The most significant events in the history of books on the 14th of October
1888: Katherine Mansfield is born. This pioneer of the modernist short story was born in New Zealand, but became a success in Britain in the early 1920s, shortly before her premature death from tuberculosis in 1923. Her most important and acclaimed writing is probably the stories contained in The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922). Shortly before her death, fellow modernist writer D. H. Lawrence – with whom Mansfield had formerly been on speaking terms – sent her a rather nasty note that read: ‘you are a loathsome reptile I hope you will die’. Lawrence would himself die from tuberculosis seven years later.
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By Sara Read
The ongoing explosive storyline between Helen and Rob Titchener being played out on the BBC Radio 4 show, The Archers has attracted a lot of attention. The plot is one of domestic abuse by coercive and controlling behaviour, which culminated in Helen stabbing Rob in Sunday night’s episode (3.4.16 available on Listen Again here). If you’re not familiar with the story so far, you can catch up here. Listeners have been spellbound by the plot which has been played out slowly to match the reality of the build-up of this abuse in as close to a real-life timeframe a possible.
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