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 12 February 2006
Scott Turow, famous for his contemporary legal thrillers, on his new book Ordinary Heroes which is set in the battlefields of World War Two.
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
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
White Powder, Green Light - James Hawes
Rancid Aluminium - James Hawes
Hollywood Fictions: The Dream Factory in American Popular Literature - JP Springer
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Spider Boy a Scenario for a Moving Picture - Carl Van Vechten
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co