flannery O Connor's work.

He says, “Her stories, almost all of them well-crafted jewels, perfectly capture the post-war American South, a troubled setting rife with racism and hypocritical religion. There are very few authors -- living or dead -- who can make you laugh one moment, recoil the next, and miraculously empathize with an outrageous character moments later.”

Guy Andrews--writer of 'Maigret' said,'Shakespeare, again and again. I love the Russkis, especially Tolstoy, Turgenev and Nabokov. John Updike. Anthony Powell. Edward St Aubyn (super-fashionable now). P.G. Wodehouse. Austen, Conrad and James are in with a shout.'

Tony Sainy,writer of 'The Interceptor' said,'“I have always been a big fan of the spy novels of Eric Ambler, and I would choose in particular a trio he wrote in the years just preceding the outbreak of the Second World War, namely ‘Epitaph For A Spy’, ‘Journey Into Fear’ and ‘The Mask Of Dimitrios’. These are stories of excitement and adventure, often in exotic locations, but what I especially like is that they have at their heart not a superhero with an extraordinary skill set but a central character who is a normal civilian. These books are thrillers in the true sense and Ambler was a master of the form.”

'BBC First' airs on weeknights at 2200 hrs on Zee Café. (UNI)