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Sadie Jones - The Outcast

August 7th, 2014

Episode 393 of 428 episodes

With James Naughtie. Sadie Jones talks about her novel The Outcast which won the Costa First Novel award in 2008. The book is about a boy called Lewis - his childhood and adolescence - as he grows up in the stultifying world of the home counties in the late forties and fifties. It's a tale of drunkenness, violence and a fair amount of sex, set amongst the well-brought-up professional classes. It is also a love story. Sadie says : There's something fascinating about the 50s, the cataclysm of the war and the 60s. We all think about this explosion of freedom, but caught in between it was ten years of breath held and that fascinated me. August's Bookclub : A Question of Loyalties by Allan Massie (1989) Presenter : James Naughtie Interviewed Guest : Sadie Jones Producer : Dymphna Flynn.