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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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Julie Walters talks about her debut novel Maggie’s Tree, a profile of children’s writer Robert Westall and a look at what American crime fiction reveals about America today?
Maggie’s Tree by Julie Walters
Actress Julie Walters talks about her debut novel Maggie’s Tree which explores the behind the scenes life of three actresses in New York as they confront traumas in the own lives including the devastation of mental illness.

American Crime Fiction
John Williams, Cardiff based crime novelist and talks about his new book “Back to the Badlands”, an unusual piece of travel writing, exploring America through its crime fiction and those who write it, including Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen and James Ellroy. He is joined by crime writing aficionado and broadcaster Marcel Berlins

John Williams - Back to the Badlands: Crime Writing in the USA
Publisher: Serpent's Tail (16th October 2006)
ISBN: 1852429216

Robert Westall
Seven Stories The Centre for Children’s Books is hosting an exhibition about award winning children’s writer Robert Westall. Open Book profiles his work with contributions from childrens writer Melvin Burgess and academic Peter Hollindale.

Robert Westall - The Making of Me: A Writer's Childhood
Publisher: Catnip Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1846470080

Robert Westall - Ghost Abbey
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
ISBN: 0552550531

Robert Westall - Blitzcat
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN: 033039861X

Robert Westall - Scarecrows
Publisher: Definitions
ISBN: 0099482347

Robert Corrimer - Tenderness
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers ISBN: 0385731337
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