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Nancy Mitford, Women's Refuges, Chile's Camila Vallejo

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 07 November 2011

Novelist Nancy Mitford was considered one of the funniest writers of the last century. Writer India Knight discusses the life and legacy of the eldest Mitford sister. Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone answers critics who say local authority spending cuts will jeopardize the some domestic violence services. Student leader Camila Vallejo has become a figurehead of protesters in Chile who are demanding free education. We find out why this charismatic young woman has inspired a new generation and has even had a pop song written about her. Presented by Jane Garvey.

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  • Nancy Mitford

    Nancy Mitford is considered one of the funniest writers of the 20th century. Jane is joined by historian Lisa Hilton and writer India Knight to discuss Nancy’s life, wit and enduring popularity.

  • Women's Refuges

    Local authority cuts are said to be threatening some domestic violence services. Felicity Finch visits a refuge; Jane talks to Jan Dalrymple of Saferplaces & Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone.

  • Chilean Student Protests - Camila Vallejo

    Student leader Camila Vallejo has become a cult figure in the protests demanding free education. Jane discusses with Marcela Rios, UN Development Programme in Chile & student, Carmen Sepulveda.

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  • Nancy Mitford

    Nancy Mitford is considered one of the funniest writers of the 20th century. She was born in London in 1904, the eldest of the six legendary Mitford sisters. All of the girls were considered great beauties. They were educated at home, and Nancy always claimed that apart from being taught to ride and speak French, she never received a proper education. In the politically polarized 1930s, her sisters Diana and Unity were drawn to the extreme Right, and Jessica to the Left. Nancy wavered between the two. She remained childless and was said to have been unfulfilled in love, but did find huge success as a writer. Her fifth novel, The Pursuit of Love (1945), was a phenomenal best seller. Jane is joined by the historian Lisa Hilton and the writer India Knight to discuss Nancy Mitford, her life, razor-sharp wit and enduring popularity.

    Nancy Mitford
  • Camila Vallejo

    Recent months in Chile have seen mass student uprisings against the elite which have gained huge popular support. And at the heart of this is one young woman and a group of teenage schoolgirls. Commandante Camila, as some have called her, is 23 year old student leader Camilla Vallejo, who has become a cult figure in the protests demanding free education. She has inspired teenage girls to occupy their school for the past six months, and has led protests of hundreds of thousands of people. She’s had pop songs written about her, become a pin-up to many, and has set the media alight. But who is this young woman making waves in the machismo world of Chilean politics? And just what impact is she making as the young generation stand up for change? Jane Garvey speaks to Marcela Rios of the UN Development Programme in Chile, and Carmen Sepulveda, a Chilean Phd student here in London.

  • Women’s refuges - impact of spending cuts

    Local authority spending cuts are said to be threatening the future of some domestic violence services. Reporter Felicity Finch visits one refuge in the Home Counties which is under threat. To discuss the potential impact of refuge closures, Jane is joined by Jan Dalrymple, CEO of Saferplaces and Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone.

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