Sunday 16:00-16:30, repeated Thursday 16:00-16:30, except first Sunday in the month when it is replaced by Book Club.
Open Book spotlights new fiction and non-fiction, picks out the best of the paperbacks, talks to authors and publishers, and unearths lost masterpieces.
Sunday 21 August 2005
Maggie Gee on her new novel My Cleaner, the world of lost books and advice on how to read philosophy.
On this week's programme, Mariella Frostrup talks to Maggie Gee about her new novel, My Cleaner. It explores the relationship between Vanessa Henman, an uptight London novelist and her former cleaner, Mary Tendo, who returns from Uganda to help Vanessa look after her son.
Stuart Kelly and China Mieville discuss the world of lost books. These are books which are no longer available to read today or books that were never even written and simply remained a figment of the author's imagination - from Homer's comedic epic to Charles Dickens' last unfinished novel.
In the Reading Clinic, Jonathan Rée gives advice on how to start reading philosophy.
And Peter Baillie explains his new website which, for a small fee, enables people to send books they've finished with to other keen readers.