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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 February and 19 February 2009
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Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah joins Mariella to talk about her transition from poet to crime writer.
Sophie Hannah

Mariella Frostrup talks to the award-winning poet Sophie Hannah, who explains why two years ago she turned to crime.

Now the writer of four bestselling detective novels, she talks about this surprising change of direction, and about the upcoming dramatisation of the books.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

This month two American writers publish novels based on the events surrounding the death of Charles Dickens, and his incomplete final work The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Matthew Pearl and Dan Simmons explain their fascination with this unfinished mystery story.

The single-paragraph novel

Richard Milward, whose second novel Ten Storey Love Song unfolds in a single unbroken paragraph, and the editor of Granta, Alex Clark, join Mariella to discuss the ways in which a book’s contents are influenced by its appearance on the page.
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