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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.
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21 December and 25 December 2008
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Nigella Lawson by James Merrell

Nigella Lawson chooses her Five of the Best 
Nigella Lawson's Five of the Best

Nigella Lawson is best known today as an advocate of indulgent eating and as TV's domestic goddess, but she began her career as a literary journalist. She revisits her professional origins, joining Mariella to choose her five favourite books and revealing the unexpected link between reading and eating.

You can find details of Nigella's Five of the Best here.


Aravind Adiga and first novels

Mariella talks to Aravind Adiga, whose first novel The White Tiger won this year's Man Booker Prize. Also in the studio are the author of another notable 2008 debut, Sadie Jones, and Suzi Feay of the Independent on Sunday, to discuss what it means to make a splash with your first book. And Martin Amis reflects on the success of his debut The Rachel Papers, published to great acclaim in 1974.

Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger is published by Atlantic

Sadie Jones: The Outcast is published by Vintage
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