Petina Gappah, Michael Foreman, Duelling in literature, Food fiction
Mariella Frostrup talks to award-winning Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah about her new novel The Book of Memory, and Michael Foreman tours a new exhibition of his work on Tyneside.
Mariella Frostrup talks to award winning Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah about her new novel The Book of Memory. It tells the story of a young woman on death row, and the events of her life in Zimbabwe which led to her arrest. Gappah explains that despite having lived in Europe for many years, her imagination always returns to Africa.
Open Book goes to the National Centre for Children's books in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to meet childrens author and illustrator Michael Foreman. He talks about the inspiration for his work which came from being a child during the war.
With fiction which centres around food in abundance this summer, bestselling author Joanne Harris and Dr Sarah Moss discuss the history of food in fiction and how its been used as a substitute for sex, money and power.
John Leigh gives Open Book a run down of duelling in literature.
Seven Stories Exhibition
Food in Literature
Duels in Literature
Read the opening chapter of The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Role Contributor Presenter Mariella Frostrup Interviewed Guest Petinah Gappah Interviewed Guest Michael Foreman Interviewed Guest Joanne Harris Interviewed Guest Sarah Moss Interviewer John Leigh