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Saturday Review

Edinburgh Festival special

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Featuring theatre productions Coriolanus and Leaving Planet Earth, new film Elysium, Peter Doig exhibition, and choices from the Fringe. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Schneider
Interviewed Guest:
Gail Tolley
Interviewed Guest:
Penny Hughes
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Ghana Must Go; After Tomorrow

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Taiye Selasi discusses her debut Ghana Must Go, Gillian Cross on After Tomorrow and dystopian futures for children, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the novel behind the famous opera. Show more

Open Book

Sir Walter Scott Special from the Royal Opera House

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup presents a Sir Walter Scott special from the Royal Opera House, with biographer Stuart Kelly, authors Denise Mina and Allan Massie and actor Emun Elliott. Show more

Contributors

Producer:
Andrea Kidd
Interviewed Guest:
Stuart Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest:
Allan Massie

Open Book

Mark Billingham on his latest book The Dying Hours

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mark Billingham talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest book The Dying Hours, plus Thomas Keneally on the book he would never lend and a discussion of reportage in book form. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mark Billingham
Interviewed Guest:
Louisa Waugh
Interviewed Guest:
Anna Badkhen
Interviewed Guest:
Thomas Keneally
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Summer in literature; Rilla Askew on Kind of Kin; David Mitchell

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Rilla Askew talks about her novel Kind of Kin with Mariella Frostrup, summer in literature with Horatio Clare and Justin Cartwright, and David Mitchell on the book he'd never lend. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Rilla Askew
Interviewed Guest:
David Mitchell
Interviewed Guest:
Horatio Clare
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Cartwright
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Alcohol's influence on literature; James Runcie; Grace McCleen

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Grace McCleen about her new novel The Professor of Poetry and, on the centenary of her birth, James Runcie celebrates the life and work of Barbara Pym. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Grace McCleen
Interviewed Guest:
James Runcie
Interviewed Guest:
Kevin Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Olivia Laing
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Jo Nesbo on his new Harry Hole thriller Police

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Jo Nesbo on his new Harry Hole thriller Police, we go in search of buried gems as Mariella Frostrup discusses pirate literature, and Frank Tallis on the book he'd never lend. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jo Nesbo
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Rennie
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Jowitt
Interviewed Guest:
FR Tallis
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Philip Pullman, Jung Chang, Alexander McCall Smith

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Philip Pullman discusses the great Soviet children's classics of the 1920s and 30s, Jung Chang on Empress Dowager Cixi, and Alexander McCall Smith on the book he would never lend. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Philip Pullman
Interviewed Guest:
Jung Chang
Interviewed Guest:
Alexander McCall Smith
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Scott Turow; Paul Bailey and Manda Scot on gay literature; Charlie Hill

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Scott Turow talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new thriller Identical; Paul Bailey and Manda Scott on gay literature; Charlie Hill on fiction that's bad for your health. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Scott Turow
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Lord Peter Wimsey, John Freeman, Kate Mosse

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Books news. Jill Paton Walsh and Sarah Crown talk to Mariella Frostrup about the enduring appeal of Lord Peter Wimsey, plus author Kate Mosse on the book she would never lend. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jill Paton Walsh
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Crown
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Mosse
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Children's Laureate Special

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup presents a Children's Laureate special. Malorie Blackman, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen discuss the role of the Children's Laureate. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Malorie Blackman
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Rosen
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Tobias Hill, Readers' Guide to Stefan Zweig, literary prizes

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Tobias Hill talks to Mariella Frostrup about his novel What Was Promised, and a look at the works of Stefan Zweig, who inspired Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Tobias Hill
Interviewed Guest:
George Prochnik
Interviewed Guest:
Tibor Fischer
Interviewed Guest:
Olivia Laing
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Harlan Coben on his novel Six Years

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Harlan Coben talks about his new thriller novel Six Years, plus a report from the London Book Fair, and Rodge Glass takes a wry literary look at the impact of cheap flights. Show more

Open Book

Tessa Hadley on her novel Clever Girl; Cory Doctorow; and Ian Rankin on the book he would never lend

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup talks to Tessa Hadley about her latest novel Clever Girl, Cory Doctorow discusses literature and future technology, and Ian Rankin on the book he will never lend. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Tessa Hadley
Interviewed Guest:
Cory Doctorow
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Rankin
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Brazilian literary scene; Sathnam Sanghera; Harrogate History Festival

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

With the world looking to Brazil for 2014 football and the 2016 Olympics, Mariella Frostrup explores its vast literary scene. Plus Sathnam Sanghera on his novel Marriage Material. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sathnam Sanghera
Interviewed Guest:
Ana Maria Machado
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Conn Iggulden; Autumn in literature; The best non-fiction

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Conn Iggulden on Stormbird, the first in his new series set during The Wars of the Roses; Horatio Clare and Susie Boyt discuss Autumn in literature; and the best of non-fiction. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Conn Iggulden
Interviewed Guest:
Horatio Clare
Interviewed Guest:
Susie Boyt
Interviewed Guest:
Caroline Sanderson
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Justin Cartwright on his novel Lion Heart; Joe Sacco on his graphic novel of The Great War

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Books news with Mariella Frostrup. Justin Cartwright on his novel Lion Heart, Joe Sacco explains why he portrayed the Great War in pictures, and the rise of the graphic novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Justin Cartwright
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Sacco
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest:
Katie Green
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gravett
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Colum McCann on his novel TransAtlantic; mental health and fiction

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Column McCann on his novel TransAtlantic which explores the relationship between Ireland and the USA, plus mental health and fiction, and more weird things people say in bookshops. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Colum McCann
Interviewed Guest:
Nathan Filer
Interviewed Guest:
Clare Allan
Producer:
Andrea Kidd

Open Book

Louise Doughty on Apple Tree Yard; a new pan-African prize for novelists

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Louise Doughty talks to Mariella Frostrup about her thriller Apple Tree Yard, plus exploring Balkan literature, and news of the first pan-African prize for debut novelists. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Louise Doughty
Producer:
Andrea Kidd
Interviewed Guest:
Ellah Allfrey

Open Book

Denise Mina on The Red Road

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Denise Mina talks to Mariella Frostrup about writers using their jobs as the backdrop to their novels, the WWII heroine Agent Marie, and her latest crime novel The Red Road. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Denise Mina
Producer:
Andrea Kidd