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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  • Open Book: Christmas Writings

    Sun, 21 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Christmas, with all its tradition and rituals and emotion, has always provided a rich source of material for writers. In this programme Mariella Frostrup and her guests John Mullan and Jessie Burton explore what it offers twentieth century novelists; from James Joyce and his argumentative Christmas lunch in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man via Patrick Hamilton's bleak 1940's boarding house Christmas Eve in The Slaves of Solitude, to Bridget Jones, in the 1990s, having to return home to her family yet again - still single. And Jonathan Franzen discusses his prize winning book The Corrections which is all about a mother, Enid Lambert, trying to persuade her grown up children to come home for one last Christmas.

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  • Open Book: BJ Novak - The Book With No Pictures

    Sun, 14 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The actor and comedian BJ Novak has written his first children's book. The Book With No Pictures is, as its title suggests, text-only. Despite this it must be doing something right because it's topped the New York Times bestseller list. BJ Novak talks to Mariella about why he chose to omit the illustrations - even on the cover. Peter Walker from New Zealand and Australian writer Evie Wyld have each written about the legacy of the Vietnam war in their fiction. They talk to Mariella about the impact of that war on Antipodean fiction, a war some feel has been partly written out of their countries' history. Ben Elton, novelist, stand-up, writer of musicals, co-creator of Blackadder, shares the Book He'd Never Lend, a comic masterpiece which he loves for its refreshing lack of cynicism.

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  • A Good Read Sean Lock & Roisin Conaty 2 December 2014

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedians Sean Lock and Roisin Conaty discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. One of the novels on the agenda is Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale, which changed a young Roisin's whole world view. Sean's choice is the Getaway by Jim Thompson with its weird ending, and Harriett chooses Beryl Bainbridge's novel set on the Titanic, Every Man for Himself.

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  • Open Book: Mal Peet on The Murdstone Trilogy

    Sun, 30 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Mal Peet about his latest book The Murdstone Trilogy, his first novel for adults. Beta Life is an experiment which sets out to discover what happens when you mix writers and scientists in a creative laboratory, the result is a diverse collection of short story stories all set in 2070. And novelist Tomas Gonzalas, author of In The Beginning Was The Sea, delivers his literary postcard from the foothills of Colombia.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A Good Read: Monica Ali and Shami Chakrabarti 22 Jul 2014

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, and Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane, talk about their favourite reads with Harriett Gilbert. Books under discussion are Evelyn Waugh's satire on the Anglo-American relationship staged in and around an LA funeral business, The Loved One, Rachel Holmes' biography of Eleanor Marx, and the children's classic, Charlotte's Web.

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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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  • A Good Read: Roger Michell and Aminatta Forna

    Tue, 10 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Notting Hill film director Roger Michell and writer Aminatta Forna talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert - including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, WWI classic Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves and The Rabbit House by Laura Alcoba, a compelling Argentinian memoir. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Sun, 8 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Authors Salman Rushdie and Elif Shafak pay tribute to writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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  • A Good Read: Aasmah Mir & Pete Brown 3 June 2014

    Tue, 3 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Broadcaster Aasmah Mir & beer writer Pete Brown talk about some great food books with Harriett Gilbert in front of an audience at Bristol Food Connections Festival. The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin may be a seminal work but is it still a genuinely good read? And what of The Debt to Pleasure, by John Lanchester, a dark comedy which references Brillat-Savarin... The third book is Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid, the first novel by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

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  • Open Book: Nick Harkaway and Ned Beauman

    Sun, 25 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ned Beauman and Nick Harkaway talk to Mariella Frostrup about the appeal of writing a conspiracy thriller in today's post cold war world.

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  • Open Book: Joseph O'Connor on The Thrill of it All

    Sun, 18 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Joseph O'Connor tells Mariella Frostrup about his new novel about a fictional band: The Thrill of it All and Louise Welsh and Andrew Wilson on the elusive Ms Patricia Highsmith.

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  • Open Book: Tony Parsons on why he's turned to crime

    Sun, 11 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tony Parsons on his first crime novel, The Murder Bag, and why he and Henry Sutton find crime appeals. Alice Greenway goes ornithological and why literature matters in Kurdistan.

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  • Open Book: Sadie Jones; Peter Buwalda; Will Self

    Sun, 27 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sadie Jones on her new novel Fallout, the story of four young friends in 1970s London theatreland. Peter Buwalda on his best-selling Bonita Avenue and Will Self on his garret.

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  • 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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  • A Good Read: Andrew Maxwell and Kamila Shamsie 25 Feb 2014

    Tue, 25 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell and writer Kamila Shamsie share their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Andrew is a John Steinbeck fan, and chooses Tortilla Flat. Kamila picks Clear Light Of Day by Anita Desai. Harriett's choice is the little-known but compelling memoir In Pursuit of the English by Doris Lessing. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Sally Beauman on her new novel The Visitors

    Sun, 23 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ellah Allfrey talks to Sally Beauman about her latest novel The Visitors and Darragh McKeon and Hamid Ismailov discuss the environmental legacy of the Cold War on their novels.

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  • A Good Read: Richard Herring and Tracy Ann Oberman 18 Feb 2014

    Tue, 18 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedian Richard Herring and actor Tracy-Ann Oberman discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Richard chooses Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. Tracy-Ann's choice is another dystopian novel: Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack. And Harriett makes them both laugh with Vanished Years, the second volume of Rupert Everett's memoirs. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Ben Watt and Mike Nicol

    Sun, 16 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Literary reviews - do women get a fair deal? Musician Ben Watt on his memoir about his parents and South African Crime Writer Mike Nicol on his latest book 'Of Cops and Robbers'.

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  • A Good Read: Daniel Finkelstein & Jill Paton Walsh 11 Feb 2014

    Tue, 11 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Journalist Daniel Finkelstein, and writer Jill Paton Walsh, reveal their favourite books to presenter Harriett Gilbert. Daniel Finkelstein, recommends Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini. Jill Paton Walsh's choice is What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel. And Harriett Gilbert's pick is The Van by Roddy Doyle. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Adam Foulds on his latest novel In the Wolf's Mouth

    Sun, 9 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Adam Foulds on his latest novel In the Wolf's Mouth; David Park and Naomi Wood discuss the experiences of the wives of great writers; and Lindsey Davis on Quick Reads.

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  • A Good Read: Mervyn King and Arabella Weir 4 Feb 2014

    Tue, 4 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, and Arabella Weir, comic actor and writer, reveal their favourite books to presenter Harriett Gilbert. Mervyn's choice is The Prince by Machiavelli. Arabella's is A Short Gentleman by Jon Canter, and Harriett chooses Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Deborah Levy and Bulgarian fiction

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Deborah Levy revisits her early work; Kapka Kassabova and Miroslav Penkov discuss Bulgarian literature; and the literary pick of publisher Jamie Byng.

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  • Open Book: Horatio Clare and Christopher Nicholson

    Sun, 19 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Novelists Horatio Clare and Christopher Nicholson discuss the influence of the season of winter in literature.

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  • Open Book: Carlos Acosta and Victoria Hislop

    Sun, 12 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Carlos Acosta shares his Five of the Best Books and Victoria Hislop on where she writes.

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  • Children's Laureate Special

    Sun, 29 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Malorie Blackman, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen discuss the role of the Children's Laureate, how they put their own stamp on it and its on-going legacy.

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  • Year of the Women Writers

    Sun, 22 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In a special programme Ellah Allfrey, Sally Gardner, Sarah Hall, Lennie Goodings and James Runcie discuss with Mariella Frostrup why 2013 has been the Year of the Women Writers.

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  • Open Book: Jill Paton Walsh; John Freeman; Kate Mosse

    Sun, 15 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jill Paton Walsh and Sarah Crown on the enduring appeal Lord Peter Wimsey; John Freeman on a career in books and author Kate Mosse on the book she would never lend.

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  • Open Book: Norse Myths; Penelope Lively; Suzanne Berne

    Sun, 8 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    David Vann and Stuart Kelly on Norse myths, Penelope Lively on where she writes and Suzanne Berne talks about her latest novel The Dogs of Littlefield.

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  • A Good Read: Fern Britton and Katherine Grainger 3 Dec 2013

    Tue, 3 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TV presenter Fern Britton and Olympic gold medalist rower Katherine Grainger talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love. They include The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill, The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • A Good Read: Mark Ravenhill and Nihal Arthanayake 26 Nov 13

    Tue, 26 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert talks to playwright Mark Ravenhill and DJ Nihal Arthanayake about the books they love, including American Tabloid by James Ellroy, July's People by Nadine Gordimer and Elective Affinities by JW Goethe. Produced Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Bernard MacLaverty on a literary life

    Sun, 24 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Bernard MacLaverty on a literary life.

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  • Open Book: Scott Turow on new novel Identical

    Thu, 21 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Scott Turow talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new thriller Identical; Paul Bailey and Manda Scott on gay literature; and Charlie Hill on fiction that's bad for your health.

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  • A Good Read: Michael Dobbs and Katie Puckrik 19/11/13

    Tue, 19 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Dobbs, author of House of Cards, and broadcaster Katie Puckrik talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books. They include the highly-praised A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, the devastating Watching the Door - Cheating Death in 1970s Belfast by Kevin Myers and Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Produced by Beth O'Dea.

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  • A Good Read: Kate Silverton and Johnnie Walker 12 Nov 2013

    Tue, 12 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    R2 presenter Johnnie Walker and BBC newsreader Kate Silverton talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Johnnie discusses Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintentance by Robert M. Pirsig. Kate chooses the biography of her heroine. It's Daughter of the Desert - the Remarkable Life of Gertrude Bell by Georgina Howell. And Excellent Women by Barbara Pym is the recommendation of presenter Harriett Gilbert. Produced Beth O'Dea

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  • Margaret Drabble and Sebastian Faulks

    Sun, 10 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Margaret Drabble on her novel The Pure Gold Baby; Sebastian Faulks and Helen Dunmore on WWI novels; and Dedicated to..the wonderful things people write in books to their loved one.

