Sybille Bedford, author of Jigsaw and A Legacy
Sybille Bedford was the writer's writer, and author of A Legacy.
Sara Wheeler first read Sybille Bedford in her early twenties, and discovered a dazzling writer. The book she read was called A Visit to Don Otavio. It's set in Mexico, a country Bedford wanted to visit because of its 'long nasty history in the past and as little present history as possible.' Born Sybille von Schoenebeck in 1911 in Germany, she lived in Italy, France, California and London, and her book Jigsaw was nominated for the Booker prize. But by her own admission she never sold many books.
Sara Wheeler is the author of Terra Incognita - about her travels in Antarctica. Victoria Glendinning adds her thoughts and wit to the programme.
There are archive contributions from Hilary Spurling, Sue McGregor and Sybille Bedford too.
The presenter is Matthew Parris