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Posts tagged ‘Book of the week’

BOTW: Tippett and Kristallnacht

this morning (wednesday 17th), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 

michael tippett (read by oliver soden) (3rd of 5 episodes) (in the book of the week series)

“3. War in Europe approaches and the world turns dark. Tippett composes A Child of Our Time at the height of the Blitz and faces the consequences of his pacifism.”

The work was inspired by events that affected Tippett profoundly: the assassination in 1938 of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee, and the Nazi government’s reaction in the form of a violent pogrom against its Jewish population—called Kristallnacht.

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BOTW: A Tale of Love and Darkness

every morning this week (monday 11th to friday 14th), 9.45-10.00am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4
a tale of love and darkness (by amos oz, translated by nicholas de lange, and read by david fleeshman) (in the book of the week series)

“Israeli writer Amos Oz died on the 28th December 2018, leaving a huge legacy of fiction, essays and articles as well as the masterpiece A Tale of Love and Darkness.
This bestselling memoir explores the author’s difficult childhood in Mandatory Palestine.
1. Oz’s earliest memories are of his parents’ struggle to settle in Jerusalem while mourning a Europe that had rejected them.
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Botw: The Cut Out Girl

every morning this week (monday 6th to friday 10th), 9.45-10.00am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4
the cut out girl (by bart van es, read by daniel weyman) (abridged by isobel creed and lizzie davies) (5 episodes, in the book of the week series)

”The last time a young Jewish girl called Hesseline – but known as Lien – saw her parents was in The Hague as she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis.
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Where the line is drawn

every morning this week (monday 23rd to friday 27th), 9.45-10.00am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4
where the line is drawn (by raja shehadeh, read by peter polycarpou) (5 episodes, in the book of the week series)

Raja Shehadeh reflects on his forty year friendship with Henry Abramovitch, a Jewish Israeli.
1. As idealistic young men when they first meet in 1977, they connect over shared interests in literature, writing and walking. As the years pass, their friendship is challenged by history, politics, enmity and violence, but it also points the way to a common future.
2. He visits Jaffa, the city from which his father was exiled during the Nakba in 1948 when 750,000 were forced from their homes with the end of the British Mandate and the creation of Israel. It’s now 1978 and he is staying with Jewish friends who moved into one of the old Arab houses in Jaffa. He is curious about their choice of home.
3. He recollects a humiliating experience on his way home to Ramallah.
4. He remembers a terrifying night time drive. Meanwhile, tense times lie ahead for Raja and Henry as the new millennium dawns.
5. He receives shocking news and he comes to a new understanding about the value of his friendship with Henry.
Raja Shehadeh’s books include Occupation Diaries; Language of War, Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks, which won the 2008 Orwell Prize. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian and Granta.
He is an award winning Palestinian writer, lawyer, and founder of the human right’s organisation, Al Haq.”

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Botw: No place to lay one’s head

every morning this week (monday 29th to friday 2nd), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4
no place to lay one’s head (by francoise frenkel) (read by samantha spiro) (in the book of the week series)

Francoise Frenkel‘s real life account of flight from Berlin on the ‘night of broken glass
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Botw: No place to lay one’s head

every morning this week (monday 29th to friday 2nd), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4
no place to lay one’s head (by francois frenkel) (read by samantha spiro) (in the book of the week series)

Francoise Frenkel‘s real life account of flight from Berlin on the ‘night of broken glass
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Botw: Blood and Milk

every morning for two weeks (monday 22nd to friday 2nd), 10.45-11.00am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 7.45pm)
blood and milk, by gregory evans, with bettrys jones, trystan gravelle, david horovitch, and brian protheroe (in the book of the week series)

“Thrilling new series set in 1890s Whitechapel. Welsh farm girl Megan Evans comes to London to visit her brother who is running the family’s dairy business – but her brother is strangely unwelcoming. …
To save both her brother and the family’s dairy business Megan must risk everything and confront the dangerous Moses Lipski.”

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