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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 July 2006
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Howard Jacobson
Mariella Frostrup is joined by Howard Jacobson whose latest novel Kalooki nights tells the story of three Jewish boys growing up in Manchester in post war Britain.
Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson’s latest novel Kalooki Nights explores the impact of the Holocaust on the lives of Jews who did not experience but who grow up in its shadow. It is told through the eyes of Max Glickman whose secular home life in Crumpsall Park contrasts starkly with his friend Manny Washinsky who lives with his ultra orthodox family across the street. 

Kalooki Nights (Hardcover) - Howard Jacobson
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 0224078658

Who's Sorry Now - Howard Jacobson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099437376

Coming from Behind - Howard Jacobson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099452030

Reader’s Guide: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose sold 50 million copies worldwide and is now being dramatised by Radio 4’s Classic Serial in two parts on Sunday 16 July at 3.00pm. What made this medieval murder mystery an international bestseller despite its many philosophical digressions and what else should you read of Eco’s prolific output? Novelist and critic Stephanie Merrit provides a guide.

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099466031

Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099287153

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana: An Illustrated Novel - Umberto Eco
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099481375

How to Travel with a Salmon: And Other Essays - Umberto Eco
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099428636

On Literature - Umberto Eco
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0099453940

Stone: Ten Bindings

Bookbinder Faith Shannon’s exhibition opens at the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh from 15 July until 8 October. It comprises of ten bindings of “Stone”, a book of poems by George Mackay Brown (1921–1996), which was published in 1987 in a limited edition of 125 with nine colour photographs by Gunnie Moberg. Faith explains the thought processes behind her bindings and, with Gavin Rookledge, talks generally about the art of bookbinding, the relationship between the book’s cover and content and the future of bookbinding in an increasingly commercial publishing world.

Selected Poems, 1954-92 - George Mackay Brown
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN: 0719556244

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