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: 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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  • 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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  • 08 July 14:A Good Read:Al Murray & Tarek Osman

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord, and Egyptian political economist Tarek Osman discuss their favourite books with presenter Harriett Gilbert. Al's choice is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Tarek's is the controversial Egyptian novel Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, and Harriett picks Everyman by Philip Roth. Producer Beth O'Dea.

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  • Open Book: Children's Literature and Oxford

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A special edition from Oxford, explores why the city is often called the home of children's literature, with Philip Pullman, Katherine Rundell and publisher David Fickling.

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  • A Good Read: Edwina Currie and Nicholas Le Prevost 1 July 2014

    Tue, 1 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Author and former MP Edwina Currie and actor Nicholas Le Prevost talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert. Edwina Currie's choice is An Awfully Big Adventure, by Beryl Bainbridge, a tale of backstage intrigue and loss of innocence in a Liverpool theatre in 1950. The Priory by Dorothy Whipple is Nicholas Le Prevost's pick. This soap-opera- like story of a crumbling manor house and its eccentric inhabitants, struggling with the fallout of the depression, was written under the looming shadow of World War II. Harriett Gilbert takes us to Iran for her choice of A Good Read: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. A memoir which melds the politics of post-revolution Iran with unusual perspectives on western literary classics Presenter: Harriett Gilbert Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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  • A Good Read: India Knight and Alvin Hall

    Tue, 24 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Journalist and author India Knight and financial adviser Alvin Hall talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert. India Knight selects Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym, a novel which contrasts the lives of two women in 1950s England. A medical miracle is at the heart of the book chosen by Alvin Hall: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Harriett Gilbert's pick has been a phenomenon in Russia in recent times: The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin. Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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  • Open Book: Sandra Newman on her new novel

    Sun, 22 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sandra Newman discusses her new novel In the Country of Ice Cream Star with Mariella Frostrup, plus acclaimed Irish writer John Banville on the book he'd never lend.

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  • A Good Read: Fay Weldon & Hans Ulrich Obrist 17 June 2014

    Tue, 17 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by author Fay Weldon and Serpentine Galleries curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to discuss favourite books.

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  • Open Book: Javier Cercas on Outlaws

    Sun, 15 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to award winning Spanish writer Javier Cercas about his new novel Outlaws and discusses Virginia Woolf in fiction with Maggie Gee and Alison MacLeod.

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