Main content

Will Self on Burroughs, Bluebeard, and Science Fiction Reading Clinic

Mariella Frostrup talks to Will Self about the work of William Burroughs, as a previously unpublished novel by the American writer appears in print for the first time.

Self on Burroughs
Will Self joins Mariella to discuss the work of William Burroughs. As Burroughs's earliest work of fiction appears in print for the first time, they talk about the American writer's take on addiction, society and experimental writing.

Bluebeard
Matthew D'Ancona's novel Nothing To Fear, published this week, is a retelling of Charles Perrault's fairy tale Bluebeard, whose eponymous protagonist is one of the most sinister figures in literature. Other writers to have tackled the story include Angela Carter and Kurt Vonnegut. As Carter's translation of Perrault is republished, Open Book talks to Matthew D'Ancona and to the fairy tale expert Jack Zipes about the enduring appeal of the terrifying Bluebeard.

The Reading Clinic
Mariella is joined by the science fiction writer Adam Roberts to offer advice to a listener looking for books which can help suggest the future of our planet in a hundred years' time.

Available now

30 minutes

Broadcasts

This Week's Book List

This Week's Book List

Read along with us - a list of books discussed in each programme

Podcast: Books To Live By… with Mariella Frostrup

Podcast: Books To Live By… with Mariella Frostrup

Uncovering surprising stories as beloved personalities talk Mariella through their books.

Books website

Books website

Get closer to books with in-depth articles, quizzes and our picks from radio & TV.

Close Reads

Close Reads

A collection of insights into what make great texts work