Woman's Hour

BBC Radio 4

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Brix Smith Start, Tanya Byron, Maggie O'Farrell

May 17th, 2016

Episode 580 of 985 episodes

Brix Smith Start, former guitarist with The Fall, on her life, career and memoir The Rise, The Fall and The Rise. Does the lifestyle you share with your partner have a greater influence on your chance of becoming overweight than your upbringing? Clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron believes it does and looks at the problem in her new BBC One series Lose Weight for Love. She speaks to couples who are locked in a cycle of over-eating that threatens not only their health, but their relationship. Jane speaks to Professor Byron about why couples are more likely to become obese together and speaks to Lisa and Steve who took part in the programme. Maggie O'Farrell on her latest novel, This Must Be the Place. After her hugely successful debut, After You'd Gone, Maggie went on to win the Somerset Maugham Award for The Distance Between Us and the 2010 Costa Novel Award for Instructions for a Heatwave. In this latest novel, she introduces us to Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway. Maggie joins Jane in the studio. At least 1 in 5 adults over 50, in the UK aren't parents. This may or may not be choice based but either way it means that 20% of older people do not have children to offer help or support in old age. Kirsty Woodard is the founder of 'Ageing Without Children' and talks about the findings in their report 'Our Voices'. Ming Ho recently turned 50 and tells us her about her concerns about growing older on her own. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Tanya Byron Interviewed guest: Brix Smith Start Interviewed guest: Maggie O'Farrell Interviewed guest: Kirsty Woodard.

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