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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.
This week
Sunday 22 January 2006
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Edward St Aubyn
Edward St Aubyn on his new novel Mother's Milk and literary advice for travellers on their way to India and Japan.

On this week's programme Mariella Frostrup talks to Edward St Aubyn about his new novel Mother's Milk. It continues the story of his semi-autobiographical character Patrick Melrose who first appeared in his early 1990's trilogy, Some Hope. Patrick is now a family man struggling to overcome his troubled past and give his children the happy childhood he never had. Also this week, Lesley Downer and Ian Jack suggest reading material for listeners heading off to Japan and India and the business of sponsoring literary prizes.

Mother's Milk - Edward St Aubyn
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330435892

Some Hope: A Trilogy - Edward St Aubyn
Publisher: Open City Books
ISBN: 1890447366

Books on Japan - Lesley Downer's choices

Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 0804832560

Shogun: A Novel of Japan - James Clavell
Publisher: Flame
ISBN: 0340766166

Geisha in Rivalry - Kapu Nagai
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 0804802041

Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World - Lesley Downer
Publisher: Headline
ISBN: 0747264260

Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0679761047

A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0099448777

Anthology of Japanese Literature to the Nineteenth Century - ed. Donald Keene
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0140441999

Books on India - Ian Jack's choices

An Area of Darkness - V S Naipaul
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0140441999

India : A Million Mutinies Now - V S Naipaul
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0749399201

Pax Britannnica: The Climax of an Empire - Jan Morris
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN: 0571194672

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Publisher: Flamingo
ISBN: 0006550681

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0099578514

A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0060786523

The Granta Book of India - ed. Ian Jack
ISBN: 1862077843

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