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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 30 July 2006
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Sam Selvon
Mariella Frostrup talks to novelist David Dabydeen about Sam Selvon's definitive novel of the Windrush generation, The Lonely Londoners.
The Lonely Londoners

Sam Selvon's groundbreaking book The Lonely Londoners tells the story of West Indian migrant Moses, and his band of fellow immigrant friends learning to cope with life in grey, 1950s London. Selvon portrays both the romance and illusion of an imagined city that was both magnet and nightmare for its new colonial citizens.

The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 0141188413

Housing Lark (Three Continents Press) (Hardcover) - Sam Selvon
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc,US
ISBN: 0894106023

Moses Migrating (Three Continents Press) - Sam Selvon
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc,US
ISBN: 0894107151

Jon McGregor

Jon McGregor talks about his second novel, So Many Ways To Begin, telling the story of marriage as both partners struggle to come to terms with painful truths from the past. Jon McGregor's first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, published when he was only 26, was long listed for the Booker Prize.

So Many Ways to Begin (Hardcover) - Jon McGregor
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747579466

If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 0747561575

Sporting memoirs

In the week that Tiger Woods so memorably cried on winning the British Open remembering the loss of his father, Open Book looks at the way in which dads have been written about by writers searching to understand their own relationships with their fathers.

My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes - Gary Imlach
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press
ISBN: 0224072684

Vulnerable in Hearts: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons and Contract Bridge - Sandy Balfour
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1843543664

Preferred Lies: A Journey to the Heart of Scottish Golf (Hardcover) - Andrew Greig
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0297848356

This Life, This Life: Selected Poems 1970-2006 - Andrew Greig
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
ISBN: 1852247134

Is There a Book In You?

Alison Baverstock provides a guide for the aspiring writer to find out if they have what it takes to write a novel, including a questionnaire to test writing ability and a creativity test

Is There a Book in You? - Alison Baverstock
Publisher: A & C Black
ISBN: 0713679328

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On 22nd August at 11 o'clock, we're recording a special edition of Open Book all about the Books industry. If you'd like to come along to the recording, at a central London Bookshop, please email us here

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