Open Book Neglected Classics


There's nothing that Open Book likes more than browsing and discovering the forgotten treasures of the literary world - books that have been overlooked or become inexplicably out of vogue.

With Neglected Classics we dug out some of the lost works and forgotten authors of the world of literature.

Ten of our best known authors nominated the books that they felt most deserved to be re-read and reinstated onto our bookshelves.

Radio 4 listeners voted for the winnner which will be dramatised on Radio 4 in 2010.


  1. Programme One: Sunday 18 October 2009
  2. William Boyd
    The Polyglots by William Gerhardie
  3. Susan Hill
    The Rector's Daughter by F M Mayor
  4. Hari Kunzru
    A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
  5. Ruth Rendell
    Many Dimensions by Charles Williams
  6. Colm Toibin
    Esther Waters by George Moore
  1. Programme Two: Sunday 25 October 2009
  2. Beryl Bainbridge
    The Quest for Corvo by A J A Symons
  3. Howard Jacobson
    Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
  4. Val McDermid
    Carol by Patricia Highsmith
  5. Michael Morpurgo
    The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
  6. Joanna Trollope
    Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope

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