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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.

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28 minutes


  • Petina Gappah

    Duration: 08:22

  • Seven Stories Exhibition

    Duration: 06:09

  • Food in Literature

    Duration: 07:16

  • Duels in Literature

    Duration: 05:25

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


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