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  • A Good Read: John Inverdale and Rachel Cook 5 Nov 2013

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    From Everest's peak to a 1930s London bedsit, and a painfully funny portrait of a literary marriage in decline. Harriett Gilbert talks books with John Inverdale and Rachel Cooke. Produced by Melvin Rickarby

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  • A Good Read: Eve Pollard and Julie Bindel 29 Oct 2013

    Tue, 29 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert talks to guests about their favourite books. Eve Pollard chooses Canada by Richard Ford and Julie Bindel picks Chinua Achebe's classic African novel Things Fall Apart. Harriett's choice is the hilarious Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris. Produced by Melvin Rickarby.

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  • Open Book: Justin Cartwright on his novel Lion Heart

    Sun, 27 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Justin Cartwright on his novel Lion Heart; Joe Sacco on his graphic novel of The Great War

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  • A Good Read: Brendan O'Neill and Gabriel Gbadamosi 22 Oct 2013

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert talks to Brendan O'Neill and Gabriel Gbadamosi about their favourite books. Brendan O'Neill, editor of the online magazine Spiked, chooses Graham Greene - Monsignor Quixote. Writer Gabriel Gbadamosi recommends the Norwegian classic: The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas. And presenter Harriett Gilbert chooses The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin. Produced Beth O'Dea.

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  • Open Book: Conn Iggulden, Autumn in Literature

    Sun, 20 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Conn Iggulden on Stormbird, the first in his new series set during the Wars of the Roses; Horatio Clare and Susie Boyt discuss Autumn in literature; and the best of non-fiction.

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  • A Good Read: Arlene Phillips and Jocelyn Jee Esien 15 Oct 2013

    Tue, 15 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Arlene Phillips, choreographer and Strictly Come Dancing judge, and Jocelyn Jee Esien, comedian and star of the BBC's Little Miss Jocelyn, talk to presenter Harriett Gilbert about the books they love. Arlene's recommendation is Heartbreak Hotel, by Deborah Moggach. Jocelyn chooses Prisoner to the Streets by Robyn Travis. And Harriett brings So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell. Produced Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Philip Pullman and Jung Chang

    Sun, 13 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Philip Pullman discusses the great Soviet children's classics of the 1920s and 30s, Jung Chang on Empress Dowager Cixi and Alexander McCall Smith on the book he'd never lend.

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  • A Good Read: Alex Polizzi and Peter Robinson 08 Oct 2013

    Tue, 8 Oct 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the first of a new series, Alex Polizzi, presenter of TV's The Hotel Inspector and The Fixer, and Peter Robinson, author of the DCI Banks crime novels, talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love. Alex has chosen Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. Peter's choice is A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr. And Harriett flies the flag for I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Produced Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Sathnam Sanghera - Marriage Material

    Sun, 29 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sathnam Sanghera on his novel Marriage Material and not just the land of football, Open Book explores Brazil's vast literary scene and the inaugural Harrogate History Festival.

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  • Open Book: Victoria Hislop on editing The Story

    Sun, 22 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Victoria Hislop has edited a new anthology of women's short stories called The Story. From Helen Simpson to Angela Carter, she explains how she chose her 100 favourites.

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  • Open Book: Jo Nesbo on his thriller Police

    Sun, 15 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jo Nesbo on his new Harry Hole thriller Police, we go in search of buried gems as Mariella Frostrup discusses pirate literature and Frank Tallis on the book he'd never lend.

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  • Open Book: Jhumpa Lahiri on The Lowland

    Fri, 13 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer prize winning novelist on her latest book The Lowland, mountaineering literature and revamping the classics pulp fiction style.

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  • Open Book: Glenn Patterson on Belfast

    Sun, 25 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Glenn Patterson takes Mariella Frostrup around Belfast - the city that has inspired and informed his novels.

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  • Cornwall with Patrick Gale

    Sun, 18 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Patrick Gales takes Mariella Frostrup around the Cornish landscape that has inspired and informed his novels.

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  • Open Book: The Lake District with Sarah Hall 11 Aug 2013

    Sun, 11 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Open Book’s summer series on Literary Landscapes begins at the Haweswater Dam. It’s a charged, vital, visceral landscape – immortalised by writers since Wordsworth first wrote about daffodils. Mariella's literary guide to the area this week is award winning writer Sarah Hall.

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  • A Good Read: Lynne Truss and Diran Adebayo 30 July 2013

    Tue, 30 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Writers Lynne Truss and Diran Adebayo discuss their book choices with Harriett Gilbert. A literary friendship, a piano-playing polecat in Sri Lanka and violent crime in London are the themes of books by Paul Theroux, Michael Ondaatje and Nick Barlay. Produced by Sue Fry.

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  • Open Book: Grace McCleen on The Professor of Poetry

    Sun, 28 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Grace McCleen about her new novel The Professor of Poetry and on the centenary of her birth, James Runcie celebrates the life and works of Barbara Pym.

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  • A Good Read: Meera Syal and Stephen Grosz 23 July 2013

    Tue, 23 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Writer, comedian and actor Meera Syal and psychoanalyst and author Stephen Grosz discuss favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. A Russian romance, a very English murder, and the poverty of India are the themes in books by Chekhov, Agatha Christie and Katherine Boo. Produced by Melvin Rickarby

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  • A Good Read: Ricky Ross and Tom Heap 16 July 2013

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross and Countryfile reporter Tom Heap discuss their book choices with Harriett Gilbert, providing an eclectic mix of subject matter from crime thrillers set in Nazi Germany to spiritual life in Scotland and gentile ageing in West London. Produced by Maggie Ayre

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  • Open Book: Rilla Askew on Kind of Kin

    Sun, 21 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Rilla Askew on her latest novel Kind of Kin; Horatio Clare and Justin Cartwright on literature inspired by Summer; and David Mitchell on the book he'd never lend.

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  • Open Book: Denise Mina on The Red Road

    Fri, 19 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Denise Mina talks to Mariella Frostrup about her latest crime novel The Red Road; writers using their jobs as the backdrop to their novels and the WWII heroine Agent Marie.

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  • A Good Read: Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Richard Osman 9 July 2013

    Tue, 9 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Children's author Dame Jacqueline Wilson and TV presenter and producer Richard Osman discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Jacqueline Wilson picks, The Orchard on Fire, by Shena MacKay. Richard Osman's choice is Michael Frayn's hilarious Towards the End of the Morning. And Harriett Gilbert selects, Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson. Produced by Melvin Rickarby.

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  • A Good Read: Owen Jones and Sarah Hall 2 July 2013

    Tue, 2 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Journalist and writer Owen Jones and novelist Sarah Hall discuss their favourite books with Harriet Gilbert. Owen Jones picks Brother in the Land, by Robert Swindells. Sarah Hall's choice is American writer James Salter's memoir, Burning the Days. And presenter Harriet Gilbert chooses Rogue Male, by Geoffrey Household. Produced by Melvin Rickarby.

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  • Open Book: Evie Wyld on All the Birds, Singing

    Sun, 30 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Evie Wyld, one of Granta's 2013 best young British novelists, discusses her latest book All the Birds, Singing and we discuss the controversial emerging genre of New Adult

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  • A Good Read: Colin Murray and Bob Mills 25 June 2013

    Tue, 25 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sports presenter Colin Murray and comedian Bob Mills argue about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Colin Murray's choice is In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan. Bob Mills perhaps surprisingly turns out to be a devotee of Georgette Heyer, and nominates These Old Shades. And Harriett Gilbert enthuses over An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Neil Gaiman

    Sun, 23 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Neil Gaiman talks to Mariella Frostrup about his hugely popular novels for children and adults alike, from Coraline and Neverwhere to his latest The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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  • A Good Read: Kerry Shale and Antonia Quirke 18 June 2013

    Tue, 18 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Film critic Antonia Quirke and actor Kerry Shale talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books. Kerry Shale talks about Blankets, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson. Antonia's choice is A Reed Shaken by the Wind: Travels among the Marsh Arabs of Iraq by Gavin Maxwell. Harriett Gilbert's recommendation is Short and Sweet: 101 Very Short Poems, edited by Simon Armitage. Produced by Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Louise Doughty on Apple Tree Yard

    Sun, 16 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Louise Doughty talks to Mariella Frostrup about her thriller Apple Tree Yard, we explore the world of Balkan literature and the first Pan-African prize for debut novelists.

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  • A Good Read: Vanessa Feltz and Elvis McGonagall 11 June 2013

    Tue, 11 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Presenter Vanessa Feltz and performance poet Elvis McGonagall argue passionately with presenter Harriett Gilbert about the much-loved books they've all brought along to recommend as Good Reads. Vanessa's choice is Two People by AA Milne. Elvis McGonagall recommends the Whitbread Prize winning Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff Torrington. Presenter Harriett Gilbert brings along a Spanish novel, A Heart So White by Javier Marias, translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Mark Billingham on The Dying Hours

    Sun, 9 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mark Billingham talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest book The Dying Hours; we discuss reportage in book form; and Thomas Keneally on the book he would never lend.

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  • A Good Read: Terry Deary and Shappi Khorsandi 4th June

    Tue, 4 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories, and Iranian-born British comedian Shappi Khorsandi talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books. Terry chooses a novel by G.K. Chesterton: The Napoleon of Notting Hill. Shappi's favourite is Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, by Sue Townsend. And presenter Harriett Gilbert talks about John McGahern's masterpiece, Amongst Women. Produced by Beth O'Dea.

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  • Open Book: Colum McCann; Mental health and fiction

    Sun, 26 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Column McCann on his novel TransAtlantic, which explores the relationship between Ireland and the USA, mental health and fiction, and more weird things people say in bookshops

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  • Open Book: Louise Erdrich; F Scott Fitzgerald

    Tue, 21 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talk to Native American writer Louise Erdrich about her National Book Award winning book The Round House and looks at the work -and life - of F Scott Fitzgerald.

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  • Open Book: Tessa Hadley, Cory Doctorow and Ian Rankin

    Sun, 12 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Tessa Hadley about her latest novel Clever Girl, Cory Doctorow discusses literature and future technology and Ian Rankin on the book he will never lend. .

