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This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

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    • 4.3, 27 Ratings

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Katherine -Mary ,

9th July 2019 A good read with Dom and Kate

Thank you Harriet, for the consistently wonderful conversations, not only introducing me to gems written in every era and every culture, but also introducing me to so many interesting people.
I need to write to bring a very special book to your notice arising from your discussion of March Violet by Philip Kerr.
I love Le Carre, Raymond Chandler and was given 3 Len Deighton for my birthday, introducing me to Bernard Samson.. all very fine page-turning train reading enjoyment. I was delighted to learn it was the 1st trilogy of a triple trilogy; such a pleasure!!
However, and here’s the diamond. There is a book poised before the dive into the 2nd trilogy called “Winter. The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945”
It holds all the elements you and your guests valued about the Kerr book without narrowing into a channel. The Deighton book brings us to Vienna and Berlin, through each decade of the early 20th century, into the generational story of the Winter family. He writes with grace and insight to enable psychological and historical revelation.
Despite the serious communication to us in the title , we walk through the months and years experiencing the passage of time the way the characters live through time passing and shapes forming... being engrossed in the ordinariness and dramas of immediate living with inability to understand the magnitude of those forces gathering strength.
We would all do well to read this very moving book and reflect .

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