Family Secrets: Sarah Dunant and Deborah Cohen

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On Start the Week Andrew Marr begins the new year talking about lies and secrets, and the increasing blurring of public and private. Deborah Cohen charts family secrets and shame from the Victorian times to the present day, while Sarah Dunant and TV producer Alex Graham discuss how confession became entertainment, and the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz listens to the hidden feelings of his patients.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 7 Jan 2013 21:30

Deborah Cohen

Deborah Cohen is a Professor of History at Northwestern University, USA.

Family Secrets: Living With Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day is published by Viking Penguin.


Deborah Cohen's website 

Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is a writer.

Blood and Beauty will be published by Little, Brown/Virago in May 2013.


Sarah Dunant's website 

Alex Graham

Alex Graham is the COE of Wall to Wall, an independent production company.

He is working on the 10th series of Who Do You Think You Are? for BBC television.


Alex Graham at Wall to Wall

Stephen Grosz

Stephen Grosz is a psychoanalyst. He teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London.

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves is published by Chatto and Windus.  It is Radio 4's Book of the Week 7-11 January 2013.

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week