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: Ian McEwan and Amy Bloom

    Sun, 31 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As we head for a September publishing bonanza, Mariella Frostrup is joined by acclaimed writers Ian McEwan and Amy Bloom, as well as Books Editor of the Guardian Claire Armitstead.

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  • Open Book: London Literary Scene

    Sun, 24 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Writers Damian Barr, Evie Wyld and Joe Dunthorne discuss the rise of live literary events.

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  • Open Book: Ross Raisin on the Yorkshire Moors

    Sun, 17 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A literary ramble through the Yorkshire moors and the work they have inspired, from the Brontes to Sylvia Plath. With authors Ross Raisin, Will Atkins and Professor John Bowen.

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  • Open Book: John Banville on the Dublin of the 1950s

    Sun, 10 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John Banville takes Mariella on a tour of the foggy streets, smoke-filled bars and genteel hotel tea rooms of 1950s Dublin.

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  • A Good Read: Ade Adepitan & Dominic Holland

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Ade Adepitan and Dominic Holland talk Adrian Mole, Roddy Doyle's the Snapper and Truman Capote's true crime classic In Cold Blood with presenter Harriett Gilbert.

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  • Open Book: Jessie Burton on The Miniaturist

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jessie Burton takes Mariella Frostrup back to Golden Age Amsterdam with her acclaimed debut, The Miniaturist, plus Viv Groskop and Matt Haig on this summer's best beach reads.

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  • Open Book: Tom Campbell and Nikesh Shukla

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tom Campbell and Nikesh Shukla on writing about this generation's alienated young men.

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  • A Good Read: Monica Ali and Shami Chakrabarti 22 Jul 2014

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, and Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane, talk about their favourite reads with Harriett Gilbert. Books under discussion are Evelyn Waugh's satire on the Anglo-American relationship staged in and around an LA funeral business, The Loved One, Rachel Holmes' biography of Eleanor Marx, and the children's classic, Charlotte's Web.

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  • 15 07 14: A Good Read: Julian Rhind-Tutt & Steve Oram

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Actors Julian Rhind-Tutt (Green Wing, The Hour) and Steve Oram (Sightseers) talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Julian's choice is a collection of Annie Proulx's short stories including Brokeback Mountain. Steve's is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, which has been the subject of fierce debate as to whether it should be taught in schools. Harriett chooses Martin Amis' memoir, Experience.

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  • Open Book: Richard Flanagan on his new novel

    Sun, 13 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Flanagan on why he had to write about the Thai-Burmese Death Railway. A celebration of the cult author Robert Aickman, a tip from Peter Straus and all about Self-Help.

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