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Time Travellers

Smoke and mirrors

Duration: 16 minutes

Available for over a year

People, and elephants, are not always what they seem: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough has a gallery of figures from history who, not always knowingly, managed to dupe others.

Open Book

Ryan Gattis on All Involved

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Ryan Gattis talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new novel All Involved, and Dr Sarah Dillon dissects Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, plus news from Kuwait and hen night novels. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Gattis
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon
Interviewed Guest:
Viv Groskop

Open Book

Open Book: Why We Read

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup and guests discuss why people read and the pleasure that this strange and solitary activity has given millions. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
John Mullan
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest:
Damian Barr
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Devlin
Interviewed Guest:
Clive James
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Janice YK Lee

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 bestselling author Janice YK Lee, and Dr Sarah Dillon explores the comic genius of Stella Gibbons in Cold Comfort Farm. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Janice YK Lee
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Javier Marias on Thus Bad Begins

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 award-winning Spanish novelist Javier Marias, whose latest book, Thus Bad Begins, is an intimate portrait of a marriage. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Javier Marias
Interviewed Guest:
Tash Aw
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Abani
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Being a Man: David Szalay and Ted Hodgkinson

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 award-winning writer David Szalay about All That Man Is, his new collection which explores what it is to be a man in the 21st century. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Szalay
Interviewed Guest:
Ted Hodgkinson
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon
Interviewed Guest:
John Mullan

Open Book

Annie Proulx; Close Reading: Beloved by Toni Morrison; Graham Greene's The Third Man

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 Annie Proulx about her new novel, Barkskins, an epic work that spans over 300 years. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Annie Proulx
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Graham Norton, Close reading Henry James, Michelle Paver on the Himalayas

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 Graham Norton about his debut novel, Holding. Michelle Paver and Robert Twigger discuss how the awe-inspiring Himalayas inspired both of their new books. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Graham Norton
Interviewed Guest:
Michelle Paver
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Twigger
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Anne Tyler on her new novel A Spool of Blue Thread

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Anne Tyler on her new novel A Spool of Blue Thread, Elizabeth Harrower on publishing again after four decades and a close reading of Muriel Spark's manipulative Miss Jean Brodie. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Anne Tyler
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Harrower
Interviewed Guest:
Eimear McBride
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

Open Book

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on her novel Dust

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup is joined by author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, who discusses her acclaimed debut novel Dust. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Beard
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon

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 FM

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

Free Thinking

Muriel Spark, Digital Life, Diversity in British Poetry

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter is joined by New Generation Thinkers. With Laurence Scott on digital living, Sarah Dillon on Muriel Spark and Sandeep Parmar on diversity in modern British poetry. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon
Interviewed Guest:
Sandeep Parmar

Free Thinking

Hay Festival 2017: Writing history with Sebastian Barry, Jake Arnott, Madeleine Thien

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sarah Dillon chairs a discussion from 2017's Hay Festival in which three authors of historical novels explore the way research and family history have informed their fiction. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Sarah Dillon
Interviewed Guest:
Sebastian Barry
Interviewed Guest:
Jake Arnott
Interviewed Guest:
Madeleine Thien
Producer:
Zahid Warley