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 8 October 2006
Margaret Drabble talks about Bright Day by J B Priestley.
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
Clive James - Unreliable Memoirs
Clive James - Falling Towards England
Clive James - May Week Was In June
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
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.