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The Story, edited by Victoria Hislop; scientist-author collaboration; Man Booker Prize

Victoria Hislop has edited a new anthology of women's short stories called The Story. From Helen Simpson to Angela Carter, she explains how she chose her 100 favourites.

The novelist Victoria Hislop has edited a new anthology of women's short stories called The Story, Love, Loss and The Lives of Women. From Katharine Mansfield and Angela Carter to Helen Simpson and Ali Smith, she explains how she chose her one hundred favourites.

What happens when an author joins forces with a Quantum physicist?
Sara Maitland has teamed up with a selection of leading scientists to turn their cutting edge research into a collection of short stories. One of her stories The Beautiful Equation is based on the work of Tara Shears, Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool and one the quantum physicists carrying out research into antimatter at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Tara and Sara discuss how the collaboration worked and how science has become literature.

Since its launch in 1969, The Man Booker Prize has been regarded as one of the most important literary awards in the world. It currently accepts submissions from published authors writing in English from Britain, Ireland, the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe, but following an announcement this week, from next year it is, "abandoning the constraints of geography and national boundaries" and expanding the eligibility for entry to include novels originally written in English and published in the UK, regardless of the nationality of the author. Suzi Feay joins Mariella Frostrup to discuss the implications of this announcement

Producer: Andrea Kidd.

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28 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Victoria Hislop
Producer Andrea Kidd
Interviewed Guest Suzi Feay
Interviewed Guest Tara Shears
Interviewed Guest Sara Maitland


  • Sun 22 Sep 2013 16:00

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