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Book of the Week, The 33 Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 14 February 2011

The 33 by Jonathan Franklin

In 2010, the world turned towards Chile when the collapse of a copper mine left 33 men to survive underground for almost 3 months, the longest time in history. Journalists flocked to the San Jose mine and the family's settlement 'Camp Hope' to follow the rescue mission, to see if the impossible could be achieved.

In this insightful and gripping account, Jonathan Franklin reveals what life was really like for the 33 men underground and how complex the rescue mission actually was. A story of courage and camaraderie, it reveals the toll on minds and bodies trapped almost half a mile beneath the surface of the earth.

Jonathan Franklin is an award-winning journalist published in 30 languages around the world. He regularly reports for The Guardian, Washington Post, Dagbladet, Der Spiegel, Jerusalem Post, Sydney Morning Herald and Rolling Stone magazine, among many others.

He was one of the only journalists to have security access to the heart of the rescue team.

Read by Trevor White
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Lucy Collingwood.

  • Music

    The opening and closing music heard in the programme is 'The Mountains of Chile' by Richard Durrant, from the album 'Acoustic Guitar'


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