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: Kamila Shamsie; young feminist writing

    Sun, 20 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Kamila Shamsie discusses her latest novel A God in Every Stone; Laura Bates and Emer O'Toole discuss books aimed at young feminists; and John Crace on the art of the Digested Read.

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  • Open Book: Niall Williams and Armistead Maupin

    Sun, 13 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Niall Williams talks about his latest novel History of the Rain, Armistead Maupin on the book he'd never lend and Mariella Frostrup discusses contemporary Chinese literature.

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  • Open Book: Damon Galgut on Arctic Summer

    Sun, 30 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Medium Acclaimed South African writer Damon Galgut on his novel Arctic Summer, plus Kate Colquhoun and Judith Flanders on Victorian true crime, and AL Kennedy roadtests new writing apps.

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  • A Good Read: Kathy Lette and Annie Mac 25th Mar 2014

    Tue, 25 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    DJ Annie Mac and author Kathy Lette discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Annie's choice is The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Kathy nominates Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Harriett picks Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald, which is her Booker Prize-winning novel. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Anita Shreve, Rebecca Mead, Middlemarch

    Sun, 23 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Anita Shreve discusses her latest novel The Lives of Stella Bain and we take a look at the enduring appeal of George Eliot's Middlemarch with writers Rebecca Mead and Rebecca Stott

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  • A Good Read: Julie Burchill and Fred MacAulay 18 Mar 14

    Tue, 18 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Writer Julie Burchill and broadcaster Fred MacAulay argue about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Their choices are, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger; Alys, Always by Harriet Lane, and Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Mary Lawson on her new novel Road Ends

    Sun, 16 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mary Lawson on her latest novel Road Ends, Amir Cheheltan and Ali May discuss modern Iranian literature and 50 years on - the correspondence between A.S Byatt and Cecil Day Lewis.

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  • A Good Read: Lorraine Kelly and Romesh Gunesekera 11 Mar 2014

    Tue, 11 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and writer Romesh Gunesekera tell Harriett Gilbert about the books they love, that have meant most to them throughout their lives. Lorraine's deep love of Orkney is reflected in her choice of Greenvoe by George Mackay Brown. Romesh's choice, On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Harriett's own recommendation is Good Behaviour by the Irish novelist Molly Keane. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Tobias Hill on his new book What Was Promised

    Sun, 9 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tobias Hill on his latest novel What was Promised and Tibor Fischer on Stefan Zweig.

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  • A Good Read: Dame Penelope Lively and Will Smith 4 March 2014

    Tue, 4 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Novelist Dame Penelope Lively and comedy writer and performer Will Smith talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love, which include A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis and Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez. Producer Beth O'Dea

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