The Good Plain Cook - by Bethan Roberts - NEW BBC Radio Audiobook - cheops
Sian Thomas reads from Bethan Roberts`s novel set in the summer of 1936, abridged by Elizabeth Burke.
It`s the long, hot summer of 1936 and Kitty Allen has just been employed as a `good plain cook` at the Sussex cottage of the rich American bohemian Ellen Steinberg`s. Innocent Kitty is shocked and fascinated by the unconventional household, which consists of Ellen, her poet lover and her awkward 11-year-old daughter, Geenie. As the weeks pass, all the inmates of the cottage find their preconceptions being challenged, and find that at the end of the summer, their lives have changed forever...
Bethan Roberts`s second novel was inspired by a summer she spent as a teenager snooping around Peggy Guggenheim`s house in Venice. After discovering the wealthy heiress had lived briefly in rural Sussex and had famously complained about her `good plain cook`s unsophisticated culinary skills, Cole had the idea for her story. This is the perfect beach novel - the skilled writing, which draws you into another time and place, intriguing characters and hint of decadent romance make it an engaging, entertaining read.
`Her writing demonstrates an acute awareness of gathering tension... Roberts looks set to be one of the must-read novelists of the summer` ( Metro )
Five episodes of approximately 15 minutes each.
Book Published on July 3rd 2008.
First broadcast from 11th - 15th August 2008 as BBC Radio 4 `Book at Bedtime`.
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