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Daisy Johnson discusses her debut novel Everything Under
Alex Clark talks to Richard Powers about his new novel, The Overstory.
Kamila Shamsie on her novel, Home Fire, a reworking of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone
Mariella Frostrup talks to celebrated author Allan Ahlberg, creator of The Jolly Postman.
Gail Honeyman talks about her first novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
Mariella Frostrup talks to writer Jon McGregor
Baileys prize-winner Lisa McInerney talks about her second novel, The Blood Miracles.
Pulitzer-winning Jennifer Egan on her new novel Manhattan Beach.
Mariella Frostrup considers the enduring power and relevance of Greek myths.
From page-turner to page turn-off. What are your literary pet peeves?
Mariella Frostrup talks to Helen Dunmore.
As Paula shares her five best writing tips with Open Book’s Mariella Frostrup.
Helen Dunmore on why she wrote about a mother-daughter relationship in Birdcage Walk.
Get closer to books with in-depth articles, quizzes and our picks from radio & TV.
Professor Guiliana Piera describes how modern Italian crime writing goes beyond the Mafia
Diane Roberts on Lee's place in the literary traditions of the south, from July 2015
Featuring authors Shirley Barrett and Ian McGuire
Mariella Frostrup talks to Dr Joseph Devlin about the psychology of reading
A collection of insights into what make great texts work
Writers discuss the joys and challenges of reading their own works as audiobooks
Edward Docx on Jane Austen's talent for narrating numerous characters at once
An extended interview with Julian Barnes on his new book, The Only Story
Scotland's first minister on her Saturday night reading habit
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