Rose Tremain; Science in Fiction
Chris Power is joined by Rose Tremain to discuss her new book Islands Of Mercy.
Chris Power is joined by Dame Rose Tremain to discuss her new book Islands Of Mercy which travels from Bath to Borneo, exploring desire and ambition. Set in the nineteenth century, it follows the story of Jane Adeane, a nurse who is torn between a conventional life in Bath and a more bohemian lifestyle in London. Her story is contrasted with that of Sir Ralph Savage, a British Rajah in Borneo, living a life free from the expectations of Victorian society.
Rose Tremain talks to Chris about this wide ranging novel, and why we all need our own island of mercy.
Two writers share their experience of creating fiction from science: Mark Blacklock and Benjamin Lapatut discuss using fictional tools to explain and explore some of the most complicated theories in modern maths, geometry and physics. And how to keep the reader on side.
And crime writer Susie Steiner on how her own experience of illness has made her yearn for more depictions of illness in our fiction.