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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 15th July 2007
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Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin, who joins Mariella to talk about his new book, Michael Tolliver Lives.
Armistead Maupin
Armistead Maupin last wrote about Michael Tolliver, one of the ensemble cast of the bestselling Tales of the City books, in 1990, when Michael - or Mouse – was diagnosed HIV positive. Armistead joins Mariella to talk about his new book, Michael Tolliver Lives, and how it felt to return to characters loved by so many readers.

Sure of You – Armistead Maupin
Publisher: Black Swan

Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
Publisher: Black Swan

Michael Tolliver Lives
Publisher: Doubleday

A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Mark Knopfler’s five of the best
Dire Straits musician Mark Knopfler explains how he chose his five favourite books and how they have influenced him.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - Alan Sillitoe
Publisher: HarperPerennial

Post Office - Charles Bukowski
Publisher: Virgin Books

The Passion - Jeanette Winterson
Publisher: Vintage

Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon
Publisher: Vintage

Underworld - Don DeLillo
Publisher: Picador

Do children’s books make good reading for adults?

Are children’s books just for children? Or do they make stimulating and challenging reading for adults as well? Following our discussion about Harry Potter, a number of listeners emailed in on the subject. Michael Rosen and Mariella talk about books that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Odyssey – Homer
Publisher: Penguin

The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling (to be published on 21st July)
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kastner
Publisher: Red Fox
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