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Late Night Woman's Hour - A Brief History of Me Time

Lauren Laverne and guests discuss leisure time. Who invented it? Who gets it? Who wants it? And why is 'me time' just for women?

Do you have just too much to do? Do you live in a blur of meetings, to do lists, deadlines and appointments? Then make time to listen to Lauren Laverne and guests Katharine Whitehorn, Madeleine Bunting, Mags MacKean and Amanda Owen as they discuss the brief history of "me time". Who invented leisure time? Who gets it? Who wants it? How much? What do women do with theirs and what should they be doing with it?

Katharine Whitehorn has been a working journalist since the 1950s. She writes a regular column in The Observer.

Amanda Owen has written several books about her life as a working farmer with eight children. Her most recent book is A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess.

Mags MacKean gave up a high powered job ion journalism to climb full time. Her book about how these experiences changed her is called The Upside Down Mountain.

Author Madeleine Bunting's most recent book was 'The Plot - A biography of an English Nature'. She is currently working on a book on mindfulness.

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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28 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Lauren Laverne
Interviewed Guest Katharine Whitehorn
Interviewed Guest Madeleine Bunting
Interviewed Guest Mags MacKean
Interviewed Guest Amanda Owen
Producer Luke Mulhall


  • Fri 26 Feb 2016 23:00

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