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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 19th August 2007
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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Novelist Christopher Hope celebrates the work of Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad

South African novelist Christopher Hope joins Mariella to celebrate the work of Joseph Conrad, whose classic novels include Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, who was born 150 years ago.

The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad – John Stape
Publisher: William Heinemann

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin Classics

The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Heaven Forbid – Christopher Hope
Publisher: Picador

My Mother’s Lovers: A Novel – Christopher Hope
Publisher: Atlantic Books

Nicholas Shakespeare

Nicholas Shakespeare's latest novel, Secrets of the Sea, is the portrait of a marriage. Alex and Merridy live in a claustrophobic small town in Tasmania where their lives are haunted by past bereavements, and by the absence of a child.

Secrets of the Sea – Nicholas Shakespeare
Publisher: Harvill Secker

In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the World – Nicholas Shakespeare
Publisher: Vintage

Snowleg – Nicholas Shakespeare
Publisher: Vintage

Bruce Chatwin – Nicholas Shakespeare
Publisher: Vintage

Scottish crime post-Rebus

Tony Black discusses the new kids on Scotland's fictional detective block who might fill the shoes of Inspector Rebus, as he faces retirement in Ian Rankin's twentieth Rebus novel, due out in September.

Absolution – Caro Ramsay
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd

Hard Man – Allan Guthrie
Publisher: Polygon

Go to Helena in a Handbasket – Donna Moore

Donkey Punch – Ray Banks
Publisher: Polygon

Biographers working with the family

Biographers Peter Stanford, Jane Ridley and Adam Sisman discuss the benefits - and disadvantages - of having the co-operation of the subject's family when writing a biography.

C Day-Lewis – Peter Stanford
Publisher: Continuum

Edwin Lutyens: His Life,
His Wife, His Work – Jane Ridley
Publisher: Pimlico

The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge – Adam Sisman
Publisher: Harper Collins

A.J.P. Taylor: A Biography – Adam Sisman
Publisher: Mandarin

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