Open Book - Sean O'Brien, Children's Books of the Year, and Norman Maclean
Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine. Including a round-up of the year's best children's books.
Sean O'Brien Mariella Frostrup talks to the poet Sean O'Brien, last year's winner of the Forward and T S Eliot Prizes. He explains why he finds the silence of libraries fascinating and sinister, and why he chose one as the setting for his first work of fiction.
Children's Books of the Year Mariella is joined by the children's writers Philip Ardagh and Emily Gravett, as well as Caroline Horn, children's books editor of the Bookseller. They choose their favourite children's titles of 2008, from pre-school picture books to the best in teen fiction.
Norman Maclean In 1976 the American academic Norman Maclean published his first book at the age of 74. Now seen as the poet laureate of fly-fishing, Maclean was made famous by the 1993 film adaptation of A River Runs Through It. As a new collection of his work is published, Mariella talks to a fan, Professor Margaret Soltan, to find out