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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.
|The Reading Clinic:|
Sylvia Smith interview
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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.
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 meet an author who’s set for success with her tales of disastrous holidays, and with the publication of John Le Carre's 19th novel we provide a readers’ guide to the best of his work.
We also delve in to the world of the author who deliberately forgets his back catalogue. And we hear from you about your best memories of winning books as prizes.
Books by Sylvia Smith:
My Holidays (Picador)
Misadventures (Canongate Books)
Appleby House (Picador)
Feature: Books as Prizes:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Puffin Classics)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
“Kidnapped” and “Catriona” by Robert Louis Stevenson (World’s Classics, Oxford)
Modern Canoeing by Charles Sutherland (Faber)
100 Great Welsh Women by Terry Breverton (Glyndwr Publishing)
Some other books listeners told us they received as prizes
(Not mentioned in the programme):
Popular Cookery for Young People by Jennie Reekie (Octopus)
Scottish Love Poems: A Personal Anthology edited by Antonia Fraser (Canongate)
Love Letters edited by Antonia Fraser (Leopard Books)
Unofficial Countryside by Richard Mabey (Collins)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Penguin Classics)
Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Oxford World Classics)
The Tomb in Seville by Norman Lewis (JonathanCape)
Spanish Adventure by Norman Lewis
Overtaken by Alexei Sayle (Sceptre)
Train to Hell by Alexei Sayle (Mandarin)
The Magus by John Fowles (Vintage)
Lytton Strachey by Michael Holroyd (Penguin Literary Biographies)
Narrow Road to the Deep North by Edward Bond (Methuen Publishing)
Bundle by Edward Bond (Dramatic Pub Co.)
Duel of Angles by TennesseeWilliams
Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams (Josef Weinberger Plays)
Uncle Vanya by Chekhov (Penguin Books)
The Wood Demon by Chekhov (Oxford University Press)
Boating for Beginners by JeanetteWinterson (Vintage)
Babbling April 1925 Poetry Collection by Graham Greene
Books by John Le Carre:
Absolute Friends (Hodder & Stoughton)
Call for the Dead (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Constant Gardener (Coronet)
The Little Drummer Girl (Bantam Books)
The Looking Glass War (Sceptre)
A Murder of Quality (Bantam Books)
The Night Manager (Sceptre)
The Naïve and Sentimental Lover (Sceptre)
Our Game (Sceptre)
The Russia House (Sceptre)
The Honourable School Boy (Sceptre)
The Secret Pilgrim (Sceptre)
Single & Single (Sceptre)
A Small Town in Germany (Sceptre)
Smiley’s People (Hodder & Stoughton)
Le Carre Books recommended by Peter Gutteridge:
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (Sceptre)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Hodder & Stoughton)
A Perfect Spy (Sceptre)
The Tailor of Panama (Sceptre)
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