Woman's Hour

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Marguerite Patten, Patti Smith, Leather

November 7th, 2015

Episode 411 of 985 episodes

The home economist and cook Marguerite Patten would have been 100 this week. Her daughter Judith tells us why she wants everyone to cook a Marguerite Patten recipe in her honour and Rosemary Moon, the Chair of the Guild of Food Writers committee explains Marguerite's appeal and influence. The legendary singer, songwriter and poet, Patti Smith talks about her new memoir M Train on the 40th anniversary of her hugely celebrated 1975 album Horses. Author Kate Mosse tells us why Chimamanda Ungozi Adichie's book for Half of a Yellow Sun is the best book written by a woman in the last ten years. Angelina Jolie took action to prevent breast cancer when she knew she had the gene that made her more likely to develop it, why would others with a family history refuse to be tested? We hear from Renee Maguire who lost her sister to the disease and to Emma East who has a family history of Motor Neurone Disease about their decision. Claire Throssell's two young son's Jack and Paul died as a result of a fire in their family home started deliberately by their father. Claire takes us back to that day. We hear how autism can affect teenage girls and young women from Alis Rowe who is 26 and has Asperger's Syndrome and Sam Ramsay who has twin daughters one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Leather is back in fashion for Autumn/Winter 2015. So how should you wear your leather or pleather skirts, jackets and leggings? Stacey Duguid Fashion Director of The Pool.com and journalist Lowri Turner give us their personal and expert opinions.

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