Mary Beard & Bidisha at The Cheltenham Literature Festival
Classicist Mary Beard and writer Bidisha talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books, in an edition recorded in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Bidisha's choice is Margaret Atwood's bestseller The Handmaid's Tale.
Harriett's is a definite crowd-pleaser: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
Mary Beard's is bolder and perhaps more controversial - she puts up a passionate and persuasive case for the pleasures of reading The Odyssey, by Homer.
Producer: Beth O'Dea.