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
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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
80 year old writer Paula Fox explains to Mariella Frostrup why coming back into print after twenty years is a bit like being dead.
Can fiction about the working-class North of England get away from cloth caps and whippets – novelists Hilary Mantel and Carol Birch think so.
Plus, another visit to the Reading Clinic – a literary prescription for woman trouble.
Learning To Talk by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
Giving Up The Ghost by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
Turn Again Home by Carol Birch (Virago)
Still Here by Linda Grant (Abacus)
The Mighty Waltzer by Howard Jacobson (Vintage)
Who’s Sorry Now? by Howard Jacobson (Vintage)
Coming From Behind by Howard Jacobson (Vintage)
Behind The Scenes At the Museum by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)
Not The End Of The World by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)
Kes by Barry Hines, Lawrence Till (Nick Hern Books)
Reading Clinic recommendations
The Hound Of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (Penguin Classics)
Tess Of The D’Durbevilles by Thomas Hardy (Picador)
Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Black Swan)
Still Here by Linda Grant (Abacus) recommended by Carol Birch
The works of JaneAustin recommended by HilaryMantel
The Sorrows Of Young Werther by J.W.von Goethe (Penguin Classics)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Routledge)
The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins (Penguin Popular Classics)
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Penguin Books)
Trilby by George Du Maurier (Phoenix Mass Market)
Jaws by Peter Benchley (Pan)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Desperate Characters by Paula Fox (Flamingo)
Borrowed Finery by Paula Fox (Paula Fox)
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