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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 12 November 2006
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Spanish novelist Javier Cercas on his new book "The Speed of Light"; Mark Cocker and Martin Wainwright talk about nature writing; and Jim Perrin, M. John Harrison and Martin Wainwright talk about what makes writing about mountaineering so thrilling.
Javier Cercas
Award winning writer of "Soldiers of Salamis" talks about his new novel "The Speed of Light" which explores the process of writing itself as it charts the friendship between a young aspiring Spanish writer and a Vietnam veteran who meet at an American university in the Mid West.

'The Speed of Light' by Javier Cercas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 074758382X

Nature Writing
Mark Cocker, author of Birds Britannica talks about his new book Tiger In The Sand with Martin Wainwright editor of "A Gleaming Landscape - A Hundred Years of the Guardian country diary". In the week that Planet Earth returns to our tv screens, can words rival pictures in creating spell binding images of nature and just why is nature writing so popular?

A Tiger in the Sand, Selected Writings on Nature by Mark Cocker
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 0224078828

A Gleaming Landscape by Martin Wainwright
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
ISBN: 1845131827

Reading Clinic - miserable books
Another in our occasional series The Reading Clinic, writer and broadcaster Francis Spufford provides a selection of miserable books, both classic and contemporary and considers how misery differs from tragedy.

The Nether World by George Gissing
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192837672

Tis by Frank McCourt
Publisher: HarperPerennial
ISBN: 0007205244

Mountain Writing
As the Boardman Tasker prize winner is announced at the Kendal Mountain Book festival next week, Open Book talks to two shortlisted writers, Jim Perrin and Arlene Blum and a former winner, M John Harrison about what makes writing about mountaineering such a thrilling exploration of life, death and what it means to be a human being.

Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life by Arlene Blum
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 978-0-7432-5846-3

Climbers: A Novel by M.John Harrison
Publisher: Phoenix
ISBN: 0 75381 955 4

Jim Perrin: The Climbing Essays
Publisher: The In Pinn Press
ISBN: 1 903238 471

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