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Virginia Baily - Early One Morning, Jacqueline Wilson on What Katy Did

Jacqueline Wilson discusses updating children's classic What Katy Did, and Virginia Baily talks about her new novel, Early One Morning, set in Rome during WWII and the 1970s.

Mega selling children's writer Jacqueline Wilson talks to Mariella Frostrup about her new book - an updated version of the classic, What Katy Did. The Victorian version is highly moral in its tone: the heroine learns to be kinder, nicer and even tidier after a terrible accident leaves her paralysed. Jacqueline Wilson talks about reinventing the story for modern readers while keeping the best of the original.

Virginia Baily's new novel, Early One Morning, is set in Rome and shifts between the Second World War and the 1970s. It tells the story of Chiara, who rescues a young Jewish boy in 1943 and lives with the consequences of that moment for the rest of her life. Virginia discusses her love of Rome and the real life incident that inspired her story.

Ideas Boxes are new portable libraries which are being sent to deprived areas around the world, we hear how it's working in the Bronx in New York. Finally an editor recommends a title - a new take on crime fiction - from a rival publishing house.

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28 minutes


  • Virginia Baily

    Duration: 08:44

  • Ideas Boxes

    Duration: 05:19

  • Jacqueline Wilson

    Duration: 09:32

  • Editor's Pick - Sam Eades

    Duration: 03:04

Read the opening chapter of Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

Early One Morning: Chapter 1 by Virginia Baily 


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Jacqueline Wilson
Interviewed Guest Virginia Baily


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