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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 17 December 2006
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Author Richard Powers. Photo by Jerry Bauer.

Mariella Frostrup talks to Richard Powers, winner of the WH Smith Literary Award. This week on Open Book he talks to Mariella about his new novel, The Echo Maker.
Richard Powers
Richard Powers is one of the most acclaimed writers working in America. He’s been likened to Herman Melville by one of his peers, Margaret Atwood and his last book, The Time of Our Singing, won the WH Smith Literary Award.

This week in Open Book he talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new novel, The Echo Maker. Its a brilliant, unsettling book that juxtaposes the mystery surrounding a terrible road accident with the mystery of human understanding to paint a picture of America today.

Crime Fiction
Traditionally crime fiction comes into its own early in the New Year.

To mark the imminent avalanche of titles Mariella invites three of the stars of the genre, Barbara Nadel, Qui Xiaolong and Karin Alvtegen to nominate their top fictional detectives.

Arthur Ransome
And to round things off Christina Hardyment explains what took Arthur Ransome to Russia in 1913 and how the experience helped him to become the author of books such as Swallows and Amazons.
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