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Isabel Allende

A special interview with Isabel Allende on her novel A Long Petal of the Sea which spans the turmoil of 20th century.

Mariella Frostrup talks to the novelist Isabel Allende about her new novel A Long Petal of the Sea, a story of displacement and of love, as a young couple travel from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War to Chile in 1939 to start a new life. She discusses her life in writing, migration, exile, and finding new love in her 70s.

Also, writer Menna van Praag celebrates the enduring appeal of magical realism from Allende to Mohsin Hamid.

And writer Stacey Halls, whose debut novel The Familiars was a breakthrough success last year, visits The Foundling Museum in London to talk about the inspiration she found in the stories of women and their lost children for her latest novel, The Foundling.

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28 minutes


  • Sun 16 Feb 2020 16:00
  • Thu 20 Feb 2020 15:30

This Week's Book List

This Week's Book List

Read along with us - a list of books discussed in each programme