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20080724

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

20080731

Mariella Frostrup talks to the Irish novelist Deidre Madden and considers how the world of art is presented in fiction.

20080814

Owen Sheers presents an edition of the books programme from New York.

He talks to novelist Meg Wolitzer, author of The Wife, about her latest book, and visits the Morgan Library, one of the world's richest collections of rare manuscripts.

20080831

Muriel Gray talks to Andrew Miller about his new novel set in wartime Japan.

As Arthur C Clarke's final work is published posthumously, she looks back at the great science fiction writer's output.

20080914

Tibor Fischer joins Mariella Frostrup to discuss Good to Be God, his first novel for several years, in which a con artist tries to pull off an extremely ambitious identity theft.

20080918

Tibor Fischer joins Mariella Frostrup to discuss Good to Be God, his first novel for several years, in which a con artist tries to pull off an extremely ambitious identity theft.

20080928

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She talks to Zoe Heller, whose bestselling novel Notes on a Scandal was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and successfully adapted for film, about her long-awaited follow-up, The Believers.

Alan Sillitoe recalls the success of his novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 50 years after its publication.

20081002

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She talks to Zoe Heller, whose bestselling novel Notes on a Scandal was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and successfully adapted for film, about her long-awaited follow-up, The Believers.

Alan Sillitoe recalls the success of his novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 50 years after its publication.

20081016

Misha Glenny presents an edition of the books programme from the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

20081019

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She talks to the novelist Thomas Keneally, who, in a new memoir, recalls the writing of his 1982 novel Schindler's Ark and reflects on the profound effect that its devastating subject matter had on him.

20081023

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She talks to the novelist Thomas Keneally, who, in a new memoir, recalls the writing of his 1982 novel Schindler's Ark and reflects on the profound effect that its devastating subject matter had on him.

20081109

Mariella Frostrup talks to Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, about Mercy, her first novel for five years, and looks back at her career.

20081113

Mariella Frostrup talks to Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, about Mercy, her first novel for five years, and looks back at her career.

20081116

Mariella Frostrup talks to Shena Mackay, the author of Heligoland, about her new short story collection The Atmospheric Railway.

20081120

Mariella Frostrup talks to Shena Mackay, the author of Heligoland, about her new short story collection The Atmospheric Railway.

20081123

Mariella Frostrup talks to Will Self about the work of William Burroughs, as a previously unpublished novel by the American writer appears in print for the first time.

20081123

Mariella Frostrup talks to Will Self about the work of William Burroughs.

20081221

Nigella Lawson reveals the five books that mean the most to her.

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She is joined by Nigella Lawson, who reveals the five books that mean the most to her.

And in the year that a debut novelist won the Man Booker Prize, how important is it for a writer to make an impression with their first book?

20081228

Mariella Frostrup and her guests consider novelists' relationships with their families.

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She and her guests consider novelists' relationships with their families and how writers include their relatives in their work.

20090111

Mariella Frostrup talks to the American novelist Jay Mcinerney about his new novel.

Mariella Frostrup presents the books magazine.

She talks to the American novelist Jay Mcinerney, the author of Bright Lights, Big City, about his new novel The Good Life.

Plus a look at a new wave of crime writing from Scandinavia.

20090208

Mariella Frostrup talks to Australian novelist Kate Grenville about her relationship with her country's past, and her exploration of the subject in her book The Lieutenant.

Mariella Frostrup talks to Australian novelist Kate Grenville

20090329

Mariella Frostrup's guests include thriller writer Tom Rob Smith, who talks about his latest novel The Secret Speech.

Plus a walk around Venice with Donna Leon, who explains how the city inspired the adventures of her detective hero Comissario Brunetti.

Mariella Frostrup's guests include thriller writer Tom Rob Smith.

20091011

Mariella Frostrup talks to the thriller writer Robert Harris, whose latest book, Lustrum, set in Ancient Rome, is the second volume of a trilogy about the lawyer, politican and orator Cicero.

Harris explains how modern and ancient politics collide, and why this novel about ancient intrigue is dedicated to Lord Mandelson.

The Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector is the subject of a recent biography; as one of her novels is published in a new translation, Mariella is joined by the biographer Benjamin Moser to discuss why she is revered as one of the greatest writers in the Portugese language.

And the masterpieces that never were; the author of a new history of literary hoaxes, Melissa Katsoulis, and the writer Kevin Jackson swap favourite tales of writers who pulled the wool over their readers' eyes.

Mariella Frostrup talks to thriller writer Robert Harris about his novel Lustrum.

