Programme Index

Discover 10,003,635 listings and 227,732 playable programmes from the BBC

Open Book

John Boyne, Mrs Gaskell revisited, Mutism in fiction

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Boyne talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new novel A Ladder to the Sky, a satirical look at the literary world.

What does Mrs Gaskell mean to young women today? Nell Stevens, author of a new book called Mrs Gaskell and Me, and Georgia Thurston, who is writing her PHD on Gaskell, explain.

Novelist Catherine Chanter explores the ways that mute characters can speak volumes in fiction.

And in our Reading Clinic, Peter F. Hamilton recommends six novels to help a listener learn about the science fiction genre. Show less


Interviewed Guest:
John Boyne
Interviewed Guest:
Nell Stevens
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Chanter
Interviewed Guest:
Peter F Hamilton

About this data

This data is drawn from the data stream that informs BBC's iPlayer and Sounds. The information shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was/is subject to change and may not be accurate. More