Margaret Forster's journey through houses she has lived in and the importance of home during her illness. Read by Sian Thomas.
As Margaret Forster's struggle with cancer continues, she reflects the importance of home, and why, inside her own home, she can cope.
I was born on May 25, 1938, in the front bedroom of a house in Orton Road, on the outer edges of Raffles, a council estate. I was a lucky girl.'
So began Margaret Forster's journey through the houses she's lived in, from the sparkling new council house, built as part of a utopian vision by Carlisle City Council, to her beloved London house of today, via Oxford, Hampstead and the Lake District. As well as a poignant reflection on home and the effect of home on us, My Life in Houses is also a sideways look at the life of one of the greatest contemporary British novelists.
Concluded by Sian Thomas.
Writer: Margaret Forster
Abridger: Sally Marmion
Producer: Justine Willett
First broadcast on BBC Radio in November 2014.
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