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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 21 May 2006
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Bella Pollen on the desperate world of the US-Mexican border and the collective The Medieval Murderers discuss writing as a team.
Bella Pollen
British novelist Bella Pollen researched her new novel, Midnight Cactus, by meeting criminals and human traffickers on the US-Mexican border.  She talks to Mariella Frostrup about her adventures there and the plight of Mexicans desperate to become US citizens.

Midnight Cactus  - Bella Pollen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1405005742
Hunting Unicorns - Bella Pollen
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 0330411578

Reading Clinic - helping children with bereavement
In response to a query from a listener,  Brendan McIntyre from the charity Winstons Wish which works with children who are coping with bereavement and their families, recommends books which can help at such a time.
Follow this link to find out more about Winston's Wish
Brendan’s suggestions:

There's No Such Thing As A Dragon - Jack Kent
Publisher: Golden Books
ISBN: 0375832084

Flamingo Dream - Donna Jo Napoli
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN: 0688167969

When Dinosaurs Die - Laurie Krasney Brown and Mark Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0316119555 

Always and Forever - Alan Durant
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
ISBN: 0552548774

Michael Rosen's Sad Book - Michael Rosen
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 0744598982 
The Medieval Murderers
Historical crime writers Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory and Philip Gooden are members of a writing collective - The Medieval Murderers. As they publish their second joint effort Sword of Shame, they talk to Mariella about the collaborative creative process.

Sword Of Shame - The Medieval Murderers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 074328545X

The Tainted Relic - The Medieval Murderers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 0743267958

Literary Confessions
This week it’s the turn of bestselling novelist Marian Keyes, who’s just published Anybody Out There?, to tell Mariella about the very worst thing she’s ever done to a book.      

Anybody Out There? - Marian Keyes
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
ISBN: 0718147634
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