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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 20th May 2007
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Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers on what might have happened in a Welsh valley had the Germans invaded in 1944, and why American book critics are worried.
Owen Sheers

The acclaimed poet Owen Sheers has written his first novel. Inspired by true stories he heard growing up in Wales, Resistance is a counter-factual version of history, set in a Welsh valley deserted by its menfolk who have left to fight an invading German army in 1944.
Resistance - Owen Sheers
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Skirrid Hill - Owen Sheers
Publisher: Seren Books

The Dust Diaries - Owen Sheers
Publisher: Faber and Faber

The Blue Book - Owen Sheers
Publisher: Seren Books

World Building in Science Fiction

Earlier this year on Open Book, historical novelist Tracy Chevalier admitted that she was in awe of science fiction writers who have to create a new world from scratch. Mariella Frostrup is joined by one such writer, Justina Robson and one of the judges of this year's Arthur C Clarke Awards Graham Sleight to discuss approaches to inventing a whole new universe.

Selling Out: Quantum Gravity Book Two – Justina Robson
Publisher: Gollancz (17 May 2007)

Keeping It Real – Justina Robson
Publisher: Gollancz

Natural History – Justina Robson
Publisher: Pan

Mappa Mundi - Justina Robson
Publisher: Tor

Living Next-Door to the God of Love
Publisher: Tor

American Book Critics

American literary critics have launched a campaign to save book reviews, as many newpapers in the US are cutting the number of pages devoted to them. John Freeman, President of the National Book Critics Circle talks to Mariella about the critics' concerns.


Kate Lyall Grant from Simon and Schuster and Katy Follain from Penguin reveal the secrets of writing seductive paragraphs for the back of book jackets which will succeed in enticing the casual browser to buy

The Ice Trap – Kitty Sewell
Publisher: Pocket Books

My Life with George: Surviving Life with the King of the Canines – Judith Summers
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (7 August 2007)

Gangs – Ross Kemp
Publisher: Penguin

A Jarful of Angels - Babs Horton
Publisher: Pocket Books (31 May 2007)
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