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.
09 March 2008
Justine Picardie on Daphne du Maurier and the forgotten Bronte; the fake Holocaust memoir; and interactive novels.
Mariella Frostrup talks to Justine Picardie about her obsession with Daphne du Maurier. Picardie’s new novel Daphne is a fictional depiction of a period in the writer’s life when she was pursuing her interest in Branwell Bronte, the less well-known brother of Charlotte and Emily Bronte. Justine Picardie tells Mariella how she found her own life reflecting Daphne du Maurier’s literary quest.
Daphne: Justine Picardie
As a bestselling Holocaust memoir is found to be a fake, Mariella is joined by the journalist Blake Eskin to discuss the case, and look at the parallels with a similar book that was discredited a decade ago.
A Life in Pieces: Blake Eskin
Publisher: Aurum Press
Surviving With Wolves: Misha Defonseca:
Two recent novels allow the reader to choose what happens next. Emma Campbell Webster, author of Being Elizabeth Bennet, explains why she felt Pride and Prejudice had to go interactive; and Heather McElhatton talks about her fiction debut Pretty Little Mistakes, a book with one beginning but 150 endings.
Being Elizabeth Bennet: Emma Campbell Webster
Pretty Little Mistakes: Heather McElhatton
Reading and the Brain
Mariella is joined by the cognitive scientist Maryanne Wolf, the author of a new study of reading and the brain, to discuss the evolution of the written word, and how our brains have adapted to cope with it.
Proust and the Squid: Maryanne Wolf
Publisher: Icon Books