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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 11th March 2007
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Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier who joins Mariella to talk about her new book, Burning Bright, which features William Blake as one of the characters.
Tracy Chevalier
Tracy Chevalier’s wildly successful first book, The Girl With The Pearl Earring, set the painter Vermeer at the centre of the story. Her new novel, Burning Bright, features William Blake. Mariella talks to Tracy to find out what the advantages are of basing characters on real people.

Girl With The Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: HarperCollins

Burning Bright – Tracy Chevalier
Publisher: HarperCollins

Longhand versus word processing
Following the news that 92 year old author Patrick Leigh Fermor has given up writing in longhand, and has bought his first typewriter, bookseller Ed Maggs tells Open Book what the rise of the PC will do to the manuscript as we know it.

A Time Of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
Publisher: John Murray

Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
Publisher: John Murray

Book websites
Many of you emailed Open Book to make suggestions of book websites you enjoyed, following Open Books exploration of the internet on 18th February.

Kevin Jackson
Books Of Hours were originally collections of prayers, psalms and texts which for a period of 250 years outsold even the bible in Britain. Kevin Jackson has created his own Book of Hours to chart progress through a modern day. Mariella talks to him about the falling of silence and shifting meal times.

The Book of Hours - Kevin Jackson
Publisher: Duckworth
(Published on 28 March 2007)
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