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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 9 April 2006
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N0172: Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601 (c) The National Gallery, London
Novelist Salley Vickers talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new book The Other Side of You, which was inspired by Caravaggio's painting The Supper at Emmaus (pictured).

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Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers' debut novel Miss Garnet's Angel was a best seller. She talks to Mariella Frostrup about her fourth novel, which like her first, is set partly in Italy and considers the redemptive power of art. The Other Side of You was inspired by Caravaggio, and tells the story of a psychiatrist and his intense relationship with one of his patients. 

The Other Side of You - Sally Vickers
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 0007165447

Miss Garnet's Angel - Salley Vickers
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0006514219

Mr.Golightly's Holiday - Salley Vickers
Publisher: HarperPerennial
ISBN: 0007156480

The Touchstone - Salley Vickers
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
ISBN: 1843910667

Reading Clinic

This week, we'd like you to offer advice to the latest reading clinic problem. Our patient is asking for books set in Australia in the nineteenth century. Here's the problem:

In common with I'm sure many people my ancestors spent time in Australia. Can you recommend some light reading - fiction or non-fiction - set in the colony in the period 1850-1900? Perhaps a 'family saga' or something similar? Something which would give a flavour of what life was like there at that time. Thank you.

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Macmillan New Writing Scheme

Last year, Macmillan launched a new scheme to help first time novelists get published. They could dispense with literary agents and send manuscripts to publishers direct. The idea - and the contract offered to first time novelists - was heavily criticised by some commentators. This month the first six books accepted by Macmillan are published. Brian Martin and Suroopa Mukherjee, two of the chosen writers, and publisher Michael Barnard, join Mariella to discss the project.

North - Brian Martin
Publisher: Macmillan New Writing
ISBN: 0230000002

Selfish Jean - Cate Sweeney
Publisher: Macmillan New Writing
ISBN: 0230001858

Dark Rain - Conor Corderoy
Publisher: Macmillan New Writing
ISBN: 023000010X

Taking Comfort - Roger Morris
Publisher: Macmillan New Writing
ISBN: 0230001378

The Manuscript - Michael Stephen Fuchs
Publisher: Macmillan New Writing
ISBN: 0230000096

Across the Mystic Shore - Suroopa Mukherjee
Publisher: Macmillan New Writing
ISBN: 0230000509

Macmillan New Writing website

Artists in Fiction

There have been a steady stream of books fictionalising the great painters' lives, including Javier Sierra's "The Secret Supper" and Margaret Forster's "Keeping The World Away". To investigate why the lives of artists appeal to novelists, Open Book spoke to Sarah Miano, author of Van Rijn - a book about Rembrandt - and to Arabella Edge whose new book "The Raft" is inspired by Theodore Gericault's painting, "The Raft of the Medusa.

Van Rjin - Sarah Miano
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330411802

The Raft - Arabella Edge
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330418475

The Secret Supper - Javier Sierra
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0743276299

Keeping the World Away - Margaret Forster
Publisher: Chatto and Windus
ISBN: 0701179821

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