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: 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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  • 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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