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Episode 1

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 October 2013

Even the most successful of writers have, at some point, had to take day jobs to pay the bills.

Ian Leslie presents the second series of this Radio 4 spoof documentary, which sheds light on the often surprising jobs done by the world's best known writers in the days before they were able to make a living from their art.

In a project of literary archaeology, Leslie unearths archive examples of early work by great writers, including Fortune Cookie messages written by Germaine Greer, a political manifesto by the young JK Rowling, and a car manual written by Dan Brown. In newspaper articles, advertising copy, and company correspondence, we get a fascinating glimpse into the embryonic development of our best-loved literary voices.

We may know them today for their novels, plays or poems but, once upon a time, they were just people with a dream - and a rent bill looming at the end of the month.

Producers: Anna Silver and Claire Broughton

A Hat Trick production for BBC Radio 4.

Credits

Shipton
David Armand
Studio Exec for Samuel Beckett
David Armand
Shakespeare
John Finnemore
Presenter
Ian Leslie
Germaine Greer
Katy Wix
Simone De Beauvoir
Fenella Woolgar
Producer
Anna Silver
Producer
Claire Broughton

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