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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 14 October 2007
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Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland, who talks about McJobs and a stationery emporium.
Douglas Coupland
The man who coined the term Generation X to describe the lives of ambitionless, pop culture obsessed young adults joins Mariella to talk about his new book, The Gum Thief. What prompted him to set his novel in a stationery store?

The Gum Thief – Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Bloomsbury

JPod – Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Miss Wyoming – Douglas Coupland
Publisher: HarperPerennial

Microserfs – Douglas Coupland
Publisher: HarperPerennial

Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
Publisher: HarperPerennial

John Cowper Powys
The novelist John Cowper Powys has been described as a genius, yet few of his books are in print. A N Wilson, who wrote a foreword for Powys’s Wolf Solent, explains why these books should not be overlooked.
Wolf Solent – John Cowper Powys
Publisher: Penguin

A Glastonbury Romance – John Cowper Powys
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth and Co

Maiden Castle – John Cowper Powys
Publisher: Gerald Duckworth and Co

Descents of Memory: A Biography of John Cowper Powys – Morine Krissdottir
Publisher: Duckworth and Co

How many volumes?
Do readers avoid books because they are just too long? The Forsyte Saga, traditionally three omnibus editions of three novels each, has been reissued in nine volumes. Mariella is joined by Joel Rickett of the Bookseller, to discuss how publishers can encourage readers to tackle such long works.

The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy
Publisher: Headline

A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
Publisher: Arrow

Lord of the Rings – J R R Tolkien
Publisher: HarperCollins

The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber
Publisher: Canongate

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Martin Bell
Journalist and former MP Martin Bell tells Mariella about his five favourite books.

Scoop – Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: Penguin

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Publisher: Penguin

The Mission Song – John Le Carré
Publisher: Hodder

Collected Poems – Wilfred Owen
Publisher: Chatto and Windus

Corduroy – Adrian Bell
Publisher: Penguin

The Truth That Sticks: New Labour's Breach of Trust - Martin Bell
Publisher: Icon Books
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