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Front Row

Live from Edinburgh with drag act Denim, Maggie O'Farrell, Penelope Skinner and Terry O'Donovan

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Author Maggie O'Farrell on her unconventional memoir, detailing her 17 brushes with death, performance from drag girl band Denim, and two plays that dramatize our online lives. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Denim
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest:
Penelope Skinner
Interviewed Guest:
Terence O'Donovan

Bookclub

Maggie O'Farrell - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Maggie O'Farrell talks to James Naughtie about her novel The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. Recorded at the Borders Book Festival with an audience of readers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
James Naughtie
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

Woman's Hour

Gloria Steinem; Tina Fey; Neko Case

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Gloria Steinem. Tina Fey on comedy and her latest film, Sisters. Katie Hopkins and David Aaronovitch discuss whether it can ever be right to fat-shame. Neko Case performs. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Gloria Steinem
Interviewed Guest:
Yvonne Roberts
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Smurthwaite
Interviewed Guest:
Tina Fey
Interviewed Guest:
Katie Hopkins
Interviewed Guest:
David Aaronovitch
Interviewed Guest:
Noma Dumezweni
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Harman
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest:
Catherine Bray
Interviewed Guest:
Neko Case

Woman's Hour

Brix Smith Start, Tanya Byron, Maggie O'Farrell

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Former guitarist with the Fall, Brix Smith Start, on her life and career, Tanya Byron on how to help couples with unhealthy eating habits, and Maggie O'Farrell on her latest novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Tanya Byron
Interviewed Guest:
Brix Smith Start
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest:
Kirsty Woodard
Interviewed Guest:
Ming Ho
Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Producer:
Jane Thurlow

Woman's Hour

Weekend Woman's Hour: Corinne Bailey Rae, Christine Lagarde, Brix Smart Smith

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Corinne Bailey Rae performs Stop Where You Are, Christine Lagarde explains what feminism means to her and fell runner Nicky Spinks talks about her 45 hour record run. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Corinne Bailey Rae
Interviewed Guest:
Christine Lagarde
Interviewed Guest:
Brix Smith Start
Interviewed Guest:
Umut Erel
Interviewed Guest:
Caroline Lucas
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest:
Nicky Spinks

Woman's Hour

Weekend Woman's Hour

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Novelist Maggie O'Farrell on her new memoir, planned legal changes to support domestic violence survivors' right to vote, and advice on how to cope with migraines. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest:
Nikki Rees
Interviewed Guest:
Brooke Erin Duffy
Interviewed Guest:
Sian Hawkins
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Skidmore
Interviewed Guest:
Kirstie Allsopp
Interviewed Guest:
Lydia Ruffles
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Weatherall
Interviewed Guest:
Carolyn Harris
Producer:
Olivia Cope

Woman's Hour

Kirstie Allsopp, Maggie O'Farrell, Nina Stemme, Sophie Willan

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Kirsty Allsopp's domestic tips, Maggie O'Farrell explains how near-death experiences have made her life more meaningful, soprano Nina Stemme on looking after her voice. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest:
Kirstie Allsopp
Interviewed Guest:
Nina Stemme
Interviewed Guest:
Sophie Willan
Reporter:
Jac Philimore
Producer:
Erin Riley

Book of the Week

I Am, I Am, I Am

Episode 1: Neck

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Bestselling novelist Maggie O'Farrell's life-affirming memoir, told through a series of vignettes of her near-death experiences. The reader is Hattie Morahan. Show more

Book of the Week

I Am, I Am, I Am

Episode 2: Cerebellum

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Memoir in which bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell recounts her life through a series of near-death experiences. Aged eight, she fell seriously ill after contracting encephalitis. Show more

Book of the Week

I Am, I Am, I Am

Episode 3: Abdomen

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Maggie O'Farrell's memoir, recounted through near-death experiences. Complications during labour leave the author close to death on the operating table. Hattie Morahan reads. Show more

Book of the Week

I Am, I Am, I Am

Episode 4: Lungs

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Maggie O'Farrell's memoir, recounted through near-death experiences. O'Farrell and her son come close to drowning while swimming off the coast of East Africa. Hattie Morahan reads. Show more

Book of the Week

I Am, I Am, I Am

Episode 5: Daughter

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell's moving account of the challenges faced by her young daughter who has a serious immunology disorder. The reader is Hattie Morahan. Show more