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  • Open Book: Sir Walter Scott special from The Royal Opera House

    Sun, 28 Apr 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup presents a special programme from The Royal Opera House on the prolific and influential Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott, in the company of biographer Stuart Kelly, authors Denise Mina and Allan Massie and actor Emun Elliott.

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  • Open Book: Harlan Coben, Rodge Glass & London Book Fair

    Sun, 21 Apr 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harlan Coben talks to Mariella Frostup about his new thriller novel Six Years. We report from the London Book Fair which this year has given prominence to Turkish publishing. And author Rodge Glass takes a wry literary look at the impact of cheap flights.

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  • Open Book: Gillian Cross, Taiye Selasi and novels behind operas

    Sun, 14 Apr 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Taiye Selasi about her debut novel Ghana Must Go with. Gillian Cross discusses her new book After Tomorrow and dystopian futures for children. And Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - writer and music broadcaster Stephen Johnson on the novel behind the famous opera.

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  • Open Book: Patrick Ness, Literature and Spring

    Sun, 31 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Patrick Ness talks to Mariella Frostrup about his novel The Crane Wife. We look at the way in which the start of Spring inspires novelists with Horatio Clare and John Sutherland. And in the first in our series on precious books, novelist and critic Amanda Craig comes clean about the novel that won't be prised off her book-shelf for love nor money.

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  • A Good Read: Gervase Phinn and Moni Mohsin 26 Mar 2013

    Tue, 26 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Writers Gervase Phinn and Moni Mohsin talk to Harriett Gilbert about books they love. Gervase Phinn chooses A Ragged Schooling by Robert Roberts. Moni Mohsin picks Kim by Rudyard Kipling. And Harriett Gilbert champions Wise Children by Angela Carter. The producer is Beth O'Dea.

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  • Open Book: Aminatta Forna, the Russian literary scene and 150 years of The Water-Babies

    Sun, 24 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Aminatta Forna discusses her latest novel The Hired Man. Mariella delves into the state of the Russian literary scene with Russian Booker winning author Mikhail Shishkin and publisher and editor Natasha Perova. And in the year of the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Water-Babies, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst describes the eccentric life of its author and why he feels it still remains a fantastic story for children.

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  • A Good Read: Konnie Huq and Pat Kane 19 March 2013

    Tue, 19 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TV presenter, Konnie Huq's choice is Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton, a dark novel of seedy low-life set in 1930's Earls Court. Hue & Cry pop singer Pat Kane's is a treatise on work and the joy of simply making something, The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. Presenter Harriett Gilbert chooses a disturbing but compelling satire on how far modern parents will go to protect their children, even after they have committed a terrible crime - The Dinner by Herman Koch.

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  • Open Book: Kate Atkinson, classic and modern Western novels

    Fri, 15 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Kate Atkinson talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new book Life After Life. We discuss classic and modern Western novels with Michael Carlson and novelist Ace Atkins. And Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director of William Hill, shows how betting on the winning author of a literary prize can be more difficult than picking a winning horse at the races.

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  • A Good Read: Robert Peston and Bernardine Evaristo 12 Mar 2013

    Tue, 12 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robert Peston chooses, 'The Cruel Mother', written by his late wife, Sian Busby. Bernardine Evaristo chooses, 'The Boy Next Door' by Irene Sabatini and Harriett Gilbert's choice this week is 'Hons and Rebels' by Jessica Mitford.

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  • Open Book: A L Kennedy, JM Coetzee Readers' Guide

    Sun, 10 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Novelist A L Kennedy talks to Mariella Frostrup about her book On Writing which is based on her Guardian blog. Pankaj Mishra and Sri Lankan novelist Roma Tearne discuss how much literature can play a role in exposing human rights violations. And author Justin Cartwright provides a Readers' Guide to the Nobel Prize and twice Man Booker winning writer J M Coetzee, as he publishes his new novel The Childhood of Jesus.

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  • A Good Read: Daljit Nagra and Susan Jeffreys 05 Mar 13

    Tue, 5 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by poet Daljit Nagra and journalist and radio critic Susan Jeffreys.This week's recommended books are by Edna O'Brien, Margery Allingham and the anonymous author of a controversial memoir, A Woman in Berlin.

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  • A Good Read: Alistair Appleton and Simon Baron-Cohen 26 Feb 13

    Tue, 26 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    TV presenter Alistair Appleton and psychologist Professor Simon Baron-discuss their favourite paperbacks with Harriett Gilbert: Notes From An Exhibition by Patrick Gale, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan and Operation Pax by Michael Innes.

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  • Open Book: Maggie O'Farrell, obesity in fiction & WH Smith

    Sun, 24 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Maggie O'Farrell about her new novel Instructions For A Heatwave, set during the drought of 1976 when it didn't rain in the UK for 16 weeks. With over a quarter of adults in the UK officially classed as obese, writers Jami Attenberg and Michael Kimball discuss the way in which fiction is responding to a world of fast food, compulsive eating and morbid obesity. And journalist and ex-editor of The Bookseller Neill Denny looks at how one of the UK's most iconic retailers, WH Smiths - over a quarter of whose sales are books - is surviving the the recession.

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  • A Good Read: Francis Spufford and Sarah Moss 19 Feb 2013

    Tue, 19 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett's guests this week are Sarah Moss and Francis Spufford. Sarah suggests The Grasmere Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth and Francis picks Mistress Masham's Repose by T. H. White. Harriet has been reading Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald.

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  • Open Book: David Baddiel & Naomi Alderman and Jim Crace

    Sun, 17 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup discusses what defines a Jewish novel with stand up comedian, tv presenter & novelist David Baddiel and writer & broadaster Naomi Alderman, as Jewish Book week begins in London. Jim Crace talks about his new novel Harvest, which will also be his last as he has announced he is retiring as a novelist. And Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri explains why, after setting three novels in his native Calcutta, he has turned to non-fiction in his new account of the city.

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  • A Good Read: Meg Rosoff and Sara Pascoe. 12 Feb 2013

    Tue, 12 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by writer Meg Rosoff and comedian Sara Pascoe to talk about the books they love - which in Sara's case is controversial: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Meg chooses the lyrically beautiful Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. And Harriett recommends An Education by Lynn Barber, which was made into an acclaimed film starring Carey Mulligan. Producer Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: The Bell Jar, Christopher Brookmyre & original fiction

    Sun, 10 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Ali Smith about Sylvia Plath's ground breaking novel The Bell Jar, fifty years after it was first published. With the announcement of the Goldsmiths Prize for writers of boldly, original fiction - writer and broadcaster Alex Preston and author, poet and Profesor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, Blake Morrison, consider what being experimental and innovative means for 21st century novelists. And in his 17th novel, Bedlam, Scottish crime writer Christopher Brookmyre turns to science fiction for inspiration.

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  • A Good Read: Miles Jupp & Barb Jungr

    Tue, 5 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedian Miles Jupp and singer Barb Jungr talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love. Barb brings The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen's critically acclaimed blockbuster. Miles - who plays Nigel the lay reader in Rev - plumps for Spies by Michael Frayn and Harriett's choice is the dark and satirical Death And The Penguin by the Ukrainian Andrey Kurkov - which features a penguin called Misha who almost steals the show. Producer Beth O'Dea.

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  • Open Book: Australian classics, literary neuroscience, Robert Hudson

    Sun, 27 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist Thomas Keneally, publisher and writer Carmen Callil and critic Geordie Williamson about Australian classic novels asking if Australia has neglected its literary heritage. Robert Hudson tells us about his hilarious new novel The Dazzle - a fishy tale set in 1930's Scarborough. And the latest developments in literary neuroscience - what exactly is the human brain doing when we are reading a good book?

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  • Open Book: Chinese Literature, Eleanor Updale and debut novels

    Sun, 20 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup discusses Chinese literature and how we can view this emerging superpower through its novels, with author Mo Yan's translator Howard Goldblatt and novelist and film maker Xiaolu Guo. Eleanor Updale talks about how she tells a story in the space of one minute in her latest novel, The Last Minute. And literary critic Suzi Feay delves into the world of the debut novel examining the latest Waterstones' 11 list of new fiction writers, how well their past predictions have done and why she feels now is a good time to be a debut novelist.

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  • Open Book: Pride and Prejudice - 200th Anniversary Special

    Sun, 13 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Mariella Frostrup travels to Austen's home in Chawton to discover why this novel has remained so universally popular, the story around its publication and what it has to say to modern readers.

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  • Open Book: Literary trends of 2012

    Sun, 30 Dec 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Authors James Runcie and Naomi Alderman and the editor of The Bookseller Philip Jones join Mariella Frostrup to discuss the literary trends of 2012. Themes include EL James's 50 Shades of Grey and the rise of the bonkbusters, Hilary Mantel's historic second winning of the Man Booker Prize and what that means for historical fiction, and how self-publishing is helping to change what and how people read.

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  • Open Book: Colin Firth shares his 5 of the best books

    Sun, 23 Dec 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Colin Firth shares his 5 of the best books with Mariella Frostrup. The Sound and the Fury, Coming Through Slaughter, The Leopold, The World as I Found it and The Power and the Glory.

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  • Open Book: Barbara Kingsolver, David Foster Wallace, Raffles

    Fri, 14 Dec 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Barbara Kingsolver talks about her latest novel Flight Behaviour, David Baddiel and D.T. Max discuss American writer David Foster Wallace and Victoria Glendinning on the founder of Singapore and subject of her latest biography, Sir Stamford Thomas Raffles.

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  • Open Book: India Knight, M C Beaton & library reads

    Sun, 9 Dec 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to India Knight about her hilarious new novel Mutton featuring 46 year old heroine Clara Hutt and her encounters with the opposite sex. M C Beaton proves age is no bar to high achievement for women: at 76, this year sees the publication of the 23rd novel in her Agatha Raisin Murder Mystery series, Hiss and Hers. The second most borrowed adult crime author from libraries nationwide, she discusses the secret of her success and why she keeps on writing. But what else are library users reading and how does it vary across the country? Dorcas Taylor from East Riding Library Service and Annie Bell from Edinburgh Library Service reveal what their readers are enjoying locally and what the rest of us are missing out on.

