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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 8th July 2007
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John Harvey

Mariella Frostrup talks to John Harvey, the winner of the 2007 Diamond Dagger Award for sustained excellence in crime writing.
John Harvey
John Harvey, the creator of detectives Charlie Resnick, Frank Elder and now a new police team Will Grayson and Helen Walker, talks to Mariella about giving a policeman a convincing work-life balance, why he always returns to Nottingham in his fiction and what recognition from his peers means to him.

Gone to Ground- John Harvey
Publisher: William Heinemann

Ash and Bone- John Harvey
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd

Lonely Hearts- John Harvey
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd

Rough Treatment- John Harvey
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd

Online publishing
Authors Simon Spurrier and Julian Gough have both chosen to publish their books online, before making them available in the more conventional paper form. They're joined by publisher Piers Blofeld to discuss why they all believe the internet is going to change the face of publishing.

Jude Level 1- Julian Gough
Publisher: Old Street

Contract- Simon Spurrier
Publisher: Headline

Parent-writing partnerships
When journalist and novelist James Long decided to write a history book he asked his son, Ben, to help him write it. He talks about how their writing partnership worked along with mother-daughter writing teams PJ and Traci Lambrecht, who write thrillers under the name PJ Tracy and Louisa and Isabel Young who write as Zizou Corder.

Plot Against Pepys - James and Ben Long
Publisher- Faber and Faber

Snow Blind- PJ Tracy
Publisher: Putnam

Dead Run- PJ Tracy
Publisher: Penguin books

Lionboy - Zizou Corder
Publisher: Puffin Books

Lionboy: The Chase - Zizou Corder
Publisher: Puffin Books

Lionboy: The Truth - Zizou Corder
Publisher: Puffin Books

H Rider Haggard
Two new editions of Rider Haggard's 1885 adventure story King Solomon's Mines come out this year. Mariella talks to huge Rider Haggard fan, novelist Kate Mosse.

King Solomon's Mines - H Rider Haggard
Publisher: Headline
Penguin edition comes out later this year.
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