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)

  • 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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  • Robert Macfarlane 8 March 2015

    Sun, 8 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In Landmarks travel writer Robert Macfarlane celebrates the language of our landscape.

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  • 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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