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  • A Good Read: Frances O'Grady and Ruth Richardson

    Tue, 27 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Frances O'Grady, General Secretary Designate of the TUC, brings 'the intellectual equivalent of a Hollywood weepie' as her choice of a good read. It's the powerful Booker prize-winning novel, 'The Gathering' by Irish novelist, Anne Enright. Meanwhile the medical historian Ruth Richardson chooses TS Eliot's landmark poem written in the shadow of the Second World War, 'Four Quartets'. The presenter Harriett Gilbert nominates a children's classic, 'The Box of Delights' by John Masefield. Producer: Mark Smalley

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  • Open Book: Children's literature special

    Sun, 25 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Open Book is devoted to the joys of children's literature. Four Weddings and a Funeral screenwriter Richard Curtis explains why he's written his first children's book The Empty Stocking while Jeff Kinney explains the key to the success of runaway bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In the studio Mariella is joined by Lauren Child and Charlie Higson - who between them have brought us Ruby Redfort, the young James Bond, Charlie and Lola and zombies - and by children's book critic Amanda Craig. They discuss how literature remains vivid in this new digital world, the difficulties of buying books for different age groups, how The Hobbit remains a favourite and why children love to be scared by literature.

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  • A Good Read: Michelle Paver and Ben Goldacre

    Tue, 20 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Strongly divergent opinions are aired on this week's edition of A Good Read as acclaimed children's author Michelle Paver brings Tove Jansson's 'Summer Book' to the table, a moving account of the relationship between an old woman and her granddaughter. We hear how she struggles with the choice of medical journalist Ben Goldacre, who discusses 'Testing Treatments', an account of how drug trials are conducted. Presenter Harriett Gilbert likes both, but proposes an autobiographical novel, 'Jigsaw' by Sybille Bedford, which for Goldacre misses the mark by a million miles. Producer: Mark Smalley

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  • Open Book: Rachel Johnson, prequels & sequels, Dashiell Hammett

    Sun, 18 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Rachel Johnson about Winter Games, her book set across two time zones. She looks at the challenges of writing prequels and sequels with Ronald Frame who has written Havisham, a prequel of Dickens' famous jilted bride in Great Expectations, and Geraldine McCaughrean who wrote the authorised sequel to JM Barrie's Peter Pan. And a readers' guide to the famous detective fiction writer Dashiell Hammett.

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  • A Good Read: Peter White and Heydon Prowse

    Tue, 13 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Being blind hasn't ever stopped the broadcaster Peter White from loving football, and that's reflected in his own choice of a good read when he argues in favour of Brian Clough - as captured by Duncan Hamilton who covered Notts Forest during their glory years for the local paper. By contrast the satirist and prankster Heydon Prowse, fresh from his BBC3 series, 'The Revolution will be Televised', brings a description of tax havens and how they work to the table, in 'Treasure Islands' by Nicholas Shaxson. Harriett Gilbert meanwhile proposes 'Faro's Daughter', a romantic Regency thriller by Georgette Heyer. We'll see what Peter and Heydon make of that. Producer: Mark Smalley

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  • Open Book: Jeremy Bowen & Arab writers, Michael Jacobs

    Sun, 11 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Jeremy Bowen about his book on the Arab Spring and we discuss how writers have responded to these uprisings in the Middle East. And the travel writer Michael Jacobs describes his journey down the Magdalena River in Columbia and his meeting with Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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  • A Good Read: Neil Pearson and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

    Tue, 6 Nov 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Actor Neil Pearson and Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the self-described "Black Farmer", talk about the books they love. Neil Pearson's choice is Coming Up For Air, a little-known novel by George Orwell. Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones recommends The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. And Harriett's choice is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Producer: Beth O'Dea

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  • A Good Read: Peter Hitchens and John Finnemore

    Tue, 30 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cabin Pressure star and writer John Finnemore, and Peter Hitchens, columnist and author, talk about the books they love to presenter Harriett Gilbert. Who did murder the Princes in the Tower? For Peter Hitchens Josephine Tey still has the answer, in The Daughter of Time. John Finnemore loves A Landing on the Sun by Michael Frayn, which provokes argument as to whether it is a happy book or a terribly sad one. And Harriett Gilbert chooses something that makes her laugh: What's My Motivation? by Michael Simkins, his self-deprecating memoir of the life of an actor who's never made it to the big time. Producer: Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: Dawn French, bibliomania and Britain re-imagined

    Sun, 28 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dawn French talks about her latest novel Oh Dear Silvia. Authors CJ Sansom and Owen Sheers look at why the Second World War era appeals to the writer's imagination. And Ian Sansom discusses Paper: An Elegy, his book exploring our relationship with paper.

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  • A Good Read: Justin Webb and Frances Fyfield

    Tue, 23 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Justin Webb and Frances Fyfield tell Harriett Gilbert about the books they love, including Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, which is a great American novel you've probably never heard of. Stone's Fall by Iain Pears goes back from London in 1909 to Paris in 1809 to Venice in 1867, to solve the mystery of a rich man's suicide. And Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas (popular French crime novelist Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau), creates a gently funny and oddly believable world of its own in the French Alps, a world in which wolves are eating the local sheep - or are they? Producer: Beth O'Dea

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  • Open Book: A.M. Homes, and life behind the embassy door

    Sun, 21 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A.M. Homes discusses her poignant and funny new book May We Be Forgiven. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles and Brigid Keenan, who have both written memoirs about diplomatic life, discuss the real story behind the embassy door. And award winning author Kim Scott talks about how his latest novel, That Deadman Dance, explores the fractious relationship between white and indigenous peoples in western Australia and its oppressive and emotional impact.

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  • A Good Read: Sir Michael Darrington and Terri Duhon

    Tue, 16 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    What do teen blockbuster 'The Hunger Games' and Marguerite Duras' erotic semi-memoir 'The Lover' have in common? Could it be heroines determined to survive? Sir Michael Darrington brought Greggs bakeries to every high street and is now leading a campaign against boardroom bonuses. His book choice is John Grisham's 'The Litigators', a comic story of a hotshot lawyer who rejects the fast lane in favour of making a difference to ordinary lives. Terri Duhon has been described as a 'Harley Davidson-riding maths whiz from rural Louisiana'. Her choice is 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins, which explores a dog-eat-dog world of reality TV and power imbalance. Harriett, who confesses to being a Grisham virgin, is amazed to find connections between 'The Hunger Games' and her choice, Marguerite Duras' erotic autobiographical novel set in French colonial Vietnam in the late 1920s, 'The Lover'. Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

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  • Open Book: Michael Chabon, Biographies & Dickens' anniversary

    Sun, 14 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Pulitzer prizewinning author Michael Chabon talks to Mariella about his latest novel Telegraph Avenue. Hunter Davies and Artemis Cooper discuss when the best time is to write a biography about someone - when the subject is alive or decreased? And on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, Professor John Bowen shows how considering the ways Dickens didn't always make the grade can reveal the key to his genius.

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  • A Good Read: Ed Douglas and Andy Cave

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Patricia Highsmith's classic thriller' The Talented Mr Ripley' would make a great expedition read, according to Harriett Gilbert's guests this week, multi-award-winning writers - mountaineers both - Ed Douglas and Andy Cave. Not unexpectedly their choices both feature mountains, but from markedly different perspectives. Ed's good read is Nan Shepherd's 'The Living Mountain', an undiscovered lyrical masterpiece of mountain literature from a writer who made her name as a modernist novelist. Andy chooses a hair-raising account of the life and career of one of France's most colourful and energetic climbers, Lionel Terray, in 'Conquistadors of the Useless'. Harriett GIlbert admits she's not a natural mountaineer but she loves a (fictional) murderous psychopath, namely, Tom Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's famous anti-hero. Producer: Mary Ward-Lowery

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  • A Good Read: Val McDermid and Alex Horne

    Tue, 2 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by the Scottish crime writer Val McDermid and comedian and neologist Alex Horne in the first of a new series of the paperback discussion show. Among the books under discussion are Andre Agassi's revealing autobiography of life lived centre stage at Centre Court, Jeanette Winterson's acclaimed memoir of her childhood, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, and Remembering Babylon, David Malouf's prizewinning 1993 outsider novel set in Australia. Producer: Mark Smalley

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  • Open Book: Edna O'Brien and the pain and pleasure of writing a novel

    Sun, 30 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Edna O'Brien discusses her memoir Country Girl and Sid Smith and Naomi Alderman discuss the pain and pleasure involved in writing a novel.

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  • Open Book: A.N. Wilson, European literature and Writing Britain

    Sun, 23 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A.N. Wilson talks about his novel based on the life of Josiah Wedgwood - The Potter's Hand, Mariella Frostrup discusses the best of European literature and takes a look at how our rivers and seascapes have been the source of inspiration for many of the great literary classics.

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  • Open Book: Will Self, A Clockwork Orange, Lawrence Norfolk

    Sun, 16 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Will Self discusses his Booker shortlisted novel Umbrella. Fifty years after the publication of A Clockwork Orange we explore the life and works of his author Anthony Burgess. And Lawrence Norfolk explains why his latest novel is set around the turbulent period of the English Civil War and discusses the joys of writing about the sensual pleasures and power of food.

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  • Open Book: Zadie Smith

    Sun, 9 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In a special programme Zadie Smith talks to Mariella Frostrup about her much anticipated new novel NW. This novel returns to the self-same streets of her debut, White Teeth, and views the world through the eyes of the two main protagonists, school friends Leah and Natalie. Its title refers to the postcode which covers the North West of London and where Smith herself was born and brought up.

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  • Open Book: Tartan Noir Special

    Sun, 26 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dreda Say Mitchell presents a special Open Book programme on Tartan Noir, exploring the appeal of the Scottish crime novel. Glasgow based author Denise Mina joins Edinburgh writer and publisher Allan Guthrie to discuss the importance of place in this increasingly popular genre, while Stuart MacBride, writer of the DS Logan McRae books, takes us on a tour of his inspirational Aberdeen setting.

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  • Open Book: Pat Barker, questions never to ask an author

    Sun, 19 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Writer and broadcaster Aminatta Forna is in the presenter's chair this week talking to Pat Barker about Toby's Room, her latest novel set around the First World War. And authors DJ Taylor and Linda Grant discuss the topic: questions never to ask an author.

