Sunday 16:00-16:30, repeated Thursday 16:00-16:30, except first Sunday in the month when it is replaced by Book Club.
Open Book spotlights new fiction and non-fiction, picks out the best of the paperbacks, talks to authors and publishers, and unearths lost masterpieces.
Sunday 26 March 2006
Deborah Moggach on Arnold Bennett, a new literary prize for 'blooks' and why some novelists choose to hide behind a pseudonym.
Continuing our series on re-reading, novelist Deborah Moggach, who has just adapted Pride and Prejudice for the big screen, tells Mariella Frostrup why she goes back to Arnold Bennett's The Old Wives' Tale and Richmal Crompton's William books. Email or write to us with the books you like to read time and time again.
The Old Wives' Tale - Arnold Bennett
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Michael Fishwick is a publisher by day and a novelist by night. He talks to Mariella Frostrup about his second book Sacrifices, the story of a domineering headmaster told through the eyes of his family and colleagues.
Sacrifices - Michael Fishwick
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Smashing People - Michael Fishwick
The Blooker Prize
The publishing website lulu.com has started a new prize for 'blooks' - books which are based on internet blogs. Stephen Fraser from lulu explains all.
Egg, Bacon, Chips and Beans: 50 Great Cafes and the Stuff That Makes Them Great - Russell Davies
Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
Belle De Jour: Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl - Anonymous
Publisher: Phoenix mass market p/bk
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - Julie Powell
Publisher: Fig Tree
The art of the pseudonym
The journalist Jonathan Freedland has published his first novel, a thriller, under the pseudonym Sam Bourne. He and author Jenny Haddon, who writes romances under the name Sophie Weston and chairs the Romantic Novelists Association, are joined by Professor John Sutherland to discuss the art of the pen name.
The Righteous Men - Sam Bourne
In the Arms of the Sheikh - Sophie Weston
Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon Ltd (Large Print Books)
The Cinderella Factor - Sophie Weston
Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - B Traven
Publisher: Prion Books Ltd