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.
Sunday 9 July 2006
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’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
Who's Sorry Now - Howard Jacobson
Coming from Behind - Howard Jacobson
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
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana: An Illustrated Novel - Umberto Eco
How to Travel with a Salmon: And Other Essays - Umberto Eco
On Literature - Umberto Eco
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