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  • Open Book: Russell Kane on James Bond and audio books

    Sun, 12 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedian and author Russell Kane is in the presenter's chair this week talking to Enid Shomer about her novel which fictionalises a meeting between Gustave Flaubert and Florence Nightingale. Russell also discusses Ian Fleming's James Bond novels with writer Tom Rob Smith and asks: is reading a book better than listening to it being read to you?

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  • Christopher Buckley and Anthony Cheetham

    Sun, 29 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Christopher Buckley discusses his latest novel "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?" and Ann Cleeves and Zoe Ferraris discuss setting their crime novels in unusual places and Anthony Cheetham's latest publishing start-up, Head of Zeus

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  • A Good Read: Kevin Maguire, Lucy Mangan 24 July 12

    Tue, 24 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by the journalist Kevin Maguire and the columnist Lucy Mangan to discuss their favourite books: 'Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady' by Florence King, 'The Clerkenwell Tales' by Peter Ackroyd and 'The Smoking Diaries' by Simon Gray.

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  • Open Book: Paul Theroux special

    Fri, 20 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The American travel writer and author Paul Theroux discusses his latest novel The Lower River - how a man's longed for return to Malawi doesn't live up to his happy memories. Theroux also shares his controversial views on aid to Africa as Mariella discusses with him the continent that inspired his writing career and after a very public spat, his renewed relationship with the writer V.S. Naipaul.

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  • A Good Read: Tim Coates, John Plowman

    Tue, 17 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedy producer Jon Plowman, publisher Tim Coates and presenter Harriett Gilbert discuss their favourite books. "Dear Miss Landau" by James Christie is the story of one man's quest to meet a television starlet; "The Sisters Brothers" is a powerful western noir, and Tobias Wolff's "Old School" is a tale of youthful literary ambition.

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  • Open Book: Ben Fountain, Siri Hustvedt, internet book sales

    Sun, 15 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Ben Fountain about his satirical Iraq War novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Siri Hustvedt discusses her latest book, a collection of essays about her own life: Living, Thinking, Looking. Tom Tivnan, Features and Supplements Editor for The Bookseller, explains the world of internet book sales. And in conjunction with the British Library's Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands exhibition, we continue our series exploring how writers have been inspired by the landscape.

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  • A Good Read 10 July 12: Alison Graham, Sophi Tranchell

    Tue, 10 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A Henning Mankell thriller, a tragedy from Jonathan Coe and a Graham Greene satire are the choices of entrepreneur Sophi Tranchell, TV critic Alison Graham, and Harriett Gilbert.

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  • Open Book: Michael Palin, funerals in literature, Alice Day

    Sun, 8 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Palin talks about his second novel in seventeen years, called The Truth. Novelist Kitty Aldridge and Professor John Mullan discuss the wit and pathos in the depiction of funerals in literature. And as fans gather in Oxford to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice Day, we assess the enduring appeal of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the on-going debates surrounding Lewis Carroll's relationship with the young girl.

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  • A Good Read: Rob Hopkins, Helen Castor

    Tue, 3 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Favourite paperbacks discussed by historian Helen Castor and sustainability activist Rob Hopkins, in a programme chaired by Harriett Gilbert. Medieval and Tudor historian Helen Castor chooses an intricately beautiful historical novel by William Golding; Rob Hopkins, who campaigns for community solutions to global problems, opts for the 1940's diary of a city man whose war work takes him into agriculture for the first time. Harriett chooses a contemporary novel set in 1970's Argentina. Producer Christine Hall.

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  • A Good Read: Constance Briscoe, Angela Saini

    Tue, 26 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert and her guests discuss their three book recommendations: Constance Briscoe, writer and part-time judge, champions "Knowledge of Angels" by Jill Paton-Walsh; science writer Angela Seini chooses "Foundation" by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov; and Harriett's own choice is the autobiography of the late novelist Muriel Spark.

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  • Open Book: Chick lit, The Woman Reader and Writing Britain

    Sun, 24 Jun 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Jane Green and Adele Parks discuss why Chick Lit arouses such passion and how the genre, which is more often ignored than celebrated or reviewed in the press, has helped to expand the literary market. Belinda Jack joins us to explore the rich and chequered history of women’s reading, and the controversies it has inspired. And Jamie Andrews, the lead curator of the British Library’s Writing Britain exhibition, discusses Rural Dreams and the countryside.

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  • A Good Read: Ian Marchant, Larry Lamb 19 June 12

    Tue, 19 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert's guests are the actor Larry Lamb, best known for his recent roles in EastEnders and the comedy Gavin and Stacey, and the novelist, travel writer and broadcaster Ian Marchant.

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  • Open Book: Literary London Special

    Sun, 17 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Recorded in A Room for London, the creative / living space in the shape of a boat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank of the Thames, Open Book explores the impact the city has had on literature - from Chaucer and Dickens to Martin Amis and Peter Ackroyd; the themes it evokes and why it creates such a diverse backdrop to novels. Mariella Frostrup is joined by novelists who've all been charmed by London - Will Self, Amanda Craig, Dreda Say Mitchell and Ben Aaronovitch.

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  • A Good Read: Michele Hanson, Roger Highfield

    Tue, 12 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Columnist and author Michele Hanson and Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group Roger Highfield discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

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  • Open Book: Lionel Shriver, Mrs Bridge and Reading like a Writer

    Sun, 10 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Lionel Shriver discusses her controversial novel The New Republic which looks at the relationship between terrorism, the media and achieving political goals. We speak to the author of the classic novel Mrs Bridge - a tale of a woman trapped in her comfortable 1930s mid America world - and to Joshua Ferris about its enduring appeal. And Francine Prose, who has lectured in literature for over twenty years, argues there is much to learn for writers and readers alike in the mining of the classic.

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  • A Good Read: Maggie Aderin-Pocock, William Orbit

    Tue, 5 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock and music producer William Orbit discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

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  • A Good Read: Steve Backshall, Geraldine Bedell 29 May 12

    Tue, 29 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Deadly 60 presenter Steve Backshall and Editor of Gransnet Geraldine Bedell discuss their favourite books with Harriet Gilbert.

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  • Open Book: David Hewson, Commonwealth Writers, Helen Simpson

    Sun, 27 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    David Hewson explains how he's transported the cult Danish TV series The Killing into novel form and why readers should expect a twist in the tale. The programme looks at the experiences of writers and the state of publishing across Commonwealth countries with Jeremy Poynting, managing editor of Peepal Tree Press, and Lucy Hannah who runs the culture programme at the Commonwealth Foundation. And short story writer Helen Simpson discusses her new collection of her much loved tales dating back over 25 years.

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  • Orlando Figes - Just Send Me Word

    Sun, 20 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Historian Orlando Figes discusses his book Just Send Me Word, the story of a young Muscovite exiled to a Soviet Arctic gulag and his relationship, through over one thousand five hundred letters, with his wife to be. Authors Anthony Quinn and Shehan Karunatilaka discuss how the game of cricket has inspired their latest books and Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands is a new exhibition at the British Library, where they have one hundred and fifty original items exploring how writers view Britain.

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  • Open Book:

    Sun, 13 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to awarding winning poet and novelist Jackie Kay about her new collection of short stories Reality, Reality. Crime writer Laura Wilson joins writer and broadcaster James Runcie Coronation to discuss why the 50s is the literary decade of the moment. And Tim Coates talks about his new website bilbary.com which aims to increase the capacity of libraries to provide e-books for their customers.

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  • Bookclub: Ross Raisin

    Sun, 6 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ross Raisin discusses his debut novel God's Own Country with James Naughtie.

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  • Open Book: Russell Kane, Writing Britain, Updating Classics

    Sun, 29 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to comedian Russell Kane who looks at the nature of humour in his first novel The Humorist. Senior curator Jamie Andrews talks about the British Library's new exhibition Writing Britain - Wastelands to Wonderlands. And Mariella discusses updating the classics with debut novelist Francesca Segal and Professor of Literature at York University John Bowen.

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  • Open Book: Timothy Mo, Stasi files and the London Book Fair

    Sun, 22 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to award-winning writer Timothy Mo about his new book Pure. Writers Anna Funder and Philip Sington tell how they were inspired by secret Stasi files in the old East Germany. And controversy at this year's 41st London Book Fair.

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  • Open Book: Elif Shafak, children's books

    Sun, 15 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to novelist Elif Shafak about her latest book highlighting the issue of honour killings in the Kurdish Turkish community across two continents. The programme also looks at novels for children of eight to twelve years. Plus more of the funny things people say in bookshops. This time round, book buyers get their revenge.

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  • Open Book: Sir Ronald Harwood on the books that influenced him

    Sun, 8 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup meets Ronald Harwood to talk about his five of the best books, while Janice Galloway and Jenny Colgan cater for those with a literary sweet tooth. Plus Michael Carlson on the enduring appeal of the baseball novel.

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  • A Good Read: Isy Suttie, Beverley Humphreys 27 March 12

    Tue, 27 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedian Isy Suttie and opera singer and broadcaster Beverley Humphreys share their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert: 'The Comfort of Strangers' by Ian McEwan, ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and ‘Flowers for Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes.

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  • Open Book:

    Tue, 27 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Marilynne Robinson about her new collection of essays, "When I Was A Child I Read Books", about faith, fiction and what it means to be a human being. Mature novelists Charlotte Rogan and Paul Torday discuss the pros and cons of debuting a first novel later in life. Writer and bookseller Jen Campbell shares her humorous collection of customers' extraordinary requests - a unique and affectionate insight into the world of bookselling and bookshops.

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  • A Good Read: Frances Barber, Grace Dent

    Tue, 20 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Writer Grace Dent and actress Frances Barber talk to presenter Harriett Gilbert about the books they most love, in an edition recorded in front of an audience at R4's More Than Words Listening Festival in Bristol: 'Love in a Cold Climate' by Nancy Mitford, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini and 'Cat's Eye' by Margaret Atwood.

