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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
8 February and 12 February 2009
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Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville, author of The Lieutenant.
Kate Grenville
Orange Prize-winning Australian novelist, Kate Grenville talks to Mariella about her new book The Lieutenant.

Set during the initial two years of the first white settlement in Sydney Harbour, the story is based around the contents of a real British soldier’s notebooks.

Kate discusses the art of balancing fiction and real events, and why restrictions can be a huge spur to creativity.

Recession Literature
With the UK now 'officially' in recession and with it showing no signs of abating, Open Book asked novelist and critic D.J. Taylor to reflect upon what a recession might mean for the book world and whether, by looking at recessions past, we should expect forthcoming literature to respond to this time of economic woe.

Reader's Guide to John Updike
Comedian, writer and self-confessed stalker of John Updike, David Baddiel offers his own Reader’s Guide to the late, great author.
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