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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 28th January 2007
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Sophie Kinsella

Mariella talks to bestselling novelist Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella has sold over two million copies of her Shopaholic series - in the latest, Shopaholic and Baby, her acquisitive heroine Becky Bloomwood becomes a Mum.

Sophie talks to Mariella Frostrup about her admiration for Becky, and why she chooses to write under a pseudonym. 

In February, free copies of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story, Kidnapped, are being given out free across Edinburgh - UNESCO's first City of Literature.

The book has been adapted into a graphic novel and version for young readers, as well as the classic text.
Mariella talks to Louise Welsh, who has written the preface to the new edition of Kidnapped and Alan Grant who has transformed it into a graphic novel.

For further information on the City of Literature, please click on this link.

Stef Penney and Georgina Harding
Stef Penney was chosen this year as the winner of the Costa First Novel award and was praised by the judges for the brilliant evocation of nineteenth century Canada in her murder mystery The Tenderness of Wolves.

In fact, Stef has never travelled to Canada and the snowy landscapes and harsh conditions her characters face were all the result of research and imagination.

She, and writer Georgina Harding whose first novel is set in the Arctic in the seventeenth century, discuss how they wrote about icy wastes and violent snowstorms from the calm of the British Library.

Reading clinic
Sophie Kinsella returns to advise a listener who wants to know what books to pack in her hospital bag, as she prepares for the birth of her second baby.
Sophie's suggestions:

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
Frangipani by Celestine Hitiura Vaite
The Manny by Holly Peterson.
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