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Charlotte Higgins reflects on the significance of mazes and labyrinths in art and mythology, in literature and in life.

Author and journalist Charlotte Higgins explores our ancient fascination with mazes and labyrinths, and reflects on their significance - in art and in mythology, in literature and in life.

In this fourth reading from her new book Higgins describes a meeting with maze-maker Adrian Fisher, who over a thirty-year career has designed forty-two hedge mazes and fifty-one mirror mazes - where glass is "set into the walls of tunnels to cast infinite reflections and to bewilder the eye completely." Solving mazes is a shared experience that binds families together, says Fisher - although Higgins notes that his wife Marie "is not a great one for mazes; or rather, she just likes to know she can get out of them..."

Charlotte Higgins also tells how artist Mark Wallinger chose to mark the 150th birthday of one of Britain's greatest and most famous subterranean mazes - the London Underground.

Red Thread is written and read by Charlotte Higgins.

The book is abridged and produced by David Jackson Young.

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