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Alex Clark speaks to Elizabeth Wetmore about her book Valentine
Charlotte Wood, Travel Writing, Narrative Voice
Elizabeth Day talks to the Australian writer Charlotte Wood about her novel The Weekend.
Elizabeth Day talks to Eley Williams about her new book, The Liar's Dictionary.
Kate Grenville, Beryl Bainbridge, Narrative Voices
Sara Collins talks to Kate Grenville about her new novel A Room Made of Leaves.
Carys Davies; Yiyun Li; Chinese writing
Chris Power talks to novelist Carys Davies about her new book The Mission House
The novels of PD James; Akwaeke Emezi
Johny Pitts looks at the life and work of crime novelist PD James.
Sara Collins speaks to author and academic Sarah Moss.
Donal Ryan, Libraries in Fiction, Campus Novels
Sathnam Sanghera talks to Donal Ryan about his novel Strange Flowers.
Rose Tremain; Science in Fiction
Chris Power talks to distinguished novelist Rose Tremain.
Elizabeth Day talks to Martin Amis.
Jennifer Makumbi, New Dutch Writing, Barbara Kingsolver and Wild Swimming in literature
Chris Power talks to Ugandan writer Jennifer Makumbi about her new novel The First Woman.
Armando Iannucci and John Mullan on Dickens; John Lanchester; new Black British writing
Johny Pitts celebrates Charles Dickens with Armando Iannucci and John Mullan.
Hilary Mantel, Lee Child and Andrew Grant, Editor's Pick
Sara Collins talks to Hilary Mantel about her essay collection.
Rumaan Alam, Words and Photography, Bookshop.org
Johny Pitts talks to author Rumaan Alam about Leave The World Behind.
Jonathan Coe, Radical Fairy Tales, Alex Wheatle
Chris Power talks to Jonathan Coe about bringing Billy Wilder to life in his new novel.
Climate Change in Fiction; Carys Bray; Diana McCaulay, Lucy Treloar
Johny Pitts asks how novelists and publishers are responding to environmental crisis.
Jenny Erpenbeck, Margaret Atwood on a classic dystopia, Paintings in fiction
Chris Power talks to Jenny Erpenbeck about her new non-fiction collection, Not A Novel.
Jonathan Lethem; Sylvia Townsend Warner; Edna O'Brien
Chris Power talks to Jonathan Lethem.
The Joy of Dickens
The joy of Dickens: an exploration of his literary inventiveness and use of language.
Reading in 2020
In a year many would rather forget, Sara Collins asks what are the books worth remembering
Bryan Washington, Natalie Haynes, Trauma in fiction with Rebecca Watson and Peter Ho Davies
Chris Power talks to Bryan Washington about his debut novel, Memorial.
Elizabeth Day talks to debut writer Raven Leilani.
Kate Mosse, Books on TV, Writing in prisons
Elizabeth Day talks to Kate Mosse about her new book The City of Tears.
Richard Flanagan; How To Read Well; Editor's Tip
Johny Pitts talks to Booker Prize winning novelist Richard Flanagan.
Ethan Hawke and Francis Spufford
Elizabeth Day talks to actor Ethan Hawke about his new novel.
Caleb Azumah Nelson, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Black Britain: Writing Back
Johny Pitts talks to Caleb Azumah Nelson about Open Water, his hotly anticipated debut.
Elizabeth Day talks to Mary Lawson
Viet Thanh Nguyen; Lanark at 40; Costume and Power
Elizabeth Day talks to Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen about The Committed
Fiona Mozley, Jane Smiley, American working class novels with Jess Walter and Kristin Hannah
Elizabeth Day talks to Fiona Mozley about her second novel, Hot Stew.
Claire Fuller & Karla Neblett; Elizabeth Bowen; Katherine Heiny
Claire Fuller and Karla Neblett discuss their novels Unsettled Ground and King of Rabbits.
Spring Special: Bookshops Reopen, Naomi Ishiguro, Clearing out books
Johny Pitts visits his local bookshop and talks to Naomi Ishiguro about her debut novel.
Chris Power; Online Dating in Fiction; Postcard from Delhi
Chris Power talks about A Lonely Man
Jon McGregor; Chester Himes; Editors Tip
Johny Pitts talks to Jon McGregor about Lean Fall Stand.
Jhumpa Lahiri talks to Elizabeth Day.
Hollie McNish, Modern American Short Stories, Twins
Hollie McNish talks about her new book Slug and other things I've been told to hate.
New Irish Writing, Book Dedications, Mary Gaitskill on Madame Bovary
Elizabeth Day talks to Lisa McInerney and Lucy Caldwell
Tech startups in fiction; Editor's Tip; sensitivity reading.
Tech startups, and representing deafness in fiction.
Jonathan Lee, Reinvention novels with Natasha Brown and Anna Glendenning, Computer Games & fiction
Chris Power speaks to Jonathan Lee about his new novel, The Great Mistake
Zakiya Dalila Harris
Elizabeth Day talks to Zakiya Dalila Harris about her debut novel, The Other Black Girl.
Elizabeth Day speaks to Damon Galgut about his Booker shortlisted novel, The Promise.
