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
On this week’s Open Book, Jenny Colgan meets Tobias Hill, whose latest book is a novel about a mysterious computer expert, the world’s richest man, who has invented the world’s first electronic currency.
Howard Schuman looks again at James Leo Herlihy’s cult 1960s novel Midnight Cowboy, newly republished, which was later turned into a classic Hollywood film.
Peggy Reynolds offers advice to a reader who’s having trouble getting beyond page twenty of anything by Virginia Woolf.
And as the summer book festival season gets underway, well-known authors tell Open Book about the questions they dread.
Join Jenny Colgan this Sunday afternoon at 4 pm.
This week's books:
The Cryptographer (Faber)
Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
All Fall Down by James Leo Herlihy
The Man With The Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
A Walk On The Wild Side by Nelson Algren
Catcher In The Rye by J.D.Salinger
Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
Virginia Woolf Reading Clinic
Flush by Virginia Woolf (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf (Vintage)
A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (Penguin Modern Classics)
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Penguin Popular Classics)
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Penguin Modern Classics)
Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee (Vintage)
[although all Woolf titles are available from various publishers]
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