Wednesday 18 April 2012, 15:25
Radio 4's Bookclub is celebrating the centenary of the novelist Elizabeth Taylor. When an author is no longer with us, the programme invites a writer who's a fan to come and champion the chosen book. Previous programmes in this vein include Andrew Davies on Thackeray's Vanity Fair, MichÃ¨le Roberts on Alain-Fournier's French classic Le Grand Meaulnes and Sally Beauman on Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.
Bookclub have invited comedian and novelist David Baddiel to be their guide to her penultimate novel, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont - one of her best known thanks to a 2005 film adaption starring Joan Plowright.
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont is the story of the widow Laura Palfrey, lonely in her old age, who goes to live in a private hotel as she can no longer look after herself. She meets the young writer Ludovic Meyer and they strike up an unusual friendship.
David Baddiel has said of Elizabeth Taylor that she provides the "missing link between Jane Austen and John Updike: the canvas of both is always a small provincial section of the middle-classes, their narratives explore love and marriage and its breakdown with that canvas".
The Bookclub recording with David Baddiel is on Monday 28 May at 5.40pm at BBC Bush House in London. It's free to attend. If you'd like to come along fill out this form and we'll contact you.
Paul Murphy is senior producer social media, BBC A&Mi.
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