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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 12 February 2006
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Scott Turow
Scott Turow, famous for his contemporary legal thrillers, on his new book Ordinary Heroes which is set in the battlefields of World War Two.
Scott Turow

Mariella Frostrup talks to bestselling author Scott Turow whose new book, set in World War Two, was inspired by his father's wartime experiences. He discusses the relationship between his central character and his father, and also why he continues to practice as a lawyer despite being a hugely successful novelist.

Ordinary Heroes - Scott Turow
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330441310

Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0140103368

PLR figures

Children's Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is once again the most borrowed author from UK libraries. And the latest figures show that Catherine Cookson has fallen out of the top ten. PLR registrar Jim Parker joins Mariella to discuss trends in library use.

Films In Fiction

Shoot! by Luigi Pirandello was first published in 1915 and is considered to be the first novel about film making - it's the fictional diaries of a cameraman on a movie set in Rome. Open Book talks to John Springer, author of Hollywood Fictions, Catherine O'Rawe and James Hawes who wrote a fictional account of his own experiences of the film world - White Powder, Green Light - about the way movies appear on the page.

Shoot!: The Notebooks of Serafino Gubbio, Cinematograph Operator (Cinema and Modernity) - Luigi Pirandello
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226669823

White Powder, Green Light - James Hawes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099442086

Rancid Aluminium - James Hawes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 009926899X

Hollywood Fictions: The Dream Factory in American Popular Literature - JP Springer
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806132590

Spider Boy a Scenario for a Moving Picture - Carl Van Vechten
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co
ISBN: 1417902698

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - Horace McCoy
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
ISBN: 185242401X

I Should Have Stayed Home - Horace McCoy
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
ISBN: 1852424028

The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0141023651

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