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  • Mariella Frostrup looks at the career and life of Dodie Smith

    Mon, 19 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup looks at the career and life of Dodie Smith, the author best known for her hugely popular children's story, The 101 Dalmatians, and I Capture the Castle. Sofka Zinovieff talks about her latest novel, The House on Paradise Street and Sam Mills and Rodge Glass discuss basing books around real living people.

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  • A Good Read: Neil McCormick, Chris Lintott

    Tue, 13 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Astronomer and Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott and the Telegraph's Chief music critic Neil McCormick discuss their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert: 'Last and First Men' by Olaf Stapledon, 'A Patchwork Planet' by Anne Tyler and 'White' by Marie Darrieussecq.

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  • Open Book

    Sun, 11 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Marina Lewycka about her latest book, Various Pets Alive and Dead. We'll be discussing why the publishing industry has become so enamoured by the next big author and what is happening to the more established, but not so prominent career novelists with Matt Thorne, Alexandra Pringle and Charlie Williams. And Guy Fraser Sampson talks to Mariella about Mapp and Lucia and his new novel Lucia on Holiday.

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  • A Good Read: Deborah Meaden, Eliza Carthy 6 March 12

    Tue, 6 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert invites Deborah Meaden from Dragons' Den, and folk-singer and songwriter Eliza Carthy to discuss their favourite books: 'Everything is Illuminated' by Jonathan Safran Foer, 'The Instance of the Fingerpost' by Iain Pears and 'The Emperor's Babe' by Bernardine Evaristo.

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  • A Good Read: Brian Sewell, Wendy Cope

    Tue, 28 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Art critic Brian Sewell and the poet Wendy Cope discuss favourite books with Harriett Gilbert: "Evening in the Palace of Reason" by James Gaines, "From the City, From The Plough" by Alexander Baron and "The Moving Toyshop" by Edmund Crispin.

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  • Mariella Frostrup talks to John Lanchester

    Sun, 26 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup presents news and features from the world of books. John Lanchester discusses his latest book Capital.

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  • A Good Read: Martin Stephen, Augustus Casely-Hayford 21 Feb 23

    Tue, 21 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert and her guests, the historian Gus Casely-Hayford and educationalist Martin Stephen, consider a clutch of favourite reads. 'The Memory of Love' by Aminatta Forna, 'Pavel and I' by Dan Vyleta and a selection of Thomas Hardy's verse.

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  • Open Book: Short Stories

    Sun, 19 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Aminatta Forna explores the delights and challenges of the short story. Author and creative writing Tessa Hadley discusses the history and development of the short story, from Edgar Allan Poe, through Chekhov, Mansfield and Monroe, and short story writers Helen Simpson and Jon McGregor, along with Dept. Editor of Granta Magazine Ellah Allfrey discuss what makes a great short story.

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  • A Good Read: Eleanor Updale, Andrea Oliver

    Tue, 14 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert talks to children's writer Eleanor Updale and TV and radio presenter Andrea Oliver about the books they love: 'Love and Summer' by William Trevor, 'Like Water for Chocolate' by Laura Esquivel and 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' by Mohsin Hamid.

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  • Open Book: William Boyd

    Sun, 12 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    William Boyd discusses his latest novel Waiting for Sunrise. With World War One looming, it embraces a sphere of sex, psychoanalysis, scandal and spies.

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  • A Good Read: Bonnie Greer, Simon Brett

    Tue, 7 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by guests Bonnie Greer and Simon Brett to discuss three favourite books, in the first of a new series of A Good Read: 'Blind Sunflowers' by Alberto Méndez, 'The Art of Coarse Acting' by Michael Green and 'The Shipping News' by E. Annie Proulx.

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  • Horror fiction with Helen Dunmore; plus students in literature

    Sun, 29 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup speaks to Catherine Fletcher who discusses her non fiction book Our Man In Rome: Henry VIII and His Italian Ambassador; Horror fiction with Helen Dunmore who explains why she wanted to be part of this genre and the inspiration behind her novel The Greatcoat; depictions of students in literature - Ben Masters, author of new book Noughties and Prof John Bowen discuss whether we have we moved on from toffs, geeks, rebellion and beer.

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  • Woman in Black, debut novels, Kate Williams

    Sun, 22 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to Susan Hill about her bestselling Woman in Black; she hears how to write about places you've never been; Matt Thorne takes a look at debut novels to watch in 2012 and historian Kate Williams talks about her new work of fiction.

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  • Gillian Slovo, Ben Kane, Amazon Publishing

    Sun, 15 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to Gillian Slovo about her new novel set between the deserts of North Africa, Ben Kane brings Spartacus the Gladiator to life and Philip Jones, Deputy Editor of the Bookseller, discusses the impact of Amazon’s expansion into the traditional publishing arena.

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  • Sue Townsend, online publishing, Samantha Harvey

    Sun, 8 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella and John Mullan discuss listeners’ recommendations for funniest book, Sue Townsend responds to her balloon debate victory, an interview with online publishing sensation Amanda Hocking, and Samantha Harvey talks about her new novel All is Song.

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  • The Tale of A Tale of Two Cities 29 Dec 11

    Thu, 29 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With a scholar and an actor, Frances Fyfield visits London's Victoria and Albert Museum to explore the frantic manuscript of Dickens' historical thriller 'A Tale of Two Cities'.

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  • Funniest Book

    Sat, 24 Dec 11

    Duration:
    57 mins

    Mariella Frostrup and her line up of comedians and authors debate their funniest book. Taking the stage in the Radio Theatre to convince an audience that their choice is the most chortle-worthy will be Jo Brand, Tony Parsons, A L Kennedy, Christopher Brookmyre and John Sessions.

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  • Open Book: Mini History of Comic Writing - P G Wodehouse, Evelyn Waugh

    Sun, 18 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella continues her celebration of funny books and funny writers with award winning comic novelist Christopher Brookmyre discussing why Jeff Torrington's 1992 Whitbread Award winning novel "Swing Hammer Swing" is his choice for Open Book's Funniest Book. In the concluding part of Open Book's Mini History of Comic Writing resident expert John Mullan joins award winning screenwriter Sir Ronald Harwood to discuss the two comic writing giants of the 20th century - P G Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh. And Gaza through the eyes of a British Palestinian - Selma Dabbagh discusses her debut novel "Out Of It".

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  • Open Book: Jo Brand on Open Book's funniest book, Roy Hattersley on Charles Dickens

    Sun, 11 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella continues Open Book's celebration of funny books with writer and comedian Jo Brand, whose choice for Open Book's Funniest Book is "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and Three Quarters" by Sue Townsend which was first published in 1982. In Open Book's Mini History of Comic Writing Professor of Literature at UCL John Mullan is joined by former politician, writer and Dickens fan Roy Hattersley to discuss the genius of Charles Dickens' comedy. And novelists as critics - how carefully do writers have to proceed when reviewing the work of fellow writers? DJ Taylor, Booker-nominated for his novel Derby Day, and fellow writer and chief book reviewer for Time Magazine. Lev Grossman discuss.

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  • A Good Read: Lucy Worsley, Barbara Stocking 29 Nov 11

    Tue, 29 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chief Executive of Oxfam Barbara Stocking, and historian Lucy Worsley discuss their favourite paperbacks with Harriett Gilbert: 'Must You Go' by Antonia Fraser, 'Food in England' by Dorothy Hartley and 'Brighton Rock' by Graham Greene.

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  • Tony Parsons 18th Century Satire and Readable Books

    Sun, 27 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tony Parsons opts for The Virgin Soldiers in the search for Open Book's Funniest Book and Mariella Frostrup talks to Jenny Uglow in the next in the series of Open Book's mini-history of comic writing. Suzy Feay and Elvie Wyld run through some of their choices for the most readable books of 2011.

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  • A Good Read: Rachel Johnson, Martin Kelner 22 Nov 11

    Tue, 22 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Editor of The Lady, Rachel Johnson, and journalist and broadcaster Martin Kelner pick their favourite books to discuss with Harriett Gilbert: 'Still Missing' by Beth Gutcheon, 'London Belongs to Me' by Norman Collins and 'The Bottle Factory Outing' by Beryl Bainbridge.

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  • Open Book: Comic writing continued, Sarah Hall

    Sun, 20 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup continues her celebration of funny books and funny writers with award winning writer A L Kennedy selecting Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One as her favourite funny book. The second installment of Open Book's mini-history of comic writing invites actress Fiona Shaw to join our resident expert John Mullan, Professor of Literature at UCL to explore the impact of Shakespearean and Restoration comedy on the development of the comic novel. And Sarah Hall, award winning writer of four novels, talks about her first collection of short stories The Beautiful Indifference.

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  • A Good Read: Nerina Pallot and Peter Molyneux 15 Nov 11

    Tue, 15 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Award-winning singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot and the computer games industry pioneer Peter Molyneux join Harriett Gilbert to discuss their favourite books: The Sportswriter by Richard Ford; The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers.

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  • Penelope Lively, Terry Jones, John Sessions

    Sun, 13 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Penelope Lively about her new novel How it All Began. Ex-Python and Chaucer-enthusiast Terry Jones is joined by Professor John Mullan to discuss medieval bawdy humour. And kicking off the series, John Sessions defends his pick for Open Book's Funniest Book.

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  • A Good Read: David Morrissey, Trevor Phillips 8 Nov 11

    Tue, 8 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by actor David Morrissey and Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips to discuss some of their favourite books; The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain, The War of the End of the World by Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh.

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  • A Good Read: Stephanie Flanders, Roisin McAuley 1 Nov 11

    Tue, 1 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert is joined by the BBC's Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders and novelist and journalist Roisin McAuley to discuss favourite books; The Great Crash 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith, Peripheral Vision by Patricia Ferguson and Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh.

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  • Victoria Hislop, Asian writers, Roslund and Hellstrom

    Sun, 30 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Victoria Hislop about her latest novel, The Thread, a romantic saga set against the backdrop of turbulent Greek history. Kavita Bhanot and Pakistani novelist H.M Naqvi discuss issues currently surrounding young Asian writers. And Swedish crime-writing duo Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom talk about how they tackle contemporary issues… but not how they work together.

