Novelist Julian Barnes and biographer Hermione Lee conclude their exploration of Le Grand Meaulnes by researching the inspiration behind its female characters. The presenters recount Fournier's youthful infatuation with a Parisian woman, and how she was later reimagined as Yvonne de Galais in the novel, and also examine how a stay in London influenced the writer. Readings by Philip Franks from a translation by Frank Davison.
No year is complete without a bit of reading reflection, and as we gaze at 2019's shelves, we're more than a bit pleased with the boldness and breadth of the last 12 months of VINTAGE books. From an insider's look at the realities of modern-day poverty to an acclaimed expose of the data bias towards men, and a long-awaited, Booker-winning dystopian smash hit, here are 10 of the biggest highlights.
Man Booker prize winner Julian Barnes' latest novel The Only Story is a poignant and tender portrayal of first love. Read on for an extract