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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What book do you give to the person who has read everything?
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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 meets bestseller author Helen Dunmore who reveals her latest and most ambitious novel to date. It explores themes of personal stories, loss and survival.
We uncover the tales of Nasrudin the world's wisest fool.
If you’re a student about to study English at University, you’ll hear the latest buzzwords, books to have read and to read.
And Open Book rediscovers the stories by Elizabeth Taylor, no not she of the large diamonds and romantic optimism but a sharp penned novelist with an eye for observation.
Mourning Ruby (Viking)
Zennor in Darkness (Penguin Books)
The Siege (Penguin Books)
Your Blue-eyed Boy (Penguin Books)
With Your Crooked Heart (Penguin Books)
Talking to the Dead (Penguin Books)
Crossing the Field (Poem)
The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah (The Octagon Press Ltd.)
Dangerous Calm, the Selected Stories of Elizabeth Taylor, Edited by Lynn Knight (Virago Press).
These Stories can be heard Monday 22nd September - Friday 26th September at 3.45pm BBC Radio 4
Desperate Characters by Paula Fox (Flamingo)
Essential Books for 1st Year English Students –
London Review of Books (Magazine)
Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Margaret Drabble (Oxford University Press)
Yellow Dog by Martin Amis (JonathanCape)
Dylan’s Visions of Sin by Christopher Ricks (Viking)
Authors to have read -
Tolstoy, Flaubert, Joyce and Cervantes
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