Japanese fiction; Vendela Vida
As the Tokyo Olympics approach, a look at some of the best novels coming out of Japan.
Miranda Cowley Heller and Summer reading round up
Chris Power speaks to Miranda Cowley Heller about her debut The Paper Palace.
Elizabeth Day talks to Anuk Arudpragasam about Booker-longlisted novel A Passage North
Jean Hanff Korelitz, Georgette Heyer, Marilynne Robinson
Chris Power talks to Jean Hanff Korelitz about her new book The Plot
Leïla Slimani, Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work 20 years on with Kate Mosse and Laura Dockrill, Richard Beard
Chris Power speaks to Leïla Slimani about her new book, The Country of Others.
David Grossman, Richard Beard, The Sea Library
Johny Pitts talks to David Grossman.
Making it new? Literature of the Twenties Special
Johny Pitts explores the 20s with Alison MacLeod, Bill Goldstein, James Clammer & Jo Hamya
Elizabeth Day talks to Colson Whitehead in a feature length interview about Harlem Shuffle
Malorie Blackman talks to Johny Pitts about Endgame
Rabih Alameddine, English PEN at 100 with Philippe Sands and Elif Shafak, Editors' Pick
Johny Pitts speaks to Rabih Alameddine about his new novel, The Wrong End of the Telescope
Jonathan Franzen, Amitav Ghosh, Nina Mingya Powles
Jonathan Franzen talks to Elizabeth Day about his novel Crossroads.
Johny Pitts speaks to Lauren Groff.
Elizabeth Day talks to Sarah Hall about her latest novel, Burntcoat.
Friendship in Fiction: a special programme from London Literature Festival
Elizabeth and Johny present a special programme from LLF on literary friendship.
The diaries of Patricia Highsmith; Contemporary views of the American West
Chris Power talks to Stella Duffy and Anna Von Planta about Patricia Highsmith's diaries
Teaching teenagers with J J Bola; cutting the environmental footprint of books
JJ Bola speaks to Johny Pitts about his new novel, The Selfless Act of Breathing.
Love, relationships, and road trips with Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout talks to Elizabeth Day about her new novel, Oh William!
Behind locked doors with Claire Keegan; Alan Cumming's book he would never lend
Claire Keegan talks to Chris Power about her new book, Small Things Like These.
Twelve days of Christmas with Laura Barnett, A literary postcard from Moscow; Best of 2021's non-fiction
Laura Barnett on her novel Gifts, and recommended non-fiction books of 2021.
Open Book's highlights for 2021
Elizabeth Day and Johny Pitts look back at the highlights of their first year at the helm.
Life in a parallel New York with Hanya Yanagihara: Book highlights for Spring 2022
Hanya Yanagihara speaks to Chris Power about her new book, To Paradise.
Open Book's guide to Ulysses
A guide to reading James Joyce's Ulysses from those who understand it best
Free Love, Richard Beard on Time, Bookshops as Social Spaces
Elizabeth Day speaks to Tessa Hadley about her new novel, Free Love.
Gary Shteyngart's tragicomedy set in lockdown; A new collection exploring South Asian identity
Johny Pitts speaks to author Gary Shteyngart about his new novel, Our Country Friends.
The ‘new boom’ of feminist Spanish-language literature
We meet the new wave of Spanish and Latin American writers who are breaking with the past.
A love story from Trinidad; Toni Morrison's only short story
Ayanna Lloyd Banwo talks to Johny Pitts about her debut novel, When We Were Birds
The Power of Language: Audrey Magee, short stories from Afghanistan and India
Elizabeth Day talks to Audrey Magee about her latest novel The Colony.
A life in books with Marlon James
Elizabeth Day talks to Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James.
Karen Joy Fowler on the infamous Booth family, Michel the Giant, Lisa Taddeo on Fever Dream
Johny Pitts talks to Karen Joy Fowler about the infamous Booth family
Here Again Now, Readers guide to Gogol, Lessons in Chemistry
Elizabeth Day talks to Okechukwu Nzelu about his novel Here Again Now.
Belfast in the Blitz
Two historic novels about Belfast, literary spinsters, and dissident Russian writers.
Forbidden love with Douglas Stuart; Oxford’s influence on interwar writers
Elizabeth Day talks to Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart about his new novel, Young Mungo
Julian Barnes; How Words Get Good; Bangkok Postcard
Julian Barnes talks to Elizabeth Day about his new novel Elizabeth Finch.
About A Son; Book Banning; The Water Statues
David Whitehouse on his creative non-fiction work About a Son.
Johny Pitts and guests discuss neurodiversity in contemporary fiction.
Atticus Lish, Jean Rhys, Maggie Shipstead
Chris Power talks to Atticus Lish about his new novel The War for Gloria.
Johny Pitts talks to Benjamin Myers about his new book, The Perfect Golden Circle.
Johny Pitts speaks to Elif Batuman about her new novel, Either/Or
Time and Time Travel with Emily St. John Mandel, Carlo Rovelli and Audrey Niffenegger
Johny Pitts discusses time with three writers who have explored it in very different ways.
Revisiting the 1990s
Chris Power explores fiction set in the 1990s.