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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.
Cover of The Dust Diaries by Owen Sheers.
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This week's programme:
Owen Sheers talks about ‘The Dust Diaries’, an intriguing mix of biography, fiction and travel writing – which tells the story of an obscure relative, a maverick missionary to Rhodesia at the turn of the last century. How do writers get the voices right in fiction? Andrea Levy explains how the voices of her protagonists filled her head as she wrote her new novel and Patricia Duncker nominates writers with the best ear for dialogue. Plus, a guide to reading John Updike and the latest referral to the Open Book reading Clinic.
List of Books
Books by Owen Sheers:
The Dust Diaries (Faber & Faber)
His poetry collection is The Blue Book (Seren).
Russian Novels Reading Clinic:
The Queen of Spades and Other Stories by Alexander Pushkin and others (Oxford World Classics)
Hero of our Times by M. IU Lermontov (New English Library)
Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov (Wordsworth)
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin trans. Clarence Brown (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov trans. Michael Glenny (Harvill Press)
Books by Andrea Levy:
Every Light In The House Burnin’ (Review)
Never Far From Nowhere (Review)
Fruit of the Lemon (Review)
Her latest novel is Small Island (Review)
The Voices feature also included an excerpt from James Kelman's How Late It Was, How Late (Vintage).
A Reader’s Guide to John Updike:
Rabbit, Run (Deutsch)
Rabbit Redux (Penguin)
Rabbit Is Rich (Penguin)
Rabbit At Rest (Penguin)
Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, 'Rabbit Remembered' (Penguin)
The Coup (Penguin)
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