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Siân Thomas reads Sybille Bedford’s Jigsaw, a semi-autobiographical novel that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989. Powerfully evocative and densely observed, the novel relates the itinerant life of Billi, who moves from the Kaiser’s Germany to wider Europe in between the two World Wars. The narrator tells of her apprenticeship to life in a world-shaping era and the many teachers she meets along the way, including the Huxleys, Aldous and Maria, who nurture Billi’s ambition to become a writer. We also have James Stephens’s The Crock of Gold, one of the great novels in the Irish comic tradition, read by Gerry O’Brien, as well as Thomas Hardy’s The Hand of Ethelberta, a light-hearted, urban tale, offering a different side of the author, read by Fenella Woolgar.

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