Reflections on cycling across Europe
Helen Moat sets out to cycle across Europe, with her teenage son, on her sit-up-and-beg bike – aka ‘The Tank’. She’s not sure whether she is running away from the past or pedalling towards it. But when the birdsong fades across the parched, late summer landscapes of Bulgaria and Turkey, Helen finds herself recalling the Troubles and confronting a suppressed secret. This is her life-affirming account of an unforgettable, if sometimes bumpy ride. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live.
A View from the Twenty-first Century
Anne Bronte: for so long underestimated, from her own day to modern times. But why exactly has this remarkably talented and pioneering author been so overlooked? Anne's writing has often been compared harshly with that of Charlotte and Emily - as if living in her sisters' shadows throughout her life wasn't enough. But her reputation, literary and personal, has changed dramatically since Agnes Grey was first published in 1846.
How I got hooked
On turning fifty, Marion Dunn had a sudden desire to try out boxing. Despite the immense effort this required – the relentless, bone-sapping exhaustion of training with endless circuits and repeats – her whim quickly became a love affair with this most precise, disciplined of sports.