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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 19 March 2006
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The cover of Jay McInerney's The Good Life
Jay McInerney on his new novel The Good Life which opens on September 10 2001 and considers the emotional impact of the attacks on the Twin Towers on his cast of wealthy Manhattanites.
Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney - one of the great chroniclers of wealthy, partying New Yorkers - has written a new novel with more sombre themes. He talks to Mariella Frostrup about The Good Life which is set in the aftermath of September 11th and considers the emotional impact of the devastating terrorist attacks.

The Good Life - Jay McInerney
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747580901

Bright Lights, Big City - Jay McInerney
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747512493

Brightness Falls - Jay McInerney
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747584850

Reading Clinic

Novelist and critic Philip Hensher visits the Reading Clinic to help a listener who wants to read PG Wodehouse, and doesn't know where to start. Philip's suggestions are:

The Code of the Woosters - P G Wodehouse
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 1841591009

Mr Mulliner Speaking - P G Wodehouse
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 1841591386

Psmith in the City - P G Wodehouse
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 1841591084

Ukridge - P G Wodehouse
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 1841591025

Poets turn to crime

Whitbread Poetry Award winner Michael Symmons Roberts has written his first novel - a thriller, Patrick's Alphabet. His fellow poet, David Harsent, has long had a double life as a crime writer under the pseudonyms Jack Curtis and David Lawrence. They talk to Mariella Frostrup about why poetry and crime make good bedfellows.

Corpus - Michael Symmons Roberts
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 0224073427

Patrick's Alphabet - Michael Symmons Roberts
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 0224075969 

Legion - David Harsent
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN: 0571228097 

Cold Kill - David Harsent writing as David Lawrence
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0141014334

Books before the beak

Dr Marcus Waithe on the occasions when literature has fallen foul of the law.

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