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|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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This week's programme:
The explorer Redmond O Hanlon tells Mariella Frostrup why two weeks on a trawler from Orkney to Greenland nearly killed him but provided wonderful material for his latest travel book. In the reading Clinic a listener gets advice about getting to grips with the novels of Paul Auster. And, Ben Schott, author of 'Schott's Miscellanies' on why strange facts, arcane lists and gobbets of useless information are deeply pleasurable.
Books by Redmond O’Hanlon:
Into the Heart of Borneo: An Account of a Journey Made in 1983 to the Mountains of Batu Tiban with James Fenton (Penguin)
In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon (Penguin Books)
Congo Journey (Penguin)
No Mercy: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo (Random House Inc.)
Trawler by Redmond O’Hanlon is Radio 4’s book of the week from Monday 3rd November.
Redmond O’Hanlon will be talking about his experiences on the ocean wave at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Friday 14th November. Tickets can be reserved by phoning 0207 836 1321
Books mentioned in Jenny Colgan’s Column:
Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller (Viking)
The Boy by Germaine Greer (Thames and Hudson)
A Round Heeled Woman by Jane Juska (Villard Books)
The Grandmothers by Doris Lessing (Flamingo)
Books by Ben Schott:
Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany (Bloomsbury)
Schott’s Original Miscellany (Bloomsbury)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Penguin)
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (Penguin)
The Other Side of the Dale by Gervaise Phinn (Penguin)
The No. 1 ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Abacus)
Books by Paul Auster:
True Tales of American Life Edited by Paul Auster (Faber and Faber)
The New York Trilogy (Faber and Faber)
The Music of Chance (Faber and Faber)
The Invention of Solitude – Essays (Faber and Faber)
Mr Vertigo (Faber and Faber)
The Book of Illusions (Faber and Faber)
The Red Notebook – True Stories (New Directions Publishing Corporation)
Oracle Night (Faber and Faber)
Moon Palace (Faber and Faber)
Leviathan (Faber and Faber)
In the Country of Last Things (Faber and Faber)
The Art of Hunger (Penguin)
Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure (Faber and Faber)
Threebies (Faber and Faber)
Timbuktu (Faber and Faber)
Three Films: Smoke, Blue in the Face, and Lulu on the Bridge (Picador USA)
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