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)

  • A Good Read Anita Rani & Katharine Whitehorn 3 March 2015

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Anita Rani and Katharine Whitehorn talk books, including Terry Pratchett's first Discworld novel and F Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby, with Harriett Gilbert.

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  • A Good Read Josie Long & Romesh Ranganathan 24 February 15

    Tue, 24 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books, including Yann Martel's Booker Prize winner Life of Pi, with Josie Long and Romesh Ranganathan

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  • Open Book: Rabih Alameddine on An Unnecessary Woman 22 Feb 2015

    Sun, 22 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Rabih Alameddine on his new novel An Unnecessary Woman which was shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction.

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  • A Good Read John Sergeant & Helen Lewis 17 February 2015

    Tue, 17 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Political editor turned Strictly contestant John Sergeant and Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, tell Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books. They include Sebastian Faulks' new Jeeves and Wooster novel, and children's classic The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.

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  • Anne Tyler on her new novel A Spool of Blue Thread 15 Feb 15

    Sun, 15 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Anne Tyler's writing career spans fifty years and twenty novels, including Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist and A Patchwork Planet. She's a bestselling author who has won many awards including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critic Circle Award. In a rare interview she talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel, her twentieth, A Spool of Blue Thread. The Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower reveals why she gave up a passionate relationship with her writing, while literary admirer Eimear McBride describes why she finds Harrowers' novels an acutely observed portrait of our most intimate relationships. And Dr Sarah Dillon is back with another undercover investigation into the workings of our classic prose, this time with Dame Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

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  • A Good Read Susie Dent & Janice Langley 10 February 2015

    Tue, 10 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Countdown dictionary buff Susie Dent and WI Chair Janice Langley talk good reads with Harriett Gilbert. Book choices include An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by the late PD James, Red Love - The Story of an East German Family by Maxim Leo, and A Walk Across The Sun by Corban Addison.

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  • Open Book: SJ Watson, Elif Shafak, and literary love

    Sun, 8 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    S J Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep which was adapted into a Hollywood movie, talks to Mariella about his new thriller Second Life. Ann Morgan discusses her quest to read a book from every country in the world in one year. Turkish novelist Elif Shafak reveals the book she'd never lend. And with Valentine's Day approaching writer Rebecca Stott considers some literary declarations of love - from women.

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  • A Good Read Maureen Lipman & Frankie Boyle 3 February 2015

    Tue, 3 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Maureen Lipman and Frankie Boyle talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Under discussion: Michael Blakemore's recollections of testing times under Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre in Stage Blood, Barbara Trapido's first novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, and Something Happened, Joseph Heller's follow up to Catch 22.

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  • Open Book: Quite a Good Time to be Born - David Lodge

    Sun, 25 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    David Lodge is a novelist, critic and academic and now he's written a memoir. He talks to Mariella Frostrup about a lifetime in literature.

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  • Open Book: Emma Hooper - Etta + Otto + Russell + James

    Sun, 18 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Canadian writer Emma Hooper on her first book, Etta and Otto and Russell and James - which created a publishers' bidding war last year. And the mystery surrounding Elena Ferrante.

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