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Open Book

Sebastian Barry; Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman; Helen Dunmore on Louis MacNeice; literary news from Sri Lanka

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

News and features from the world of books, presented by Mariella Frostrup. Sebastian Barry on his new novel Days Without End. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Margaret Atwood
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest:
Sebastian Barry
Producer:
Kirsten Locke

Open Book

Brit Bennett, Emma Chichester Clark, Sir Quentin Blake

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella talks to Sir Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark about their collaboration Three Little Monkeys as part of #lovetoread. Brit Bennett discusses her debut The Mothers. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Quentin Blake
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Chichester Clark

Open Book

Margaret Drabble, Louis de Bernieres, Literary prizes, Wyl Menmuir on fictional islands

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Margaret Drabble about her new novel The Dark Flood Rises. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Margaret Drabble
Interviewed Guest:
Wyl Menmuir
Interviewed Guest:
Louis de Bernieres

Open Book

David Grossman and Steve McCurry

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Israeli novelist David Grossman about his new book, A Horse Walks into a Bar, which is set during one evening in a stand-up comedy club. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Grossman
Interviewed Guest:
Steve McCurry

Open Book

Writers Helen Garner and Charlotte Wood, Authors' manuscripts, Chris Cleave, The history of audio books

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Two great Australian writers, Helen Garner and Charlotte Wood, talk about their writing process, their latest books and combining writing fact with fiction. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Wood
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Garner

Open Book

Henrietta Rose-Innes, Literary heroes, Shusaku Endo and silence

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

South African writer Henrietta Rose-Innes talks to Mariella Frostrup about her novel Nineveh, the story of a humane pest controller. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Henrietta Rose-Innes
Interviewed Guest:
Terry Waite

Open Book

A look back at the year and the work of Shirley Jackson

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup looks at the life and work of Shirley Jackson with her biographer, Ruth Franklin, and literary fan Andrew Michael Hurley. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ruth Franklin
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hurley
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Nadeem Aslam

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Nadeem Aslam about his new book The Golden Legend, a timely look at religious intolerance in contemporary Pakistan. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Nadeem Aslam
Interviewed Guest:
Richard T Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Winston
Interviewed Guest:
Janne Teller

Open Book

Tessa Hadley, Female friendships, The Russian Revolution

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Tessa Hadley's new stories; Kitty Aldridge and Esther Freud's creative partnership; how writers explore the bonds between women; and the literature of the Russian Revolution. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Tessa Hadley
Interviewed Guest:
Kitty Aldridge
Interviewed Guest:
Esther Freud
Interviewed Guest:
Camilla Way

Open Book

Yaa Gyasi

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Presented by Mariella Frostrup. Author Yaa Gyasi talks to Mariella about her debut novel Homegoing, a tale of two sisters with strikingly different destinies. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Yaa Gyasi
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy

Open Book

12/02/2017

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Joanna Trollope talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel City of Friends, which explores working life through the lens of four highly successful career women. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Trollope

Open Book

Age gap relationships; Dorthe Nors

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Alex Clark talks to Karl Geary and Gwendoline Riley, who have both written about a love affair across the generations in their new books, and to Danish writer Dorte Nors. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Karl Geary
Interviewed Guest:
Gwendoline Riley
Interviewed Guest:
Dorthe Nors
Interviewed Guest:
Nadiya Hussain
Interviewed Guest:
undefined Sjon

Open Book

Mohsin Hamid, North Korean short stories

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to acclaimed novelist Mohsin Hamid, whose new book, Exit West, takes on hugely urgent themes of migration and the refugee crisis. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mohsin Hamid
Interviewed Guest:
Max Porter

Open Book

Helen Dunmore

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Helen Dunmore about her new novel Birdcage Walk where a radical young woman finds herself at odds with her ambitious husband. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Helen Dunmore

Open Book

George Saunders, Kathleen Collins

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to the American poet and essayist George Saunders about his long-awaited first novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
George Saunders

Open Book

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Literary magazine programme, presented by Mariella Frostrup. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Alison MacLeod
Interviewed Guest:
Ra Page
Interviewed Guest:
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Interviewed Guest:
Elan Mastai

Open Book

Jon McGregor

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to writer Jon McGregor about his new book, learns about WH Auden in Scotland and discusses the novel behind the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jon McGregor
Interviewed Guest:
Polly Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Alexander McCall Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Wendy Holden