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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 25th February 2007
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Author Gerard Woodward

Gerard Woodward joins Mariella to discuss A Curious Earth, the final installation in his trilogy about the alcholic Jones family, inspired by his own past.
Gerard Woodward
Gerard Woodward was Booker nominated for I'll Go To Bed At Noon, the second volume in his trilogy about the dysfunctional Jones family.

He's now written the last book which concentrates on the father, Aldous Jones, living alone in a ramshackle house where the cupboards sprout potatoes. His life is transformed after he suffers a fall. 

A Curious Earth – Gerard Woodward
Publisher: Chatto & Windus (2007)

I’ll Go to Bed at Noon – Gerard Woodward
Publisher: Vintage (2005)

Teaching Tips for Martin Amis
Novelist Martin Amis has just become a Creative Writing Professor at Manchester University.

Three writers who have all combined teaching and writing duties - Jill Dawson, Richard Francis and Susan Elderkin - offer him some advice on how to get the best of out of his students.

Judge Sewall's Apology - Richard Francis
Publisher: Harper Perennial (2006)

Watch Me Disappear – Jill Dawson
Publisher: Sceptre (2007)

The Voices – Susan Elderkin
Publisher: HarperPerennial (2004)

Reading Clinic
Novelist, poet and performer Anthony Joseph joins Mariella to help our latest patient in the Reading Clinic, a listener whose about to spend retirement sailing round the Caribbean and would like some advice on what to read on her travels.

Beyond A Boundary - C L R James
Publisher: Yellow Jersey Press

The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy (Rights of Passage, Islands, Masks) - Edward Braithwaite
Publisher: Oxford University Press (1981)

The Dragon Can't Dance - Earl Lovelace 
Publisher: Faber and Faber (1998)

Traveller’s Literary Companion to the Caribbean – James Ferguson
Publisher: In Print Publishing (1997)

The African Origins of UFOs - Anthony Joseph and Lauri Ramey 
Publisher: Salt Publishing (2006)

Dishing The Dirt on the Office
Three novelists who've all based their first books on their first jobs talk about dishing the dirt on office politics, taking revenge (in fiction) on their former colleagues and how they've carried on with their writing lives after they've exhausted all the material from their day jobs.

Golden Handcuffs - Polly Courteney
Publisher: Matador (2006)

E - Matt Beaumont
Publisher: Harper Collins(2000)

The First Assistant: A Continuing Tale from Behind the Hollywood Curtain - Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare
Publisher: Pan (Pubished 22 February 2007)
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