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

Books and Authors BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 337 Ratings

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

    Open Book - Sarah Perry

    Open Book - Sarah Perry

    Sarah Perry talks to Shahidha Bari about her new novel, Enlightenment

    • 27 min
    Open Book - Hari Kunzru

    Open Book - Hari Kunzru

    Hari Kunzru talks to Shahidha Bari about his new novel, Blue Ruin

    • 27 min
    Open Book - Sunjeev Sahota

    Open Book - Sunjeev Sahota

    Sunjeev Sahota talks to Alex Clark about his new novel, The Spoiled Heart

    • 27 min
    Open Book - Sinéad Gleeson

    Open Book - Sinéad Gleeson

    Sinéad Gleeson is a writer, broadcaster and editor of three anthologies of Irish writing. Her collection of essays, Constellations: Reflections from Life won Non Fiction Book of the Year at the 2019 Irish Book Awards, and now publishes her debut novel, Hagstone.
    Hagstone is set on a remote island of the coast of Ireland, it tells the story of Nell an artist whose work takes inspiration from the landscape and folklore. When she receives an invitation to create a piece of art from the Inions, a reclusive commune of women living sustainably on the island, things begin to unravel. Sinead discusses the precarity of living as an artist, the folklore which infuses Hagstone and dedicating the book to the late activist and artist Sinead O' Connor.
    The Book Makers by Adam Smyth is a celebration of five hundred and fifty years of the printed book, told through the lives of eighteen extraordinary people. The printers and binders, publishers and artists, paper-makers and library founders - who took the book in radical new directions. We hear about the binder who created Shakespeare's First Folio, a 16th century Dutch printer who created bestsellers on Fleet Street and the Cut and Paste Bible sisters who made art from the gospels.
    And Kick the Latch author Kathryn Scanlan discusses her love of Moyra Davey’s Long Life: Cool White, Photographs and Essays.
    Book List – Sunday 21 March
    Hagstone by Sinéad Gleeson
    The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers by Sinéad Gleeson
    The Glass Shore edited by Sinéad Gleeson
    Constellations: Reflections from Life by Sinéad Gleeson
    Kick the Latch by Kathryn Scanlan
    Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey
    The Book Makers by Adam Smyth

    • 27 min
    Open Book - Percival Everett

    Open Book - Percival Everett

    US author Percival Everett talks about his new novel, James - a retelling of Huckleberry Finn, told from the point of view of runaway slave, Jim.
    Plus, writing openly about the challenges of motherhood, and doing so with humour. Shahidha talks to two authors who have done just that, in the short story form: Naomi Wood, winner of the BBC Short Story Award, and author of a new collection, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, and to Helen Simpson who has written stories about motherhood in books such as Motherhood, and Hey Yeah Right Get A Life over 20 years previously.
    Presenter: Shahidha Bari
    Producer: Emma Wallace

    • 27 min
    Open Book - Andrew O'Hagan and Helen Garner

    Open Book - Andrew O'Hagan and Helen Garner

    Alex Clark talks to Andrew O’Hagan about his new book Caledonian Road. Told over the course of a year, Caledonian Road follows art historian and public intellectual Campbell Flynn as a friendship with a young student calls into question the complacency of his much-cherished liberal credentials. With an epic Dickensian cast from drill artists to the wealthy Russian oligarchs in bed with British politicians, the book spools out to encompass a wide canvas of contemporary British life.
    Alex also talks to the Australian writer Helen Garner as three books from her back catalogue have been reissued: The Monkey Grip, chronicling a young mother’s life in bohemian Melbourne in the 1970s; This House of Grief, a true crime story of a murderous father; and her most widely renowned novel, The Children’s Bach, which takes us into the lives of a family turned upside down by the forces of sexual desire and the impulse toward freedom.
    And, DJ turned novelist, Annie Macmanus shares the Book She'd Never Lend

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
337 Ratings

337 Ratings

Gingiaa ,

Feeds my Addiction

I enjoy the wide range of books discovered through these discussions. The guests vary so widely in how they interpret what is a a Good Read that I learn of books I’d never hear of elsewhere. The host is an absolute twin to my own book tastes so I know there will always be at least one book I’ve read or need to read or better still, need to reread.

sextus Pompeius ,

Mariella Frostrup the best

Mariella Frostrup is by far the best of the hosts. Always measured, informed and a pleasure to listen to.

twomoonmusic ,

Often shallow

A great concept but often the shallowness of the guests is such that they could be talking about television. In fact they are usually TV presenters of some kind.

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