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 Janet Street Porter & Martina Cole

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Janet Street Porter and crime writer Martina Cole discuss their good reads with Harriett Gilbert. The guests talk - and vociferously disagree - over American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld's fictionalised biography of Laura Bush, The Iron King, the first novel of Maurice Druon's 1950s series which has been hailed as 'the original Game of Thrones', and Muriel Spark's classic novel The Ballad of Peckham Rye

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  • Open Book: Sports Writing

    Sun, 26 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In a special edition of Open Book Mariella Frostrup stands on the touchline to celebrate the very best writing about sport.

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  • A Good Read: Adam Hills & Steven Pinker, 21 Oct 14

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adam Hills and Steven Pinker talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. The Last Leg presenter and comedian Hills picks Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and Harriett's choice is another tale of non conformists, Albert Camus' The Outsider. Psychologist and popular science author Steven Pinker claims 1930s style guide Elements of Style by Strunk & White is a good read.

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  • Open Book: Amanda Coe and Catalan Literature

    Sun, 19 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Amanda Coe talks to Mariella Frostrup about her double writing life as both a novelist and a screenwriter, and Kathy Reichs reveals the book she'd never lend.

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  • openbook:A Good Read: Sheila Hancock & Cosmo Landesman 14 Oct 14

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Actor Sheila Hancock and columnist Cosmo Landesman talk about the books they love with Harriett Gilbert, including How To Lose Friends & Alienate People by Toby Young, Stoner by John Williams and Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

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  • Open Book: Colm Toibin

    Sun, 12 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup is joined by award-winning Irish writer, Colm Toibin, to discuss his new novel, Nora Webster, and to look back over a career that spans a quarter of a century.

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  • A Good Read: Jeremy Paxman & Mary Beard 7 Oct 14

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jeremy Paxman and Mary Beard argue heatedly and entertainingly about the books they love, with presenter Harriett Gilbert acting as referee. Jeremy's choice is Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain: a rollercoaster of a novel that's been called the Catch-22 of the Iraq War. The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis is classicist Mary Beard's recommendation. It's a depiction of French peasant life that's been described as even greater than the film of the same story. Travels with my Aunt, a genuinely funny novel by Graham Greene, is Harriett Gilbert's contribution.

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  • Open Book: The Brethren and Steven Pinker

    Sun, 28 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup discusses Robert Merle's iconic French series The Brethren, now in English. And behind the genius of Ian Curtis and the socio-linguist Steven Pinker on style.

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  • Open Book: Esther Freud on Mr Mac and Me

    Sun, 21 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Novelist Esther Freud talks about her latest, Mr Mac and Me, inspired by the time architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh spent in Suffolk. Howard Jacobson talks about the book that he would never lend, not least because he can't find it at the moment and the changing face of book launches: how the crowded market has inspired publicists to think of new ways to draw attention to new books.

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  • Open Book: Ali Smith on How to Be Both

    Sun, 14 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ali Smith has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for the third time this year for her novel How To Be Both. She talks to Mariella Frostrup.

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