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    Dancing on Air

    Dancing on Air

    From a ballet stream to Homer's wine-dark sea. Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas are joined by the historian and critic Judith Flanders to review the return of dance with new offerings from the Akram Khan Company and the Royal Ballet, and the novelist and poet Will Eaves returns to the Odyssey to explore the nature of memory. 


    Back on Stage – The Royal Ballet, available online until November 8th
    The Silent Burn Project – Akram Khan Company
    Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer – Barbican, until January 2021, then at the V&A Dundee
     
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    • 49 min
    Milk as Metaphor

    Milk as Metaphor

    From a carvery lunch in Howards End to emotional Eurocrats. Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas are joined by Norma Clarke to discuss the role in literary creation of food and its increasingly fraught means of production, and Russell Williams reports on the bookshops of Paris during lockdown and reviews the new novel by a totemic figure in French literature, Jean-Philippe Toussaint.


    The Literature of Food: An introduction from 1830 to present by Nicola Humble
    Farm to Form: Modernist literature and ecologies of food in the British Empire by Jessica Martell
    Read My Plate: The literature of food by Deborah R. Geis
    The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Food, edited by J. Michelle Coghlan
    Les Émotions by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
     
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    Seduction and Uprisings

    Seduction and Uprisings

    From Ovid to the "Black Spartacus". Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas are joined by the TLS's classics editor Mary Beard to pick apart the story of "seduction", ancient and modern, the poet Fiona Benson reads her latest work, and the TLS's history editor David Horspool explores two accounts of America's domestic slave trade and a new biography of Toussaint Louverture.


    Strange Antics: A history of seduction by Clement Knox
    Williams’ Gang: A notorious slave trader and his cargo of Black convicts by Jeff Forret 
    Sweet Taste of Liberty: A true story of slavery and restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel
    Black Spartacus: The epic life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh
     
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    • 48 min
    Murder at the Opera

    Murder at the Opera

    From Poirot on the River Nile to Verdi's take on the infamous Scottish play. Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas talk to writer Laura Thompson about the work of Agatha Christie and how she managed to move with the times, and Professor Larry Wolff joins us from Florence to discuss the tentative return of live opera in Italy with Verdi's Macbeth at the Parma Verdi Festival.
     
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    • 48 min
    Books! Books! Books!

    Books! Books! Books!

    Toby Lichtig talks us through this year's Booker shortlisted novels, plus a couple of others, and Lucy Dallas reports on the French scene (where real life and fiction blur...); finally, we explore the situation in Israel and Palestine from three rather different perspectives.


    An Army Like No Other: How the Israel Defence Forces made a nation by Haim Bresheeth-Zabner 
    The Conflict over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine campus debate by Kenneth S. Stern
    The new peace? – Israel’s unexpected ray of light by Ari Shavit – www.the-TLS.co.uk
     
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    Sex and the City of Ladies

    Sex and the City of Ladies

    In 1405, Christine de Pisan took up the pen in defense of her maligned sex, imagining a 'City of Ladies' in which the most virtuous female leaders of history might be preserved from the distortions of misogyny. Six hundred years later, with Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia and Catherine the Great as her guides, the novelist and historian Lisa Hilton revisits the City to shake the foundations of the way we write about power
     
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    • 24 min

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