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02/08/2012

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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 02 August 2012

Shirley Conran on her book "Lace", bonkbusters and the Conran dynasty. Why are there so few women working in IT? Single people and serious illness - we respond to a listener's plea for advice. Presented by Jenni Murray.

Producer: Laura Northedge.

Chapters

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  • Shirley Conran

    “Lace” by Shirley Conran, who turns 80 next month, was an international bestseller and has been re-released to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Shirley joins Jenni.

  • The Bonkbuster

    Shirley Conran joins Jenni, along with contemporary bonkbuster author Olivia Darling, whose real name is Chris Manby, to discuss “summer reads”.

  • Why are so few women working in IT?

    Christine Ashton, named as the 12th most influential woman in IT in the UK joins Jenni, along with Maggie Berry of Women in Technology, to discuss how more women can be encouraged into the industry.

  • Zoha Shaikh

    In the next in our series on Londoner's style we meet 23 year old student medic Zoha Shaikh. She has recently started wearing the hijab and says, in some ways, she dresses for God.

  • Living alone with serious illness

    What impact can a serious illness have on those living alone. Louise speaks to Jenni about her experience. Jenni is joined by Tess Smith, social care manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • Shirley Conran

    By the time her novel Lace was published in 1982, Shirley Conran was 50, had married and divorced designer Terence Conran, written guides to childrearing, the menopause and housework in which she famously claimed that “life is too short to stuff a mushroom.” Lace was an international bestseller and has been re-released to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. It’s also a milestone year for Shirley who turns 80 next month and joins Jenni to talk about her life and the Conran dynasty.

  • The Bonkbuster

    The second in our series on “summer reads” focuses on The Bonkbuster. These doorstoppers are hundreds of pages long, are set against an extremely wealthy and international backdrop and always involve extremely beautiful women, designer clothes, back-stabbing and lots of sex. Classics in this genre include Riders by Jilly Cooper, Lucky by Jackie Collins and, of course, Lace by Shirley Conran. Shirley joins Jenni, along with contemporary bonkbuster author Olivia Darling, whose real name is Chris Manby.

  • Why are so few women working in IT?

    Less than 18% of the UK’s technology workforce is female and less than 10% of senior staff in the industry are women. Why are so few women opting for careers in technology? and is that likely to change? Christine Ashton has been named as the 12th most influential woman in IT in the UK. She joins Jenni, along with Maggie Berry of Women in Technology, to discuss how more women can be encouraged into the industry.

  • Living alone with serious illness

    Many people will have a serious illness at some point in their life. But with the rise in single households, what impact can a serious illness have on those living alone. How easy is it to ask friends or even neighbours for help? Louise speaks to Jenni about her experience. Jenni is joined by Tes Smith, social care manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Macmillan cancer support
  • Zoha Shaikh

    In the next in our series on Londoner's style we delve into the wardrobe of 23 year old student medic Zoha Shaikh. She has recently started wearing the hijab and says, in some ways, she dresses for God. Henrietta Harrison went to her student flat in Hammersmith.

  • Zoha Shaikh

    Zoha Shaikh

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