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 Dawn O'Porter & Graham Fellows 25 November 2014

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dawn O'Porter and Graham Fellows, AKA John Shuttleworth, talk with Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books, including two tales of alienation, Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse and Green Girl by Kate Zambreno, and Nancy Mitford's gossipy tale of adultery and a scheming child in post war France and England.

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  • Open Book: Mirza Waheed on The Book of Golden Leaves

    Sun, 23 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mirza Waheed is a Kashmiri novelist whose new book, The Book of Gold Leaves, is a Romeo and Juliet style love story set in wartorn 1990s Srinagar. He talks to Mariella about whether he feels a responsibility to write about his home country and the conflict there. Also on the programme, vampire chronicler Anne Rice reveals the book she'd never lend and a new series: Close Readings - examining how great writing works.

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  • A Good Read Doon Mackichan & Jack Monroe 18 Nov 14

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by food blogger Jack Monroe and comic actor Doon MacKichan to talk about the books they love, including Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay and The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Marilynne Robinson on Lila

    Sun, 16 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Pulitzer prize winning author Marilynne Robinson on her new book Lila, the third novel from her bestselling series set in the fictional town of Gilead. Novelist Tim Parks discusses how, and why, we read. And we visit a haven for lovers of literature in Liverpool to hear about about the joys of shared reading.

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  • A Good Read Roy Foster & Andrew Roberts 11 Nov 14

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert discusses great books with historians Roy Foster and Andrew Roberts, including Harriett's choice The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi. Twenty years on, how does it read now? Andrew Roberts introduces them to Covenant with Death by John Harris, a little-known but powerful novel of WW1, and Roy Foster shares his passion for William Maxwell's The Chateau. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Jane Smiley; Africa 39

    Sun, 9 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Pulitzer prize winning novelist Jane Smiley talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel, Some Luck, the first in a planned trilogy. Also on the programme, Mariella discusses the best new writing from sub-Saharan Africa with Ellah Allfrey, the editor of a new collection and Lynne Truss reveals the book she'd never part with.

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  • A Good Read: Eliza Manningham-Buller and Elif Shafak, 4 Nov 14

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Former M15 head Eliza Manningham-Buller and Turkish author and commentator Elif Shafak discuss favourite books with presenter Harriett Gilbert. Choices of a good read are: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest, Americanah; Michael Chabon's ripping yarn set a thousand years ago, Gentlemen of the Road; and The War Between the Tates, Alison Lurie's dissection of a marriage breakdown.

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  • 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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