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  • A Good Read: 25 Oct 11: Christopher Frayling, Nikki Bedi

    Tue, 25 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Christopher Frayling and Nikki Bedi talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love.

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  • Mariella Frostrup with Margaret Atwood, Helen Simpson and Hari Kunzru

    Sun, 23 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to the Canadian Booker prize winning author Margaret Atwood about her latest book "In Other Worlds. Award winning short story writer Helen Simpson joins Margaret Atwood to discuss the challenge of making issue based fiction readable.And as Haruki Murakami's epic trilogy 1Q84 is published in English simultaneously in America and the UK, writer Hari Kunzru considers whether it lives up to the hype.

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  • A Good Read: 18 Oct 11: Rick Stein, Michael Dobbs

    Tue, 18 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rick Stein and Michael Dobbs recommend favourite books to presenter Harriett Gilbert.

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  • Mariella Frostrup with Ian Rankin and Don McCullin

    Sun, 16 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Ian Rankin talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest crime thriller The Impossible Dead, and world famous photographer Don McCullin gives us his five of the best books

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  • A Good Read: 11 Oct 11: Mary Beard, Bidisha -Chelt

    Tue, 11 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Classicist Mary Beard and writer Bidisha talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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  • Rober Harris talks to Mariella Frostrup

    Sun, 9 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Robert Harris talks about his latest book The Fear Index with Mariella Frostrup and discusses why he wanted to base it around the money orientated world of Swiss Hedge Fund managers. We discover the unprecedented appeal of The Iliad. Two debut novels have been shortlisted for Man Booker prize - Suzi Feay discusses if this is the place for new writing and how to find that great first novel.

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  • A Good Read: 04 Oct 11: Michael Morpurgo, Sara Maitland

    Tue, 4 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo joins short story writer Sara Maitland and presenter Harriett Gilbert to talk about the books they love, and share their enthusiasm for their choices.

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  • Open Book: Catch 22 50th anniversary and writers-in-residence

    Sun, 25 Sep 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Open Book marks the 50th anniversary of Joseph Heller's bestseller, Catch 22, as soldier turned author Andy McNab and Professor Christopher Bigsby discuss why this 1961 novel remains so popular. We look at the role of writers in residence with Horatio Clare, writer-in-residence for Maersk lines and Naomi Alderman, soon to be writer-in-residence at the Gladstone Library. And literary apps: responding to your feedback on them and looking at what the publishing industry has in store for us in the future.

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  • Open Book: Charles Frazier, travel writing and magic realism

    Sun, 18 Sep 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Charles Frazier, bestselling author of Cold Mountain, discusses his long awaited third novel Nightwoods which is once again located in the forests and mountains of North Carolina. Travel writers Sara Wheeler and Michael Jacobs look at the nature of travel writing and if the genre will survive in the age of the internet, cheap flights and apps. And Lev Grossman and Erin Morgenstern discuss why they felt compelled to write magic literature for adults and how their books differ from traditional children's fantasy novels.

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  • Open Book: Meg Rosoff and Christopher Hope

    Sun, 11 Sep 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Meg Rosoff discusses her latest book There is no Dog. South African novelist Christopher Hope and Dr Andrew van der Vlies, senior lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London discuss why South Africa remains such a potent source of inspiration. And literary agent Carole Blake explains how the book world has responded to the technology boom in applications for smart phones and what types of literary apps are available.

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  • Open Book: Barry Unsworth and Anita Desai talk to DJ Taylor

    Sun, 28 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    DJ Taylor talks to Barry Unsworth, who shared the 1992 Booker Prize for his historical novel Sacred Hunger, about his sequel The Quality of Mercy. Indian-born novelist Anita Desai discusses her latest book The Artist of Disappearance, a trio of novellas. And literary critic Peter Kemp traces the history of the novella.

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  • Openbook:D J Taylor presents Open Book

    Sun, 21 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    D J Taylor talks to Joe Dunthorne about his newly-published second novel Wild Abandon. Susie Harries, talks about the writing of The Buildings of England, and two architectural writers, Jonathan Glancey and Hugh Pearman, reflect on the quirks that make this magnum opus such a pleasure to read. And the novelist Adam Thirlwell explains his passion for Petersburg, a strange and wonderful book by the Russian writer Andrei Bely, set in the city of the same name.

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  • Openbook:Dreda Say Mitchell talks to Ruth Rendall, Martyn Waites and Michael Carlson

    Sun, 14 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell talks to Ruth Rendell about "Vault", her 23rd Inspector Wexford novel. They are joined by Newcastle born writer Martyn Waites to discuss how writers write the city in their books. And critic Michael Carlson profiles Ira Levin author of Rosemary's Baby,The Stepford Wives, A Kiss Before Dying and The Boys From Brazil.

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  • Open Book: Final part of the history of women's writing

    Sun, 31 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the final part of her history of women's writing Mariella Frostup considers developments in female fiction since the publication of Bridge Jones's Diary in 1996. What is the state of writing by women a century after women achieved emancipation? Is the idea of women's writing outmoded now, where does `chick lit' fit in, and is feminism a concept which young female novelists consider central to their work? The programme also asks whether the literary establishment itself is suffering from gender bias.

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  • A Good Read: 26 Jul 11: Xanthe Clay, Alexander Waugh

    Tue, 26 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert talks to Alexander Waugh and Xanthe Clay about their favourite books.

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  • Open Book: A Book Of One's Own Part 3 & Crime fiction: too gory?

    Sun, 24 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the third instalment of her history of women's twentieth-century writing, A Book of One's Own, Mariella investigates the era of sexual liberation in the 1960s & 70s and how it ignited feminist fiction. She also traces the explosion in feminist literary theory. And as this year's Harrogate Crime Writing Festival ends, Mariella asks if the genre has become too gory.

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  • A Good Read: 19 Jul 11: Raymond Tallis, Allegra Stratton

    Tue, 19 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert talks to Raymond Tallis and Allegra Stratton about their favourite books.

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  • Open Book: Al Murray on Thackeray, A Book Of One's Own - 2

    Sun, 17 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella presents the second part of her series examining the history of women's writing in the last hundred years. This week, she explores fiction of the 1930s and 40s - a time when the vote had been won but sexual inequality was still rife. Plus as the bicentenary of William Makepeace Thackeray's birth approaches, comedian Al Murray tells us about his great, great, great grandfather and why Vanity Fair is still as relevant today as it was when it was first written in 1848.

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  • A Good Read: 12 Jul 11: Juliet Barker, John O'Farrell

    Tue, 12 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Satirical writer John O'Farrell and historian Juliet Barker talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books - all of which use an unusual blend of fact and fiction. They evoke the lives of the Brontes, the worst civilian disaster of World War II and the British mandate in Palestine.

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  • Open Book: A history of women's writing, Ross Raisin

    Sun, 10 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella presents the first in a four part series examining the history of women's writing in the last hundred years. In A Book of One's Own: How Women Wrote The Twentieth Century, she speaks to leading novelists, critics and publishers to trace the evolution of women's emancipation in fiction. Part 1 explores the literature of the suffrage movement with the aid of Shirley Williams - daughter of the iconic feminist author Vera Brittain - and asks why the names of so many groundbreaking suffrage writers have been erased from our literary history. Also, Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country, discusses his new book Waterline.

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  • A Good Read: 05 Jul 11: Fay Weldon, Louise Welsh

    Tue, 5 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Fay Weldon and Louise Welsh talk to Harriett Gilbert about the books they love.

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  • A Good Read 28 Jun 11: Simon Evans, Hardeep Singh Kohli

    Tue, 28 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli and comedian Simon Evans talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books.

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  • A Good Read: 21 Jun 11: Fleur Adcock, Laura Solon

    Mon, 27 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite paperbacks with writer Fleur Adcock and comedian Laura Solon. Their choices include a modern classic by Evelyn Waugh and two coming-of-age novels, one set in France and the other in the north of England.

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  • Open Book: John Banville, novels about artworks and e-books & the short story

    Fri, 24 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black, discusses the fourth novel in his Dublin mystery series A Death In Summer. How publishers are responding to the growing demand for short form fiction with writers Kevin Barry and Laura Dockrill on the phenomenon of the low priced short story download. And novelists Mary Hoffman and Lucille Turner look at the implications of writing books about iconic pieces of art.

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  • Open Book: Margaret Drabble, Helen Oyeyemi and Beach Reads

    Fri, 17 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Margaret Drabble discusses the new collection of her 13 short stories, published between 1966 and 2000. John Crace (the man behind the Guardian newspaper's Digested Reads) recommends books to read while relaxing on a beach and stands up for the classics. And author Helen Oyeyemi talks about her new novel Mr Fox, a modern day re-telling of the Bluebeard tale.

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  • A Good Read: Bill Paterson, Dea Birkett 14 Jun 11

    Tue, 14 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriett Gilbert's guests, actor Bill Paterson and travel writer Dea Birkett, discuss with her their favourite paperback books. The choices include two novels, one set in post-war California and the other in post-war Germany, and a travelogue which is also a personal history.

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  • Open Book: Amitav Ghosh and Alexander Baron

    Fri, 10 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to award-winning author Amitav Ghosh about River of Smoke - the second book in his Ibis Trilogy set in the waterways around Canton during the events leading up to the start of the First Opium War in 1839. In this week's Reading Clinic, author Joanna Kavenna recommends fiction in which women rise like a phoenix from the ashes. And writer and poet Iain Sinclair explains why Alexander Baron, the British novelist of the Second World War, should be rediscovered and re-read.

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  • A Good Read: Chris Smith, Mavis Cheek 07 Jun 11

    Tue, 7 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, and novelist Mavis Cheek are Harriett Gilbert's guests in this edition of A Good Read. Each brings a very different recommended read to the studio: a series of essays celebrating the wild places in nature; an early novel by a poet; and a profound but disquieting debut novel about a disturbed child.

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  • A Good Read: James Walton, Lindsey Davis 31 May 11

    Tue, 31 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Joining Harriett Gilbert to discuss some favourite books are historical novelist Lindsey Davis and writer and critic James Walton. Their choices are all novels: they feature the excitement of a Royal escape, the entertaining emotional journey of a poetry editor with writer's block, and some wonderful writing about childhood.

