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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
15 June 2008
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Damon Galgut, author of The Impostor, joins Mariella to talk about about the lie of childhood friendships.
Damon Galgut
The Booker short-listed author Damon Galgut joins Mariella to discuss the state of his home nation, South Africa, and his new novel. The Impostor concerns two childhood friends reunited later in life, and deals with the wider themes of the social and racial tensions in modern South Africa.

The Impostor - Damon Galgut
Publisher: Atlantic

Small Circle of Beings - Damon Galgut
Publisher: Atlantic

The Beautiful Screaming Of Pigs - Damon Galgut
Publisher: Atlantic

Rewriting for the American market
Elizabeth Garner, who won the Betty Trask Award for her first novel Nightdancing, has been asked by her publisher to re-write her recent book, The Ingenious Edgar Jones, for the American market. To discuss the differing requirements of readers in the U.S. and Britain, Elizabeth Garner and Erica Wagner, literary editor of The Times, come into the studio.

Nightdancing - Elizabeth Garner
Publisher: Headline

The Ingenious Edgar Jones - Elizabeth Garner
Publisher: Headline

The Bloomsday Dead
Discerning readers may recognise the opening lines and structure of Adrian McKinty's new book. That's because his gangster thriller, set in Ireland and Peru, is inspired by the day-long action of James Joyce;s masterpiece Ulysses. Adrian McKinty and Irish writer Fintan O'Toole discuss Joyce, Bloomsday, and revisiting old classics.

The Bloomsday Dead - Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Serpent's Tail

Hidden River – Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail

The Dead Yard – Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail

Dead I May Well Be – Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail

Ulysses - James Joyce
Publisher: Penguin
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