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Tessa Hadley, Female friendships, The Russian Revolution

Tessa Hadley's new stories; Kitty Aldridge and Esther Freud's creative partnership; how writers explore the bonds between women; and the literature of the Russian Revolution.

Award winning author Tessa Hadley talks to Mariella Frostrup. As comfortable with the scope of the novel as she is with the 'bite' of the short story, Hadley discusses her latest collected tales, Bad Dreams, which suggests an entirely new genre: the domestic thriller.

Continuing our occasional series about writers working together, Mariella is joined by novelists Kitty Aldridge and Esther Freud who, despite being friends since their late teens, still manage to have an honest and unsparing writing relationship.

Also on the programme, we discuss what the release of a new anthology of writings from 1917 can teach us about the impact of the Russian Revolution on writers. And novelist Camilla Way explores why the bonds between women - and how they can break - has long fascinated writers.

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28 minutes


  • Tessa Hadley

    Duration: 08:51

  • Esther Freud and Kitty Aldridge discuss the pleasures of working together

    Duration: 05:55

  • Female friendships in literature

    Duration: 03:56

  • The impact of the Russian Revolution in literature

    Duration: 08:22

Read the first chapter of Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley

Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley: Chapter One


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Tessa Hadley
Interviewed Guest Kitty Aldridge
Interviewed Guest Esther Freud
Interviewed Guest Camilla Way


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