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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 14th January 2007
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American Novelist Alice Hoffman, Author of Skylight Confessions

Kathryn Hughes talks to best selling novelist Alice Hoffman about magic and folk tales.
Alice Hoffman
In her books the American novelist Alice Hoffman finds magic in the mundanity of ordinary lives. She talks to Kathryn Hughes about her new novel, Skylight Confessions.

It tells the story of Arlyn, a young wife and mother who dies early and comes back to haunt her husband and children in their extraordinary family home - a house made entirely of glass.

The Tudors
Historian Jessie Childs and historical novelist Suzannah Dunn, whose new book The Sixth Wife is about Katherine Parr, discuss the enduring appeal of the Tudor period for writers of fiction and non-fiction.

Reading Clinic: Wuthering Heights
Juliet Barker, author of The Brontes, a biography of the writing family, joins Kathryn Hughes to help a listener who is struggling to get to the end of Wuthering Heights

Punning Titles
2007 is already the year of the punning book title, including Pies and Prejudice from Stuart Maconie and The Spy Who Came In From The Co-Op by David Burke, the story of Letty Norwood. Laurence Howarth considers where this trend might lead.
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