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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, 137 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
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

jules a.c. ,

Harriett Gilbert Book Discussion + Martin Amis

Oct 31, 2018
Dear Harriett Gilbert,
I’ve been listening to the BBC book review podcast lately and want to compliment you as an impeccable host. Your questions are excellent, and you allow your guests to answer them. You are a skillful interviewer.
I’d like also to mention Martin Amis’ comment in regards to Barbara Pym. Martin told me he couldn’t understand her appeal as a writer; he just didn’t get it!
Sian Harries pointed out in Pym’s novels “nothing ever happens;” but, the minutiae in life. Rather, they were about “excellent women” of that post war era.
Mr. Amis (IMHO, an alpha man) could not connect with the female characters in Pym’s novels.
Having read most of Pym’s novels, I quote or refer to her pithy words in my memoir “Visiting Martin Amis.”
You can read a free sample of “Visiting Martin Amis” on Amazon.co.uk or Kindle.com below.
Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,
Julia Clinch
Everett, Washington
USA

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Ukskaks ,

My favourite podcast

I love, love, LOVE A GOOD READ. Whether it is something I have read and loved, read and hated, am now persuaded to read, or will pass over, the show gives me new aspects to ponder and joys to experience. Harriett Gilbert does a great job moderating this programme, and I can’t wait for next week’s episode!

dgarcy ,

Great show and format

Both “A Good Read” and “Open Book” are excellent shows, well-produced podcasts that merit more than one listen.

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