Angela Carter’s surreal imagination produced some of the most dazzling fiction of the last century. Pioneering her own distinctive brand of ‘magic realism,’ works like The Magic Toyshop and Nights at the Circus cracked open the middle-class conventions of the postwar novel and influenced a new generation of writers.
Earth’s Natural Wonders are among the most extreme places to live on the planet. From soaring mountains to deep oceans, people need bravery and ingenuity to survive within them.
For decades, Margaret Atwood has been universally acclaimed as Canada’s greatest living writer. Fearlessly outspoken in life and in her work, Atwood has always been an unrelenting provocateur. Now at the age of 77, her star shines brighter and bolder than ever with an explosive television adaptation of her best-known work The Handmaid’s Tale, which was first published in 1985. It is a dystopian work of speculative fiction set in the future, which has drawn comparison with aspects of Donald Trump’s leadership, in particular the charges of misogyny which have inflamed anti-Trump campaigners across America.
Alan Yentob meets Margaret Atwood in Toronto and discovers how a childhood spent between the Canadian wilderness and the city helped shape her vision of herself and the world, set alight her imagination and set her forth on a path to literary success.
The youngest person with motor neurone disease in Scotland, Lucy Lintott, is becoming paralysed – she can no longer walk unassisted and she’s losing her voice – not great for a chatterbox like Lucy. Even thoughshe’s been given only a few years to live, Lucy is determined to do what 22 year olds do – including dating. Over a six-month period, this lover of food and country music reveals how she is struggling to hold on to her personality and her infectious laugh. Lucy visits Newcastle where she meets a stand-up comedian who can still crack a joke even though he can’t speak. At a clinic in Edinburgh, Lucy’s voice is recorded with her sister’s, to create a personalised synthetic voice. And in an emotional photographic sitting with portrait photographer Rankin, Lucy confronts two polarised parts of herself – the perfect Lucy pre-diagnosis, and the broken Lucy three years after diagnosis.