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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 8 October 2006
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JB Priestley
Margaret Drabble talks about Bright Day by J B Priestley.
Clive James
Journalist, critic, broadcaster, poet - Clive James has had a varied career and in the latest installment of his memoirs, North Face of Soho, he describes his life in the 1970s as he began to make his name in newspapers and on television.   

Clive James - North Face of Soho
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330481282 

Clive James - Unreliable Memoirs
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 033026463X 

Clive James - Falling Towards England
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330294377 

Clive James - May Week Was In June
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330315226

J B Priestley
J B Priestley is now best remembered as a playwright but he was also a prolific novelist - though now his fiction is out of print.  As his 1946 novel Bright Day is republished in a special edition, the author Margaret Drabble joins Mariella to talk about Priestley's work, and her memories of him.

J B Priestley - Bright Day
Publisher: Great Northern Books
ISBN: 1905080182

Literary Festivals
As Manchester gets its first ever literature festival and Cheltenham hosts its fifty seventh, Mariella talks to Chris Gribble from Manchester and Sarah Smyth from Cheltenham about how, when there are dozens of book festivals in the UK, they make their events distinctive.

Please click on these links to visit the websites for the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival

Kate O'Brien
Mariella talks to Open Book listener John Osbourne who wrote to us about his memories of Irish novelist Kate O'Brien after hearing our recent profile of her.

Kate O'Brien - The Land of Spices
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
ISBN: 1844083160

Kate O'Brien - The Ante-Room
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
ISBN: 1844083179

Kate O'Brien - Without My Cloak
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
ISBN: 1844083144

Kate O'Brien - Mary Lavelle
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
ISBN: 1844083152
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