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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 March and 19 March 2009
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Marcel Theroux

Marcel Theroux imagines a world left uninhabitable by global warming.
Marcel Theroux

Mariella talks to Marcel Theroux, whose third novel Far North imagines a world in which global warming has rendered much of the planet uninhabitable. He explains how a journey to Siberia made him realise our technological incompetence, and how he was unwittingly influenced by the work of his father Paul Theroux.

Marcel Theroux: Far North is published by Faber.

The Reading Clinic

This week's query comes from a listener who likes furthering her historical education by reading novels. Suzi Feay suggests a few titles likely to prick her interest.

You can find details of Suzi's recommendations here and submit your own Reading Clinic enquiries to open.book@bbc.co.uk

Literary censorship in South Africa

During the era of apartheid, South African writers were subject to scrutiny by a panel of state censors. A new book examines the effect this had on writers such as the Nobel winners J M Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. Mariella talks to the book's author, Peter McDonald, and to the South African-born writer Justin Cartwright.

Peter D McDonald: The Literature Police is published by Oxford University Press.

Next week on Open Book: Maggie Gee talks about her latest novel My Driver; and William Boyd on Raymond Chandler.
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