20100919

Mariella Frostrup is joined by the award-winning crime novelist Val McDermid to discuss her latest book, Trick of the Dark. McDermid is best known for her Tony Hill series of thrillers, which were adapted for television as Wire In The Blood. She talks to Mariella about her ongoing love affair with writing crime and why she invented the category of Tartan Noir to describe her books.

Also on the programme, the writer behind The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, shares his insights into the art of writing prolifically. Mariella finds out how McCall Smith, like other prolific novelists, is able to continue producing a book a year - something many writers feel clashes with the artistry of fiction writing.

Plus, as Pakistan continues to reel from the damage created by flood waters, how are the country's writers responding? Two of Pakistan's new generation of novelists, Kamila Shamsie and Daniyal Mueenudeen, join Mariella to discuss, and to shed light on the renaissance that Pakistani writing is undergoing.

Producer: Sally Spurring.

Mariella Frostrup talks to the award-winning crime writer Val McDermid about her new book.

20101017

08/02/200920090212

Mariella Frostrup talks to Australian novelist Kate Grenville

08/02/200920090212

Mariella Frostrup talks to Australian novelist Kate Grenville about her relationship with her country's past, and her exploration of the subject in her book The Lieutenant.

Mariella Frostrup talks to Australian novelist Kate Grenville

10/10/2010

11/01/200920090115

Mariella Frostrup talks to the American novelist Jay Mcinerney about his new novel.

12/12/2010

15/03/200920090319

Mariella Frostrup talks to writer Marcel Theroux, who explains how his interest in climate change and a trip to northern Siberia provided raw material for his novel Far North.

Mariella Frostrup talks to writer Marcel Theroux.

16/01/2011

17/10/2010

17/10/201020101021

19/04/200920090423

Mariella Frostrup talks to American crime novelist Elmore Leonard, whose work has found heavyweight fans such as Saul Bellow and Martin Amis as well as enjoying success in film adaptations such as Get Shorty.

He talks about his new book, Comfort To The Enemy, and explains why he thinks he has made the most of his limitations.

With a book called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies becoming an unexpected bestseller, Mariella and her guests discuss Jane Austen's continuing cultural significance.

Claire Harman, the author of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, and Deborah Moggach, who adapted Pride and Prejudice for the 2005 film starring Kiera Knightley, look at Austen's rediscovery in the 19th century and reinvention in the 20th.

Plus the novelist Andrey Kurkov, author of the cult classic Death and the Penguin, celebrates another satirical masterpiece, Mikhail Bulgakov's 1925 novel The Heart of a Dog.

Mariella Frostrup talks to US crime writer Elmore Leonard about his new novel.

19/09/2010

19/09/201020100923

Mariella Frostrup talks to the award-winning crime writer Val McDermid about her new book.

19/12/2010

21/11/2010
21/12/200820081225

Nigella Lawson reveals the five books that mean the most to her.

21/12/200820081225

Nigella Lawson talks to Mariella Frostrup about the five books that mean the most to her.

Plus, how important is it for a writer to make an impression with their first book?

22/03/200920090326

Mariella Frostrup talks to Maggie Gee about her new novel My Driver.

And 50 years after the death of Raymond Chandler, William Boyd explains why he thinks the creator of the hard-bitten Los Angeles sleuth Philip Marlowe was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Mariella Frostrup talks to Maggie Gee about her novel My Driver.

23/01/2011
23/11/200820081127

Mariella Frostrup talks to Will Self about the work of William Burroughs.

Mariella Frostrup talks to Will Self about the work of William Burroughs, as a previously unpublished novel by the American writer appears in print for the first time.

24/10/2010

26/12/2010
31/10/2010

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Humphrey Carpenter talks to

Anna Pavord whose book The Tulip tells the story of a flower that drives men mad. Producer Robyn Read. Repeated Friday 4pm

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Talks: Humphrey Carpenter

Unknown: Anna Pavord

Producer: Robyn Read.

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Humphrey Carpenter explores the art of writing about pictures. Repeated from Sunday 4pm

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Humphrey Carpenter explores the changing nature of gothic fiction. Producer Rob Ketteridge

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Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter

Producer: Rob Ketteridge

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Humphrey Carpenter explores the pleasures and embarrassments of rereading old favourites Novelist Paul Bailey enjoys Great Expectations, while Kevin Jackson reviews notes he jotted on old college classics

Producer Robyn Read Rptd New Year Day 4pm

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Unknown: Humphrey Carpenter

Unknown: Paul Bailey

Unknown: Kevin Jackson

412/09/2010

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