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BBC Radio 4’s Open Book Programme Recorded at the Museum

February 19, 2013

In January BBC Radio 4’s popular programme, Open Book,  was recorded at the Museum for a very special edition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice. 

The programme was presented by Mariella Frostrup, shown here, below…

 standing by Jane Austen’s letter to her sister Cassandra dated 29th January 1813. This letter famously describes Pride and Prejudice as Jane’s “Own Darling child” and it will be on display at the Museum this year as part of our Pride and Prejudice exhibition.

Guests on the programme included Professor John Mullan, whose book, What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved, has recently been released in  paperback;


Dr Paula Byrne, whose book on the life of Jane Austen, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things was published in January…


and Dr Bharat Tandon, whom you can see in the red jumper, seated on the right at the table in the photograph, below.


He recently edited the recently published Harvard University Press Annotated Edition of Emma

The programme also included a pre-recorded piece from the author, Helen Fielding, who was inspired by Pride and Prejudice when she wrote her book, Bridget Jones’s Diary.

If you missed this very enjoyable programme, you will be pleased to learn that it is still  available to listen to via the BBC Radio 4 website by clicking on this link here. The programme will be available to listen to for a period of 12 months, so we do hope you will all be able to listen and enjoy the spirited discussion!

Here, below, is a gallery of some photographs which were taken on the day of recording: to enlarge any of the photographs, simply click on them.

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  1. cathyallen permalink
    February 22, 2013 12:30 am

    Thank you for the link to the Jane Austen Open Book episode. I finally got to listen to it just now, and it was great! I really enjoyed what the scholars had to say, and Mariella Frostrup was very good, too. She did her homework, and kept the whole conversation lively and interesting. It was time well spent. Thanks again!

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