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  • Open Book: Hilary Mantel and guests-historical fiction

    Sun, 29 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella celebrates a renaissance in historical fiction writing with authors Philippa Gregory, Sarah Dunant and Adrian Goldsworthy. The programme also includes an interview with Hilary Mantel, author of Booker prize winning novel "Wolf Hall" about the Tudor politician Thomas Cromwell.

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  • Open Book: Frederick Forsyth, Robert Louis Stevenson and the literary salons of Afghanistan

    Fri, 20 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to Frederick Forsyth, forty years after he wrote his ground-breaking novel The Day of the Jackal, one of the first modern international conspiracy thrillers. Authors Louise Welsh and Francis Spufford pay homage to one of the giants of English literature, Robert Louis Stevenson. And how amateur writers across Afghanistan are critiquing each other's work in home-grown literary salons.

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  • Eoin Colfer, John Boyne & Jim Crace

    Fri, 13 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to novelists Eoin Colfer and John Boyne about their new books as they cross the divide between writing for children and adults. Jim Crace, author of Booker nominated novel Quarantine, talks about writing his last book in a career which has lasted 25 years. And hot new Irish writer Kevin Barry and critic Suzi Feay discuss the way in which long running television drama series have influenced the contemporary novel.

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  • Anne Enright and literary friendships

    Fri, 6 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to Booker winning author Anne Enright about her new novel, The Forgotten Waltz. Dickens fan Roy Hattersley and academic John Bowen examine the literary friendship between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. And young adult author Patrick Ness talks about picking up the literary baton, after he completed a novel by fellow writer Siobhan Dowd following her death from cancer.

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  • Edward St Aubyn

    Sun, 24 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    This week Mariella Frostrup is in extended conversation with the novelist Edward St Aubyn. This programme does contain some disturbing content.

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  • Max Hastings on journalism novels & Steve Hely

    Sun, 17 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Two eras of journalism collide in Annalena McAfee's debut novel, 'The Spoiler'. Sir Max Hastings discusses how journalists have been portrayed in fiction and Emmy Award winning comedy writer Steve Hely talks about his first book 'How I Became a Famous Novelist'

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  • Jennifer Egan, conflict literature & Reading Clinic

    Sun, 10 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Orange prize nominated novelist Jennifer Egan about her book, A Visit From The Goon Squad. Writers Hisham Matar and Mirza Waheed examine how the experience of living in a region with ongoing political conflict translates into fiction. Children's author Anthony Horowitz and his son offer literary advice to teenage boys.

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  • 27 Mar 11: Monica Ali, libraries & Woolf

    Fri, 25 Mar 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to author of Brick Lane, Monica Ali, about her new novel inspired by the life of Princess Diana. Seventy years after her death, novelist and critic James Runcie assesses the legacy of Virginia Woolf. And librarians, listeners and writers defend public libraries.

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  • Will Self, dead lovers and comic novels

    Fri, 18 Mar 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella talks to writer Will Self about cuts to UK libraries. Novelists Joseph O'Connor and Maggie O'Farrell discuss why dead lovers haunt the pages of their books. And have young novelists forgotten how to be funny? Comedian Robin Ince offers guidance.

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  • Justin Cartwright, Juliet Stevenson

    Fri, 11 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Justin Cartwright about his new book Other People's Money. Acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson describes her unabridged reading of George Eliot's Middlemarch. Plus American writer Jessica Francis Kane discusses why she made a very British tragedy the subject of a fictional book.

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  • Extract: Alan Bennett reads Untold Stories

    Fri, 4 Mar 11

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A bonus download: Alan Bennett reads an extract from his diaries in Untold Stories.

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  • Extract: Agent Zigzag

    Fri, 4 Mar 11

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A bonus download: an extract from Agent Zigzag, Ben Macintyre's biography of a WW2 double agent, read by Damien Lewis and abridged by Doreen Estall.

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  • Extract: A Fine Balance

    Thu, 3 Mar 11

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A bonus download: an extract from Rohinton Mistry's novel A Fine Balance, read by Lyndham Gregory.

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  • Extract: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Thu, 3 Mar 11

    Duration:
    15 mins

    A bonus download: the opening of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, read by James Meunier and abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

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  • 27 Feb 11: Kim Edwards & Sybille Bedford

    Sun, 27 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to the American author Kim Edwards about her new book The Lake of Dreams, follow up to her bestselling novel The Memory Keeper's Daughter, and looks back at the life and work of writer Sybille Bedford with This Life creator Amy Jenkins.

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  • 20 Feb 11: Sarah Winman & New Authors

    Sun, 20 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to first time novelist Sarah Winman and investigates the rise of debut fiction this year. Authors Muriel Zagha and John Baxter discuss how the the art of writing about sensuality is poles apart in French and English literature. John Sutherland celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Penguin's Modern Classics.

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  • Hanif Kureishi; Heroines; and technology

    Sun, 13 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist Hanif Kureishi about his newly published collected essays, Kate Mosse gives an alternative list of heroines in fiction and novelists Barbara Erskine and John Lanchester discuss technology in print.

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  • Sebastian Faulks; Michael Arditti; and Frontier Fiction

    Sun, 30 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist Michael Arditti about his new book and to writer Sebastian Faulks about his new television series Faulks on Fiction, and Joanna Kavenna steps in for a reading clinic on Frontier Fiction.

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  • Paul Torday, Jay Parini, Sue Arnold

    Fri, 21 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mariella talks to author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Paul Torday, about his new book. Sue Arnold reviews the latest crop of audio books from Faberge Eggs to Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. And novelist Jay Parini discusses the life and death of Herman Melville (author of Moby Dick and Billy Budd) which he has re-created in his new novel.

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  • Alistair Campbell, AS Byatt and Carol Birch

    Fri, 14 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alastair Campbell tells Mariella Frostrup his top five reads. And Booker prize winner A S Byatt and novelist Carol Birch discuss the merits of novels that have a Victorian backdrop.

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  • Michael Cunningham and Joanna Trollope

    Thu, 13 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to American author Michael Cunningham, author of the The Hours, adapted into a film starring Nicole Kidman. Cunningham discusses his new novel, By Nightfall, which follows the story of a New York based couple. Two novelists discuss second novel syndrome as the follow-ups to their hugely successful debuts are published. And writer Joanna Trollope on the radio adaptation of Miss MacKenzie, her choice of Open Book Neglected Classic.

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  • Barry Humphries - 26 Dec 10

    Tue, 4 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Barry Humphries talks to Mariella Frostrup about five of his favourite books.

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  • Rose Tremain, Sunjeev Sahota and highlights of the year

    Fri, 17 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella picks her personal highlights from this year's programmes; novelist Rose Tremain discusses the literary and dramatic potential bound up in sibling rivalry; and new writer Sunjeev Sahota talks about his novel Ours Are The Streets.

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  • 12.12.10

    Sun, 12 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup speaks to Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer about her collected short fiction; author Tom Holland discusses the legacy of I, Claudius; writers Ian McMillan, Tessa Hadley and Andrew Martin explain the enduring allure of railways in fiction.

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  • King Arthur, Philip Kerr & Paul Bailey

    Sun, 28 Nov 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup speaks to writers Peter Ackroyd and Kevin Crossley-Holland about the legend of King Arthur. Novelist Philip Kerr talks about his new book Field Grey. And writer Paul Bailey discusses the life, work and letters of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lamedusa, author of The Leopard

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  • 21.11.10

    Fri, 19 Nov 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup presents a special edition examining the rise of Young Adult fiction, with the help of three leading YA novelists - Malorie Blackman, Marcus Sedgwick and Gemma Malley.

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  • 14.11.2010

    Sun, 14 Nov 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Barry Humphries about his five favourite books, novelist Mohsin Hamid discusses Antonio Tabucchi and Christopher Brookmyre on what makes a good title.

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  • Amanda Foreman, Dr Zhivago & Gunter Grass's memoirs

    Fri, 29 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Historian Amanda Foreman talks about her new book, A World on Fire which examines Britain's role in the American Civil War. Two descendants of Boris Pasternak discuss his most famous novel, Dr Zhivago and novelist Laurence Norfolk examines the second part of the memoirs of Germany's most acclaimed living author, Gunter Grass.

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  • Paul Auster, Richard Maybey and reading out loud

    Sun, 24 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to American writer, Paul Auster, about his new book, Sunset Park. Open Book explores the wonderful world of weeds, prompted by a new book from Richard Mabey on weeds. And our reading clinic looks at stories that can be read out loud.

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  • 17.10.10

    Sun, 17 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to the bestselling novelist Ken Follett about his new book, Fall of Giants. It's the first in a trilogy of novels about twentieth century history, and takes in the outbreak of the First World War and the emanicpation of women. Also on the programme, Mariella is joined by the novelists Rebecca Hunt and Tim Lott to explore how depression has been portrayed in fiction. Plus, she finds out what shapes the decision to bring a book back into print, following a query on the subject from an Open Book listener.

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  • The Cheltenham Literary Festival

    Tue, 12 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Salman Rushdie, James Ellroy and in his 50th year of writing, Alan Garner.

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  • 26.09.10

    Sun, 26 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to acclaimed writer Susan Hill, best known for her spine-tingling novels including Woman In Black. She discusses her latest book, The Small Hand. Plus, the joys of reading aloud - novelist Joanna Trollope and editor Angela Macmillan explain the importance of literature shared through the voice and not just on the page. Also, Paris viewed from the margins - novelists Alex Miller and Julie Orringer share their experiences of setting novels in Paris with emigres as the lead protagonists.

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  • 19/09/2010

    Fri, 17 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to the award-winning crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, and author Alexander McCall Smith on the art of writing prolifically. Plus two of Pakistan's new generation of novelists, Kamila Shamsie and Daniyal Mueenudeen, join Mariella to discuss, and to shed light on the renaissance that Pakistani writing is undergoing.

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  • 12 Sep 2010

    Thu, 16 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mariella Frostrup talks to Mann Booker Prize winner, DBC Pierre about his latest book, discuss Graham Greene in Africa and the Reading Clinic explores contemporary novels inspired by the classics.

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