Mariella Frostrup talks to writer Will Self about cuts to UK libraries. He explains why he's lending his voice to a campaign to preserve funding for local libraries, but he also examines how a crisis can be turned into an opportunity.
Novelists Joseph O'Connor and Maggie O'Farrell discuss why dead lovers haunt the pages of their books, as well as the back catalogue of English literature.
Plus, have young novelists forgotten how to be funny? Open Book responds to a reader's query for new comic fiction from writers under the age of thirty-five - comedian Robin Ince is on hand to offer guidance.
Producer: Aasiya Lodhi.