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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.
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Sunday 17 September 2006
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Leonard and Virginia Woolf
In the age of the computer, is the writers notebook endangered? Authors Mary Lawson, Nicholas Evans and Tracy Chevalier talk to Mariella Frostrup about how keeping a notebook is integral to their work.
Leonard Woolf
Leonard Woolf has long been overshadowed by his wife, the troubled literary genius Virginia Woolf. However, as a new biography shows, he was one of the most interesting of the Bloomsbury set; he was instrumental in setting up the League of Nations, he was a passionate supporter of women's rights and was a respected advisor on domestic politics. Mariella talks to the author of the biography, Victoria Glendinning about shedding light on Leonard's life.

Leonard Woolf: A Life - Victoria Glendinning
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743220307 

Writers' Notebooks
In the age of the Dictaphone and computer, is the writers notebook endangered? Authors Mary Lawson, Nicholas Evans and Tracy Chevalier talk about how keeping a notebook is integral to their work.

The Other Side of the Bridge - Mary Lawson
Publisher: Chatto and Windus
ISBN: 0701173270

The Divide - Nicholas Evans
Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks
ISBN: 0751539341

Girl With A Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0006513204

DH Lawrence
Radio 4 is broadcasting a dramatised version of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover next week. Because of the explicit language of the novel, broadcast before the 9pm watershed is banned, even in 2006. But, is the novel really that racy? Mariella is joined by Dr Paul Poplawski, DH Lawrence expert and series editor of the recent Penguin Classic editions of Lawrence 's work.

Lady Chatterley's Lover - DH Lawrence
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0141441496

Publishing in China
Mariella speaks to Simon Bell, International Director of the Publisher's Association, about the opportunities for publishers in China , and the worries about book piracy.

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