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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 18th February 2007
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Cover image from 'For The Love Of A Sister' by Meg Hutchinson

Bestsellers Lesley Pearse and Meg Hutchinson join Mariella to discuss the secrets of the saga.
Meg Hutchinson and Lesley Pearse are two novelists whose books regularly appear in the bestsellers charts but their chosen genre - saga - is rarely celebrated by the literary establishment.

They join Mariella to reveal the secrets behind their work and the enduring appeal of the rags to riches tale.

For The Love Of A Sister - Meg Hutchinson
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Ties of Love - Meg Hutchinson
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Child of Sin - Meg Hutchinson
Publisher: Coronet

The Wanton Redhead – Meg Hutchinson
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Trust Me – Lesley Pearse
Publisher: Penguin

Camellia – Lesley Pearse
Publisher: Mandarin

Hope – Lesley Pearse
Publisher: Penguin

Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Publisher: Pan

The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Time Warner

Internet websites
Internet expert Jason Jenkins guides technophobe literary editor Suzi Feay though the multitude of websites dedicated to books and reading.

And we'd like to hear about the literary websites you use - email us with your favourites.

British Library Turning The Pages:

Reading philosophy to children
A new report suggests that helping children engage with philosophical questions can improve their IQ.

Julian Baggini, editor of The Philosophers Magazine joins Mariella to suggest some good reading material to start off children - and their parents.

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norman Juster
Publisher: Collins

The Philosophy Files – Stephen Law
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

Philosophy: The Classics – Nigel Warburton
Publisher: Routledge

Winnie the Pooh: Complete Collection of Stories and Poems – AA Milne and EH Shepard
Publisher: Methuen

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Publisher: Penguin

Alice Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
Publisher: Oxford Classics

The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten And 99 Other Thought Experiments – Julian Baggini
Publisher: Granta
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