Open Book - 9th October 2016

Tommy Wieringa, Flemish and Dutch literature, Fashion in fiction, Stewart Lee on Ithell Colquhoun

Dutch novelist Tommy Wieringa talks to Mariella Frostrup about his new novel A Beautiful Young Wife, the story of a couple struggling to overcome an age gap. And, as Flanders and the Netherlands take the guest of honour title at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, we look more widely at the literary culture of the region.

Comedian Stewart Lee discusses his passion for the travelogues of the surrealist painter and writer Ithell Colquhoun, and novelist Lucy Foley offers a guide to the importance of fashion in fiction – from Jay Gatsby’s shirts to Madame Bovary’s new satin slippers.

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