On Midweek this week:-
Andrew Miller's grandparents, Henry Freedman and Miriam Claret, were the children of Jewish immigrants to the East End. Henry was a barrow boy and Miriam was a milliner's apprentice. Andrew traces how their forays into the west End eventually took them, via elocution lessons and charity balls, from Petticoat Lane to Park Lane, and culminated with them being presented to the Queen.
The Earl of Petticoat Lane is published by William Heinemann, at £14.99.
In 1972 a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby club to a fixture in Chile crashed 11,000 feet up the Andes. Many of the passengers survived, but with no protective clothing, little food, no water and temperatures as low as -40C, they faced many challenges. The story of the 72 days the men spent on the mountain was the subject of a Hollywood film. Nando Parrado has now written his extraordinary first hand account of the plane crash and the subsequent trek for survival.
Miracle in the Andes is published by Orion, at £18.99.
Rhys Jones has just returned to the UK after spending a gruelling 54 days climbing Mount Everest, four of which were spent trapped, 20,000 feet up, by a snow blizzard. On the morning of his 20th birthday he reached the summit, and in doing so claimed the world record as the youngest person to complete the 7 Summits Challenge - by climbing the highest peak on each continent.
Mr Gee is a Spoken Word artist and DJ. He is the host of Radio 4's Bespoken Word - back for a third series from 13 June. He also hosts an evening of rap, song, lyric and rhyme with powerhouse beats at The Albany, Deptford, London SE8 on Friday 2 June.
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