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Helen Dunmore, How women in Brazil are coping with the Zika virus, Long-distance relationships

Award-winning author Helen Dunmore talks about her latest novel, set during the Cold War. Plus friendships with other mums, and the challenge of a long-distance relationship.

Award-winning author Helen Dunmore joins Jane to discuss her new novel Exposure. Set in 1960's London during the Cold War, they'll be talking all things, spies, secrets and double lives.

The Zika virus is being linked to thousands of babies being born with birth defects. We hear from Brazil about how women in the affected countries who are pregnant or planning to have children are coping with the challenges of the disease.

Making friends with other mothers can be one of the most important, and daunting, aspects of becoming a parent but are these friendships based on support and camaraderie or is about creating careful networks for ourselves and our children? Dr Jennie Bristow and Anne-Marie O'Leary, Editor-in-Chief of Netmums discuss.

What are the challenges when it comes to being in a long distance relationship? And how is the digital age making an impact? Three young women share their experiences.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Anne Peacock.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Update on the Zika virus

    We hear from Brazil about how women are coping with the challenges of the disease.

    Duration: 13:39

  • Helen Dunmore

    Award winning author Helen Dunmore joins Jane to discuss her new novel Exposure.

    Duration: 08:38

  • Long-distance relationships

    Three young women share their experiences of love at a distance with Emma Barnett.

    Duration: 12:21

  • Making friends with other mothers

    The challenge of making mum friends with Dr Jennie Bristow and Anne-Marie O’Leary.

    Duration: 07:28

BBC News - Travel advice on the Zika virus

Advice on how to avoid the Zika outbreak for those travelling to Brazil

Travel Health Pro - Zika virus

The latest news on the Zika outbreak from the website comprising the travel health resources of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Helen Dunmore
Interviewed Guest Jennie Bristow
Interviewed Guest Anne-Marie O'Leary
Producer Anne Peacock

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