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Parent Bloggers; Britain's Youngest Barrister; French Feminists

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 09 September 2013

Parents who blog about their children and why they do it. The French feminists who are lobbying President Hollande to allow more women into the Pantheon - the burial place for its national heroes. The 18 year old who has become Britain's youngest barrister. Eleanor Catton on her new novel, The Luminaries, long listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Presented by Jane Garvey.
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.


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  • Parent Bloggers:The Early Years

    According to a recent survey by Brit Mums, Britain’s biggest collective of parent bloggers, a record number of people in the UK are blogging about their children. 50% of so-called ‘mumbloggers’ have children aged 2 or under and about 5% of parenting blogs are now written by dads. Tim Atkinson, a stay-at-home Dad who writes the award-winning blog ‘Bringing Up Charlie’ and Alice Harold, whose blog ‘More Than Toast: surviving single motherhood without becoming an alcoholic’,  join Jane Garvey to discuss why they blog, whether they earn any money from it and how they cope with the competitive world of parent blogging.

  • Police Response To Domestic Violence

    On Friday the Home Secretary Theresa May announced that a review is to be carried out into the way police in England and Wales deal with cases of domestic violence. This follows the murders of Clare Wood and Maria Stubbings who were both killed by former partners. Neither woman was aware that their partners had a history of violence against women. About two women a week die from domestic violence in England and Wales. So what effect will this review have? Heather Harvey, Research and Development Manager at the domestic violence charity Eaves joins Jane in the studio. 

  • The Campaign For More French Women In The Pantheon

    Campaigners in France are calling for more women to be represented in the Pantheon. It is the final resting place for France’s most celebrated citizens such as Voltaire, Rousseau and Zola but the only woman to be included for her achievements is Marie Curie. Burial in the Pantheon is only allowed by a parliamentary act for "National Heroes" and the campaign group Osez le Feminisme (Dare to be a Feminist) has taken to social media to lobby French President Francois Hollande to redress the balance. With  Dr Hanna Diamond, Reader in French History at the University of Bath and campaigner from Osez le Feminisme Anne-cécile Mailfert.


  • Britain's Youngest Barrister

    18 year old Gabrielle Turnquest is the youngest person to be called to the bar in 600 years. The average age is 27. Though she is Britain’s youngest barrister she was born in the US, where she started her first degree at the age of 14. Graduating two years later on the day she also graduated from high school, she decided to study law in the UK. Jane speaks to Gabrielle and her mother, Patrice, a lawyer from the Bahamas.

  • Eleanor Catton

    Eleanor Catton’s new novel, The Luminaries, has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize.   Set in 1860s during one of the New Zealand gold rushes in the hastily thrown up town of Hokitika, it tells a huge and complex story that opens with twelve local men meeting in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life and an enormous sum of money has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Eleanor Catton’s first novel, The Rehearsal, about a sex scandal at a New Zealand high school, won a significant number of nominations and prizes. In this, her second novel, she has shifted gear entirely to produce a doorstopper of a novel that reads like a Victorian sensation novel, transplanted to New Zealand. She joins Jane in the studio.

     The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is published by Granta.


Jane Garvey
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Eleanor Catton
Lucinda Montefiore


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