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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
11 May 2008
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John Burnside

On Open Book this week: John Burnside on his dark new novel; a brief history of the office novel; and America's top book jacket designer.
John Burnside

Mariella talks to a writer who has achieved equal success with his poetry and his dark novels. He talks about his new novel Glister, set in a hellish post-industrial landscape with echoes of Burnside's own childhood, and reveals how a teenage obsession with Russian literature provided escape from an unhappy home life.

John Burnside: Glister is out now in hardback, published by Jonathan Cape.

The Office Novel

Two well-received recent debut novels have looked at the minutiae of office life. Open Book considers the history of the office novel, from Dickens to the present day, with the help of the critics John Sutherland and D J Taylor, and the novelist Ed Park.

Ed Park: Personal Days is out now in paperback, published by Jonathan Cape.

Unusual Book Advertising

Increasingly, publishers are turning to unusual marketing strategies to get their books noticed. With a gangster novel currently being advertised on beer mats, Mariella is joined by Jo Howard, the Chair of the Book Marketing Society, to discuss some of the more resourceful advertising campaigns.

Chip Kidd

You may not have heard of him, but in the world of book design Chip Kidd is a superstar. He's one of the most successful designers of book jackets. He joins Mariella to talk about his second novel, and explains his approach to book covers and what makes a good one.

Chip Kidd: The Learners is out now in hardback, published by Simon and Schuster.
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