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Part one of a history of women's writing, A Book of One's Own

Mariella Frostrup presents the first part of her history of women's writing, A Book of One's Own: How Women Wrote the Twentieth Century, beginning with suffrage literature.

Mariella Frostrup presents the first in a four part series examining the history of women's writing in the last hundred years. In A Book of One's Own: How Women Wrote The Twentieth Century, she speaks to leading novelists, critics and publishers - including AS Byatt, Carmen Calil and Kate Mosse - as she traces the evolution of women's emancipation in fiction.

Mariella begins by exploring the literature of the suffrage movement with the aid of Shirley Williams - daughter of the iconic feminist author Vera Brittain - and asks why the names of so many groundbreaking suffrage writers have been erased from our literary history.

Also in the programme, Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country, discusses his new book Waterline. And Damian Flanagan talks about the current state of contemporary Japanese fiction

PRODUCER: ELLA-MAI ROBEY AND AASIYA LODHI.

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