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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 18 June 2006
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Bali Rai
Kathryn Hughes is joined by Bali Rai whose novels about teenagers in Leicester explore issues of race and identity.
Bali Rai

Novelist Bali Rai has written six books for teenagers, including Rani and Sukh and (Un)arranged Marriage, which all depict the lives of young people growing up in multi cultural Leicester and the pressures they face. His latest, The Last Taboo, is about a relationship between a young Asian girl and her black boyfriend. He talks to Kathryn Hughes about writing for teenagers, and why he thinks schools could do more to promote reading.

The Last Taboo - Bali Rai
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
ISBN: 0552553018

(Un)arranged Marriage - Bali Rai
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
ISBN: 0552547344

Rani and Sukh - Bali Rai
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
ISBN: 0552548901

The National Academy of Writing

The National Academy of Writing was originally opened in 2002, and organisers hoped it would be 'RADA of literature'. Now, after a troubled period of financial difficulties, it's being relaunched with a permanent home at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Chairman Barry Turner and novelist Nicola Monaghan, who'll be teaching at the academy, join Kathryn Hughes.

Casting Audio Books
Audio books publisher Alison Muirden discusses the art of choosing the right voice for the right novel, along with Elizabeth Buchan and actress Barbara Flynn who has just read Elizabeth's book Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman for the audio version.

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman - Elizabeth Buchan, Barbara Flynn (Narrator)
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 0752874462

The Second Wife (CD) - Elizabeth Buchan, Emma Fielding
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 0752874470

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams, Martin Freeman (Narrator)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio Books
ISBN: 1405090847

British Science Fiction 

As a new series on Radio 4 - Imagining Albion - explores the history of British science fiction writing and for the first time in its history, the Arthur C Clarke Award had an all British shortlist, Kathryn Hughes talks to writer Justina Robson and publisher Jo Fletcher about the current state of sci-fi in this country, and whether it still faces an image problem.

Imagining Albion is on Radio 4 at 1130 on Thursdays, from 22 June.   

Keeping It Real - Justina Robson
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN: 0575078626

Silver Screen - Justina Robson
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1591023386

Living Next Door to the God of Love - Justina Robson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1405021160
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