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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 20 August 2006
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose first book Purple Hibiscus was short-listed for the Orange Prize, talks about her follow up Half of a Yellow Sun.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut novel, Purple Hibiscus was long-listed for the Booker and short-listed for the Orange prize. She talks to Mariella Frostrup about following such a successful start, about her new book Half of a Yellow Sun, set during the Nigerian-Biafran war in the 1960s and why she's a bit embarrassed about her Dad reading it. 
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher - HarperCollins 
ISBN: 0007200277

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0007189885

Suffragettes in Fiction

In response to a query sent to our reading clinic, biographer and lecturer in women's fiction, Lynn Knight suggests some novels that feature the suffragette movement.

Lynn's suggestions:

Ann Veronica - HG Wells
Publisher - Penguin
ISBN: 0141441097

Night and Day - Virginia Woolf
Publisher - Penguin
ISBN: 0140185682

The Sentinel - Rebecca West
Publisher - Maney
ISBN: 1900755513

Polly's March - Linda Newbery
Publisher - Usborne
ISBN: 0746060319

Falling Angels - Tracy Chevalier
Publisher - HarperCollins
ISBN: 0007217234

Writing a Novel at the Edinburgh Festival

The comedian Mark Watson, who is also a published novelist, has decided to write a book during the Edinburgh Festival by using his audience to come up with ideas. He talks to Mariella about how his literary experiment is working. 
Visit Mark's ongoing novel on his website

Bullet Points - Mark Watson
Publisher - Vintage
ISBN: 0099460858 
Arab Writers

The British Council and Banipal Magazine have invited a group of young Arab writers to tour the UK and discuss their work. Mariella talks to two of the group - writer Ala Hlehel and poet Abed Ismael.  

Unbuttoning the Violin - Selected works by Joumana Haddad, Abed Ismael, Ala Hlehel and Mansoura Ez-Eldin.
Publisher: Banipal Books
ISBN: 0-9549666-2-7

Ala and Abed's suggestions of Arab writers:

An Iraqi in Paris: An Autobiographical Novel - Samuel Shimon
Publisher - Banipal Books
ISBN: 0954966600 

Without an Alphabet, Without a Face: Selected Poems of Saadi Youssef
Publisher - Graywolf Press, US
ISBN: 155597371X 

Invitation to a recording of Open Book

On 22 August 2006 at 11:00am, 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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