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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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Listen to Reading Clinic - Lesbian fiction
The Reading Clinic:
Do you have a problem that concerns books? If so, Open Book's Reading Clinic wants to hear from you.
For instance, do you have a partner who never reads and 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 to which you'd 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 you can including a daytime contact number if possible.
This week's programme:
We hear from David Guterson, bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars – about his new novel. Set in the rain - soaked forests of Washington State, he leads us into the realms of faith credulity and human frailty, when an itinerant mushroom picker sees a vision of the Virgin Mary. Also we discuss the controversy caused by Asne Sierstad’s book The Bookseller of Kabul as the bookseller of the title is threatening to sue.
Who do you call if you want good lesbian fiction? - the Open Book Reading Clinic of course provides answers. And would you wear a book as a necklace or display it on your mantelpiece? We hear from the world of Artist’s Books.
Novels by David Guterson:
Our Lady of the Forest (Bloomsbury)
Snow Falling on Cedars (Bloomsbury)
East of the Mountains (Bloomsbury)
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad (Little Brown)
Madness Visible: A Memoir of a War by Janine di Giovanni (Bloomsbury)
The London Artists Book Fair:
ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), Nash House, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
28th - 30th November, Friday 12am - 7pm, Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Reading Clinic – Lesbian Fiction:
Absent Kisses by Frances Gapper (Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd.)
The Water’s Edge by LouiseTondeur (Headline)
Hotel World by Ali Smith (Penguin Books)
The Woman in Beige by V.G.Lee (Mllivres-Prowler Group Ltd.)
Mush by Kathleen Kiirik Bryson (Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd.)
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