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Adam Foulds, Naomi Wood, David Park, Lindsey Davis, listeners' heroines

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First broadcast:
Sunday 09 February 2014

Adam Foulds talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest novel In the Wolf's Mouth, which follows the Allied troops through North Africa and into Sicily. He explores how the army inadvertently helped the return of the Mafia to that island and explains that for many, with the rise of the Mafia, the end of the Second World War was only the start of the troubles to come.

David Park and Naomi Wood discuss the challenging lives experienced by the partners of great writers and poets from the four Mrs Hemingways to the wives of William Blake and Osip Mandelstam.

Quick Reads was launched in 2006 to help to get people reading and to introduce them to the pleasures that fiction can bring. Lindsey Davis, one of this year's authors writing a bite sized novel, explains why she wanted to be part of this campaign and the challenges of writing a short book for non readers.

Mariella Frostrup hears from the Open Book listeners, as they share their favourite heroines.

Producer: Andrea Kidd.


    By Adam Foulds:


    The Truth About These Strange Times - Publisher: Orion

    The Quickening Maze - Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    In The Wolf’s Mouth - Publisher: Jonathan Cape



    Poets' Wives by David Park - Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood - Publisher: Picador


    A Cruel Fate by Lindsey Davis - Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton



    Literary Heroines:


    Prue Sarn in Precious Bane by Mary Webb

    Margarita in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

    Offred in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Aibeleen in The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    Lady Slane in All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West

    Mrs Waterbury in The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

    Camilla Marteline in Peeping Tom by Howard Jacobson

    Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Dorothea Brooke in Middlemarch by George Eliot

    Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    Anne Elliot in Persuasion by Jane Austen

    Harriet Vane in Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers

    The Story Girl by L M Montgomery

    Violet Elizabeth Bott by Richmal Crompton

    George from the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton

    Harriet Pringle from Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning

    Jean Paget in A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

    Maggie Tulliver in Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

    Catherine Seyton from The Abbot by Walter Scott

    Anna Holbrook in Yonondio by Tilly Olsen

    Lisa Longland in Life with Lisa by Sybil Burr

    Greta in The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen  

    Lydia Gwilt in Armadale by Wilkie Collins

    Priscilla in My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

    Flora Post in Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

    Keti in Voyagers – A Trilogy by Christopher Jon

    Maeve Salmon in Going the Whole Hog by Christina Jones

    Emma Foxberrow in the Harpole Report and other J L Carr novels

    Nancy Blackett  in Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

    Betsy Trotwood in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

    Anna in The Soprano Sorceress by L E Modesitt, Jr

    Fancy Day in Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy

    Frances Montrose in  Leaning Towards Infinity by Sue Woolfe

    Priscilla in The Long White Month by E P Dutton and Theresa Kalab

    Kate in The Good Master by Kate Seredy

    Miss Read in Chronicles of Fairacre by Miss Read

    Harriet from The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

    Smilla in Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

    Sido in Break of Day by Colette

    Lisbeth Salander in the Steig Larrson books

    Jo in Little Women by Louisa M Alcott

    Miss Lucy Pym in Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

    Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

    Irene Forsyte in the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy

    Tess in Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy





  • Read the Opening Chapter of In The Wolf's Mouth by Adam Foulds

    Chapter 1: In The Wolf's Mouth by Adam Foulds


    In The Wolf's Mouth

  • Get ahead with Mariella’s next book Of Cops and Robbers by Mike Nicol

    Find Chapter 1 from Of Cops and Robbers by Mike Nicol



    Of Cops and Robbers


Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest
Adam Foulds
Interviewed Guest
David Park
Interviewed Guest
Naomi Wood
Interviewed Guest
Lindsey Davis
Andrea Kidd


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