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#8 Joanna Trollope on Fiction, Family and Feminism

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Release Date: 05/08/2020

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Three Fs have been a consistent part of international bestseller Joanna Trollope's life:

Fiction, family and feminism. She explains why here.

The international bestseller says, “There will always be women who want to stay at home in the kitchen and make jam tarts with the three-year-old, and there will always be women who want to rule the world.”

Which kind is she?

And why does Jane Austen inspire her?

This episode also includes a tribute to poet extraordinaire Eavan Boland from writer Colum McCann.

For more on Joanna Trollope’s latest novel Mum & Dad follow the link https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/joanna-trollope/mum-dad/9781529003383

For more on Joanna Trollope follow the link https://www.joannatrollope.com

Presented and Produced by Martina Devlin

Music by Daragh Dukes