In 2001 a group of authors including Andrew O'Hagan, Tony Hawks and Irvine Welsh were given the opportunity to visit Sudan, one of the world's most inaccessible countries. The resulting book: The Weekenders - Travels in the Heart of Africa was an award-winning triumph, combining fiction and non-fiction into a compelling travel narrative that was both entertaining and illuminating. Now the Weekenders are back, joined by some new faces and taking on one of the world's most fascinating and contradictory cities - Calcutta. It is a trip like nothing you've ever seen or heard of before.
About the Author:
Monica Ali: Granta's 2003 Best of Young British; Brick Lane was a Sunday Times bestseller; Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting, Filth, Porno; Tony Hawks: Round Ireland with a Fridge, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, One Hit Wonderland; Victoria Glendinning: biographies of Anthony Trollope, Vita Sackville-West and Rebecca West and novels, The Grown Ups, Electricity, Flight; Jenny Colgan: best-selling chick-lit novelist including Amanda's Wedding and Looking For Andrew McCarthy. Simon Garfield: prize-winning journalist The Nation's Favourite: The True Adventures of Radio 1, Mauve, Last Journey of William Huskisson; Bill Deedes: distinguished journalist, recently author of 'At War with Waugh'; Colm Toibin: celebrated Irish author The South, The Heather Blazing, The Blackwater Lightship shortlisted for Booker; Michael Atherton: former captain of the England cricket team, bestselling autobiography Opening Up; Bella Bathurst: regular contributor to The Guardian and author of both highly acclaimed non-fiction, The Lighthouse Stevensons, and fiction, Special; Edited by Andrew O'Hagan Our Father shortlisted for Booker & Whitbread, latest novel Personality, Granta 2003 Best Young British Writer.