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Profile: Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

With the Hunger Games topping cinema box-office charts over the Easter weekend, Radio 4 profiles Suzanne Collins, the children's author who wrote the best-selling books on which the film is based.

Her trilogy, set in a post-apocalypse America, is said to have been inspired by a combination of Greek myth and reality television as well as Collins' own upbringing as the daughter of an air-force officer who served in Vietnam.

So how much do we know about the woman behind the phenomenon now being described as the US equivalent of Harry Potter?

This edition of Profile was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 7 April at 19:00 BST. Explore the Profile archive by downloading the podcast.

  • 16 Apr 2012
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