Bookwaves/Artwaves – April 9, 2020: John Lanchester, Mary Higgins Clark


John Lanchester, whose latest novel is “The Wall,” now out in trade paper, is interviewed by Richard Wolinsky.

The Wall takes place in a very possible future in which the world’s beaches have disappeared as the planet has warmed and oceans have grown. Taking place in an unnamed country, which is clearly England, a wall has been built not only to protect the land from the rising seas, but to keep out refugees fleeing no longer inhabitable countries. The protagonist is a young man who must guard the wall, and if it’s breached, he is forced out of the country. John Lanchester is a novelist and essayist who has written for The London Review of Books, the Guardian and other publications. An extended version can be heard as a Radio Wolinsky podcast.


Mary Higgins Clark (1927-2020), who died on January 31st, 2020 at the age of 92, was the best-selling author of 51 books, most of them suspense novels featuring women in jeopardy, with four theatrical films and over thirty other books adapted for television. Richard Wolinsky and Richard A. Lupoff interviewed  Mary Higgins Clark for the Probablitiles radio program on May 24, 1989 while she was on tour for her 13th novel “While My Pretty One Sleeps.” The interview was conducted in her San Francisco hotel room.

Digitized, re-mastered, and re-edited by Richard Wolinsky in April, 2020.

Extended  40-minute Radio Wolinsky podcast.

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