Alice Sebold, Is Print is Dead?, and the Style of Saki
Mariella Frostrup meets Alice Sebold, the author of the international bestseller The Lovely Bones. Her latest novel, The Almost Moon, is narrated by a woman who admits in the book’s first sentence that she has just murdered her own mother. Alice Sebold talks about the art of the arresting opening, and why she's tired of people pointing out autobiographical elements in her work.
Print is Dead
Have books had their day? Mariella talks to the writer Jeff Gomez, who believes that they have, and discusses the role of the written word in the digital future with Richard Charkin, Executive Director of Bloomsbury.
And Open Book recalls one of the great short story writers, H.H. Munro, also known as Saki. The novelist Naomi Alderman explains why in her opinion he's a greater stylist than Oscar Wilde.