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19 August 2008

Tuesday 19 August 2008 11:30-12:00 (Radio 4 FM)


Best-selling author Val McDermid examines the development of the lesbian novel and its transition from the margins to the mainstream.

In 1950 a novel called Women's Barracks sparked an entire new genre of lesbian pulp fiction. Maureen Duffy recalls the publication of her critically acclaimed Microcosm in 1966. Val examines the influence of feminist publishing houses on the growth of novels with a lesbian theme.

Contributors include Jeanette Winterson, who explains why she hates the term 'lesbian novel', and Sarah Waters, who describes the importance of television drama in bringing lesbian fiction into the living rooms of the nation.

Followed by News.

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