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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 Best Awful by Carrie Fisher.
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This week's programme:
On Open Book this week Mariella Frostrup talks to Hollywood star turned writer Carrie Fisher about her new book The Best Awful, which picks up where her first book the phenomenally successful Postcards from the Edge left off. We look at couples who write books together and manage to stay married too, as well as talking to Jenny Hartley about the book behind the hit film The House of Sand and Fog, which made an ideal book club read. Plus, do offspring of the rich and famous have an easier time getting into print than anyone else?
List of Books:
Carrie Fisher’s book is The Best Awful (Simon & Schuster).
Other books by Carrie Fisher are:
Postcards From The Edge, Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink (Simon & Schuster)
Nicci Gerrard and Sean French’s latest book is Secret Smile, published next month (Penguin). Other books by ‘Nicci French’ are:
The Memory Game (Penguin)
Beneath The Skin (Penguin)
Killing Me Softly (Penguin)
The Red Room (Penguin)
The Safe House (Penguin)
Land of the Living (Penguin)
Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees’ new book is Love Lives (Arrow). Their other books include:
We Are Family (Heinemann)
Come Again (Heinemann)
The Boy Next Door (Arrow)
Come Together (Arrow)
Books by James Patterson and Andrew Gross:
2nd Chance (Headline)
The Jester (Headline)
3rd Degree (Little, Brown)
Books by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford (possibly out of print but available through all good libraries and second-hand bookshops):
Romance (Carroll & Graf)
The Inheritors (Carroll & Graf)
Books by Edith Somerville and Violet Martin Ross:
The Real Charlotte (Arrow)
The Irish R.M. (Abacus)
In the Vine Country (Vintage)
Through Connemara in a Governess Cart (Virago)
Reading Groups discussion:
Jenny Hartley has written The Reading Groups Book (OUP) and Reading Groups (OUP) with Sarah Turvey.
The House of Sand and Fog is by André Dubus III (Vintage)
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