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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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.
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This week's programme:
Mariella Frostrup talks to J G Ballard about his new book, Millennium People, which tells the story of a revolution with a difference. The uprising occurs in Chelsea Mariner, its targets are Tate Modern, the NFT and even the BBC's own Broadcasting House and the perpetrators are the dissatisfied middle classes. Former stand up comedian Alexei Sayle talks about his novel Overtaken in which a man's life is irretrievably altered by a traffic accident. Writer and broadcaster John O'Farrel gives advice on how to read more challenging fiction. And, for those wanting to follow in the august footsteps of Mark Twain and Beatrix Potter among others, and publish their novels themselves Open Book brings you the guide to self publishing.
J. G. Ballard –
Empire Of The Sun (Flamingo)
Cocaine Nights (Flamingo)
Millennium People (Harper Collins)
Self-Publishing Feature –
One Hundred Shades of White by Preethi Nair (Harper Collins)
Shadowmancer by G. P. Taylor (Faber Children’s Books)
Huckelberry Finn by MarkTwain
Alexei Sayle –
The Dog Catcher (Sceptre)
Barcelona Plates (Sceptre)
Reading Clinic –
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Penguin)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (Vintage)
The Snapper by Roddy Doyle (Vintage)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (JonathanCape)
A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Penguin)
Things Can Only Get Better by John O’Farrell (Doubleday)
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