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Nov 19, 2018
Barbara Kingsolver, Northern Irish writing, India’s gay fiction
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Nov 18, 2018
Barbara Kingsolver discusses her new novel Unsheltered with Mariella Frostrup.
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Nov 13, 2018
Harriett Gilbert is joined by authors Kamila Shamsie and Jeffrey Archer
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Nov 11, 2018
Exploring literary responses to the Great War in the immediate aftermath of the Armistice. The University of Leicester's Victoria Stewart, and biographer Jean Moorcroft Wilson, discuss the ways that fiction reflected the horror of war in the decade after 1918. Novelist Richard T. Kelly considers the pitfalls of including real people in works of fiction. Bestselling novelist Maria Dahvana Headley explains why Beowulf felt like the appropriate framework through which to explore race, class and violence in contemporary America. And Managing Director of Waterstones James Daunt helps Open Book to launch a new series looking at the challenges of making bookselling pay.
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Nov 06, 2018
Katie Derham and Matt Haig talk about their favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.
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Oct 30, 2018
Harriett Gilbert talks favourite books with guests, comedians Sindhu Vee and Phil Wang.
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Oct 28, 2018
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah on his short story debut, Friday Black and Minette Walters
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Oct 23, 2018
Actor and comedian Liz Carr and Kate Williams select a favourite read
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Oct 21, 2018
Liane Moriarty, best-selling author of Big Little Lies, discusses her latest novel.
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Oct 16, 2018
Comedian and actor Ben Miller and writer Danny Wallace choose their favourite books.
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Oct 14, 2018
Colombian novelist Hector Abad joins Mariella Frostrup to discuss ideas of inheritance and escape in his new family saga The Farm. And Laura Purcell reflects on what soaring horror fiction sales can tell us about contemporary anxieties.
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Oct 09, 2018
Grace Dent and Sian Harries talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books.
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Oct 02, 2018
Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books with the writers Nikesh Shukla and Leone Ross. Nikesh's choice is Amateur; a real-life account of testing one’s masculinity in the boxing ring by Thomas Page McBee. Leone's is Cane, the largely forgotten African-American classic by Jean Toomer and Harriett's is a divisive modern classic, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. Producer: Eliza Lomas
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Sep 30, 2018
Open Book celebrates 20 years with Mariella Frostrup in front of a live audience.
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Sep 25, 2018
Gail Jones, revisiting iconic literary detectives and crime fiction of the 1930's.
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Sep 23, 2018
Australian author Gail Jones discusses her new book The Death of Noah Glass
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Sep 16, 2018
Lavinia Greenlaw on her new book In the City of Love's Dreams and Venezuelan literature.
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Sep 09, 2018
John Boyne on his new novel, and ode to Mrs Gaskell and six of the best Sci Fi novels.
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Aug 28, 2018
Open Book on the majesty of trees with Richard Powers, Melissa Harrison and Jessica J Lee
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Aug 19, 2018
A special edition exploring book criticism and asking whether using critical tools can make us better readers. Mariella Frostrup is joined on stage at the Edinburgh International Book Festival by critic Alan Taylor, book podcast host Books&Rhymes, novelists Kaite Welsh and Sarah Moss, and Sarah Dillon from Cambridge University to explore the current state of book reviewing, the explosion of conversations about books online and on social media, the role of the professional reviewer and whether we can all learn useful critical tools to help us read well, and enrich our reading experience.
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Aug 13, 2018
Claire Fuller discusses her new novel, Bitter Orange and Neil Gaiman on Hope Mirrlees
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Aug 03, 2018

Compiled by our expert booksellers, our starter guide to the best graphic novels has everything newcomers to the genre need to get started.

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Aug 02, 2018
Daisy Johnson, The literary appeal of the Fens, Book festival etiquette
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Aug 02, 2018
Mariella Frostrup and guests consider what makes them such popular fictional locations.
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Jul 24, 2018
Actor Anne-Marie Duff and author Louise O'Neill join Harriett Gilbert for a discussion about favourite books. Anne-Marie Duff has starred in films including On Chesil Beach, Sufragette and Elizabeth I, and on TV in Shameless and From Darkness. Louise O'Neill's prize-winning novels include Only Ever Yours and Asking for It, and her latest book is a feminist take on The Little Mermaid called The Surface Breaks. Anne-Marie chooses Nights At The Circus, the classic feminist novel by Angela Carter (Vintage), Louise puts forward a memoir about seventeen brushes with death by Irish author Maggie O'Farrell; I Am I Am I Am (Tinder Press), and Harriett recommends Conversations With Friends (Faber), a critically-acclaimed debut novel by another Irish author, Sally Rooney. Producer: Eliza Lomas
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