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Charles Kingsley's Water Babies, Edward St Aubyn

Matthew Sweet, Simon Heffer and Corin Throsby discuss Charles Kingsley. Plus a former Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and Edward St Aubyn on literary satire.

Simon Heffer and Cambridge University historian Corin Throsby join Matthew Sweet for a conversation about the writings and ideas of the nineteenth century novelist and historian Charles Kingsley as Free Thinking begins a series of discussions involving academics who have been Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers. The scheme launched in 2010 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and looks for academics who want to share their research with radio audiences.

Water Babies: A New Musical Adventure runs at Curve, Leicester April 24th - May 17th

Edward St Aubyn drew on his own life in his Patrick Melrose Novels and co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of Mother's Milk. His new book - called Lost For Words - depicts writers jostling for the Elysian Prize. He discusses literary satire with Matthew Sweet.

Documentary maker and actress Sally McLean marks today's anniversary of Roger Bannister's 4 minute mile. Her current film project - A Life Unexpected - profiles the Viennese running coach Franz Stampfl.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies

    Simon Heffer & New Generation Thinker Corin Throsby discuss the ideas of Charles Kingsley

    Duration: 19:03

  • Franz Stampfl

    Documentary maker Sally McLean profiles the Roger Bannister's running coach.

    Duration: 12:15

  • Edward St Aubyn

    Edward St Aubyn discusses his new novel Lost For Words.

    Duration: 12:43

The Water Babies

The Water Babies

Water Babies: A New Musical Adventure is at the Curve in Leicester from 24 April to 17 May 2014.

 

High Minds: The Victorians and the Birth of Modern Britain by Simon Heffer is available in hardback and e-book now.

 


Image: Louise Dearman as Mrs D in Water Babies at Curve Leicester. Photocredit Johan Persson.

 

Edward St Aubyn

Lost For Words by Edward St Aubyn is available in hard back and ebook from the 8 May 2014.


A Life Unexpected

You can find more information about Franz Stampfl: A Life Unexpected here

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Simon Heffer
Interviewed Guest Corin Throsby
Interviewed Guest Edward St Aubyn
Producer Fiona McLean

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