Books and Authors

              Books and Authors

              This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book, Mariella Frostrup talks to leading authors about their work. A Good Read features Harriett Gilbert discussing a range of favourite titles with guests.

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              • Ryan Gattis on his new novel All Involved

                Sun, 24 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Ryan Gattis talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new novel All Involved, a fictional account of the 1992 Los Angeles riots told from the perspective of several different gang members involved in the violence.

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              • Open Book: Julian Barnes on Keeping An Eye Open

                Sun, 17 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Man Booker prize winner Julian Barnes discusses his new book, Keeping An Eye Open: Essays on Art, Attica Locke on an inspirational book and a tour of Improbable Libraries.

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              • Open Book: Anne Enright on The Green Road

                Sun, 10 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Anne Enright talks about her novel The Green Road, her new role as the Irish fiction laureate, and the latest exciting generation of Irish writers including Sara Baume.

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              • Open Book: Caryl Phillips on The Lost Child

                Sun, 26 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Mariella Frostrup talks to award winning novelist Caryl Phillips whose new novel recalls Wuthering Heights and Mark Ravenhill and Richard T Kelly on a Reader's Guide to Kafka.

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              • Open Book: Mexican Literature

                Sun, 19 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Mexican writers Valeria Luiselli and Jorge Volpi talk about their country's literary heritage and how new voices are re-inventing magical realism.

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              • Open Book: Christopher Bollen on Orient

                Sun, 12 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                American novelist Christopher Bollen talks about his novel Orient, a literary murder mystery set in a remote town on the very tip of Long Island.

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              • A Good Read Ian Ranin & Joe Boyd

                Tue, 31 Mar 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

                Crime writer Ian Rankin and record producer Joe Boyd talk to Harriett Gilbert about some of the great books they've read, including The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid and The Islanders by Pascal Garnier.

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              • Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor 29 Mar 15

                Sun, 29 Mar 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Mariella is joined by author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, who discusses her acclaimed debut novel Dust, about a splintered family in her native Kenya. Richard Beard, whose new book Acts of the Assassins, combines the story of the Crucifixion with a modern day detective novel, and Naomi Alderman, author of The Liars' Gospel, discuss the ways they, and others, have re-imagined Bible stories in their fiction. And Dr Sarah Dillon continues her series of Close Readings by examining a short extract from Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party.

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              • A Good Read Chris Frayling & Abi Morgan 24 March 2015

                Tue, 24 Mar 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Harriett Gilbert talks about favourite books, including A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, with award-winning screenwriter Abi Morgan and cultural historian Christopher Frayling. His choice is The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, a collection of short stories in which he actually features.. And Harriett has recently discovered the darkly comic Mortdecai novels, including the first one, Don't Point that Thing at Me, by Kyril Bonfiglioli.

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              • Chigozie Obioma 22 Mar 15

                Sun, 22 Mar 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                The young Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma talks about his debut novel The Fishermen. Set in a small town in western Nigeria, it combines the traditions of African storytelling with a contemporary narrative of family, politics and history. Alice Munro and Lydia Davis are two formidable masters of the short story, but this month sees the re-issue of their only novels, Lives of Girls and Women and The End of the Story. Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia joins Mariella to discuss the merits of their longer form fiction. We visit Paris in the springtime with a literary postcard from the writer and publisher Paul Fournel. Open Book asked astronomer turned writer Pippa Goldschmidt to gather together the writers who have found inspiration in the extraordinary celestial event of the solar eclipse.

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