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.
15 March and 19 March 2009
Marcel Theroux imagines a world left uninhabitable by global warming.
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 email@example.com
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.