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Author 'changed underwear twice a year'

Can knowing about a writer's life enhance your enjoyment of their work?

That is the subject of author John Sutherland's new book, Lives of the Novelists, and Chilean playwright, Ariel Dorfman joins John to discuss whether a writer's biography is a distraction to the work.

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