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Author and former MP Edwina Currie and actor Nicholas Le Prevost talk about books they love with Harriett Gilbert.

Edwina Currie's choice is An Awfully Big Adventure, by Beryl Bainbridge, a tale of backstage intrigue and loss of innocence in a Liverpool theatre in 1950. For Edwina it brings not just joy and razor-sharp writing, but personal memories of her home town after the war.

The Priory by Dorothy Whipple is Nicholas Le Prevost's pick. This soap-opera- like story of a crumbling manor house and its eccentric inhabitants, struggling with the fallout of the depression, was written under the looming shadow of World War II. It's characters, atmosphere, and its depiction of women's lives have made it a firm favourite for Nicholas.

Harriett Gilbert takes us to Iran for her choice of A Good Read: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. A memoir which melds the politics of post-revolution Iran with unusual perspectives on western literary classics, it tells the story of a female academic, expelled from her university for refusing to wear the veil, who sets up a book club at her home.

Presenter: Harriett Gilbert
Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

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28 minutes

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Fri 4 Jul 2014 23:00

BOOKS FEATURED IN THIS BROADCAST

The Priory by Dorothy Whipple

Published by Persephone Books

 

An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge   

Published by Little, Brown

 

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi   

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterHarriett Gilbert
Interviewed GuestEdwina Currie
Interviewed GuestNicholas Le Prevost
ProducerMelvin Rickarby
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