A bold and radical look at a world obsessed with economic growth at the expense of quality of life – and what we can do to change. Environmental author and campaigner Saci Lloyd talks to New Economics Foundation fellow Andrew Simms.
Guy Parker-Rees’ exuberant illustrations have made him a bestseller. You’ll recognise his work from the worldwide hit, Giraffes Can’t Dance, a World Book Day book for 2013. Join the fun!
Duration 45 mins.
Actors read Josephine’s programme featuring the work of Owen, Yeats, Sassoon and many others. Introduced by Francine Stock.
The new novel from the author of Slumdog Millionaire. As Sapna Sinha leaves the electronics store in downtown Delhi on her lunch-break one day, she is approached by a man who claims to be CEO of one of India’s biggest companies. He tells her he is looking for an heir for his business empire. And that he has decided it should be her. There are just seven tests she must pass. And then the biggest lottery ticket of all time will be hers.
The story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire is the story of England. From 1381, when Sir John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England, was killed during the Peasant’s Revolt, to 1906, when the Duke of Devonshire’s resignation brought down the Tory government, the family’s fortunes and misfortunes mirrored the life of the nation.
Running through the heart of Colombia is a river emblematic of the fascination and tragedy of South America, the Magdalena, considered by some the most dangerous place in the world. Jacobs is captured by the FARC, has a chance encounter with Gabriel García Márquez and is brought to reflect on memory and identity, and the nature of mystery.
The story of Europe’s constantly shifting geopolitics and the peculiar circumstances that have made it both so impossible to dominate, and also so dynamic and ferocious. It is the story of a group of highly competitive and mutually suspicious dynasties, but also of a continent uniquely prone to interference from ‘semi-detached’ elements, such as Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Britain and (just as centrally to Simms’ argument) the United States. chaired by Jonathan Derbyshire.
Every five minutes a child runs away. Every year sees around 100,000 under-16-year-old kids on UK streets. A huge percentage of homeless adults were once runaways. The Big Issue founder discusses with children's author Kate Maryon and The Railway Children’s Head of UK policy.
The incredible history of Doggerland, a country now sunk beneath the North Sea, which once, 6,000 years ago, linked the Yorkshire coast with a stretch of Continental Europe from Denmark to Normandy. The submersion of Doggerland was the last time inhabited areas of land were lost because of changes in climate.
In the anaesthetist’s television programmes he has often demonstrated the impact of extremes on the human body by using his own body as a ‘guinea pig’. So Dr Fong is well placed to share his experience of the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme physiological limits, where human life is balanced on a knife-edge. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Keil’s novel Flirting At The Funeral is set against a background of global crisis and is haunted by memories of revolution and terror. Preece’s study Baader Meinhof And The Novel explores forty years of myths and conspiracy theories about the German Autumn. They talk to Gwen Davies.
In celebration of the Benjamin Britten centenary, the composer’s niece introduces her mother Beth Britten’s extraordinary and insightful memoir of Britten’s early life. Nick Cooper will perform excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s 1st cello suite and discuss with Sally Schweizer both the book and the composer’s life.