John McCarthy is joined by author Tim Ecott whose recent book Stealing Water describes his teenage years in Johannesburg. Tim’s parents were eager to leave Northern Ireland and start a new life in South Africa but things didn't work out as planned. Tim shares his childhood journey from one divided part of the world to another. He gives us a glimpse of a South African story we hear little of- the poor white experience- and tells John how he feels about Johannesburg now and about his experiences when he returned as an adult.
Shetland is an archipeligo of over 100 islands, only 15 of which are inhabited. Crime writer Ann Cleeves talks about the joys of the scattered islands- the people, the culture and Shetland history. Some of Anne's successful crime novels are set there and since visiting as a student and meeting her husband there, she's become a regular Shetland visitor and traveller.
Presented by John McCarthy
Photograph: Symbister, Whalsay, Shetland
This week’s guests:
Tim Ecott Stealing Water
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd