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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Recent episodes (10)

  • 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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  • A Good Read Claire Skinner & Louise Welsh

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actress Claire Skinner, who plays the mum in BBC One's Outnumbered, and Glaswegian author Louise Welsh, talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. They include A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers.

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  • Children's Literature

    Sun, 15 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Daniel Hahn talks about updating The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, while two children of novelists - Renny Taylor and Deborah Moggach - celebrate the reissue of their parents' children's books and share memories of growing up with a writer.

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  • A Good Read Rebecca Front & Laura Dockrill 10 March 2015

    Tue, 10 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actress Rebecca Front and poet and writer Laura Dockrill talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. All three guests choose books with a strong female protagonist, but settings range from wartime England to Seattle in the digital age.

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