Spotlights new fiction and non-fiction, picks out the best of the paperbacks, talks to authors and publishers, and unearths lost masterpieces.
|Defying any attempt to pigeonhole her skills and talents Mariella combines her television and radio career with that of a prolific journalist. |
Over a fifteen-year TV career she has continued to impress both audiences and critics with her friendly, accessible and intelligent screen presence. Her projects run the gamut from current affairs to movies and the arts.
As a journalist she is currently the film critic for Harpers And Queen and has a weekly dilemma column in The Observer Magazine, while her book reviews and travel pieces appear regularly in the press. She has also been a member of the Booker-Mann Prize panel.
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The Reading Clinic
Do you have a problem that concerns books? If so Open Book's Reading Clinic wants to hear from you.
e.g. do you have a partner who never reads and you want some suggestions as to what might entice them in to the world of literature?
Are there some books, or genres that you have never managed to get your head round and would like an introduction?
What book do you give to the person who has read everything?
Where do I start with Proust?
What book should I take on a long train journey?
How do you get teenage boys to read?
If you want a full and frank discussion of your particular literary conundrum, then Open Book's Reading Clinic can prescribe the right book for you.
Please contact Open Book here with your literary ailment, giving as many details as possible including a daytime contact number where possible.
This week's programme
Open Book launches the first of its Reading Clinics in which listeners’ literary problems are placed under the spot light. If you have a husband whose literary tastes are hard to satisfy then this is the programme for you.
The very different life of a teenage boy is featured in an explosive new book from Saudi Arabia. A book whose publication in Saudi Arabia resulted in its author Turki al Hamad having four fatwas declared against him.
And can white authors write convincingly in a black voice? Tony White chose to write his new book Foxy T in the language of the racially mixed youth who inhabit London’s East End and about whom the book is written.
Mariella Frostrup talks to columnist and writer Zoe Heller about her new book Notes on Scandal in which a 41 year old female pottery teacher is having an affair with an underage pupil.
Reading clinic recommendations –
The Third Degree by Richard Pitman, Joe McNally (Hodder)
Warned Off by Richard Pitman, Joe McNally (Hodder)
Hunted by Richard Pitman, Joe McNally (Hodder)
A Romance Of The Turf: Park Top by The Duke Of Devonshire (John Murray)
Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley (Faber & Faber)
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)
Other recommendations not mentioned in the programme -
Blood Ties by Richard Pitman, Joe McNally (Hodder)
Running Scared by Richard Pitman, Joe McNally (Hodder)
Loose Lips: A Jerry Brogan Mystery by John L.Breen (Macmillan)
The Horse With My Name by Colin Bateman (Headline)
On The Edge by JennyPitman (PanMacmillan)
Double Deal by JennyPitman (PanMacmillan)
The Dilemma by JennyPitman (PanMacmillan)
Reflex by Dick Francis (Jove Books)
Inside Track by John Francome (Headline)
Books by Arabic Authors –
Adama by Turki Al-Hamad (Saqi Books)
Books not mentioned in the programme –
Cream Boy by JamilaGavin (Mammoth)
Seven: A Novel by G.Algosaibi (Saqi Books)
A Love Story by G.Algosaibi (Saqi Books)
Dusting The Colour From Roses by G.Algosaibi (Saqi Books)
Palace Walk: Cairo Trilogy by NaguibMahfouz (Black Swan)
Palace of Desire: Cairo Trilogy by NaguibMahfouz (Black Swan)
Sugar Street: Cairo Trilogy by NaguibMahfouz (Black Swan)
Fatama, A Novel Of Arabia by Raja Alem (SyracuseUniversity Press)
The Belt by Ahmed Abohdehman (Saqi Books)
Imagined Masculinities: Male Identity and Culture In The Middle East edited by MaiGhoussoub and EmmaSinclair-Webb (Saqi Books)
Other books mentioned in the programme -
Foxy T by Tony White (Faber & Faber)
Notes On A Scandal by Zoe Heller (Viking)
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