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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 26 February 2006
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David Nobbs
Joanne Harris on her literary hero Ray Bradbury and Reggie Perrin creator, David Nobbs, on the fourth in his series of Henry Pratt novels.
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's 1962 novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes, is being republished in Gollancz's Fantasy Masterwork series. Novelist Joanne Harris joins Mariella Frostrup to talk about Bradbury, who she first read when she was nine and has continued to enjoy ever since, and explores the way his writing has influenced her own books, especially Chocolat.

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN: 057507874X

Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Minotauro
ISBN: 8445074873

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Reclam Philipp Jun.
ISBN: 315009058X

The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Grafton Books
ISBN: 0246636335

The Golden Apples of the Sun - Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 0671017888

Chocolat - Joanne Harris
Publisher: Editions 84
ISBN: 229031320 

David Nobbs

David Nobbs is perhaps best known for his comic creation Reggie Perrin but has also written many other books including A Bit of a Do and the Henry Pratt novels. He talks to Mariella about the fourth in this series - Pratt A Manger - and why he finds it hard to dislike his characters.

Pratt a Manger - David Nobbs
Publisher: William Heinemann
ISBN: 0434012459

The Cucumber Man - David Nobbs
Publisher: Mandarin
ISBN: 0749322675

A Bit of a Do - David Nobbs
Publisher: Mandarin
ISBN: 0749310154

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin - David Nobbs
Publisher: Mandarin
ISBN: 074930379

Quick Reads

To mark this year's World Book Day 12 authors, including Open Book's guests Minette Walters and Patrick Augustus, have written short books designed for people who struggle with reading, or who are simply too busy to get to the end of a novel.
Follow this link to find out more about Quick Reads and World Book Day.

Don't Make Me Laugh (Quick Reads) - Patrick Augustus
Publisher: The X Press
ISBN: 1902934466

Chickenfeed (Quick Reads) - Minette Walters
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 0330440314

Sybille Bedford

The novelist Sybille Bedford has died aged 94. As a tribute, Open Book offers another chance to hear her conversation with Mariella Frostrup recorded last June, which would turn out to be her last broadcast interview. 
Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education - Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Eland
ISBN: 0907871798

Quicksands: A Memoir - Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0140279768

A Legacy - Sybille Bedford
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0141188057

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