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Nicola Adams, Amy Schumer, Eating disorders and university

September 10th, 2016

Episode 684 of 722 episodes

Nicola Adams became the Olympics' first female boxing champion at the London 2012 games and successfully retained her flyweight title this year in Rio. Nicola talks about her Olympic experiences and what she plans to do next. The award winning comedian Amy Schumer has gained many fans with her honest, feminist, no-holds-barred jokes. She tells Jane what inspires her comedy. Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means is the first full-length biography of Dame Beryl Bainbridge and is Radio 4's Book of the Week. We hear from author Brendan King and from Alex Clark about the woman behind the eccentric public persona. We look at how a young person with an eating disorder can have a successful transition to University. Abigail Davies is recovering from anorexia and discusses what University was like for her with Danielle Glennon, a specialist clinician at the Maudsley NHS Trust and Rachel Piper the Policy Manager for Student Minds; a student mental health charity. Grace Oakshott was a founder of the Women's Industrial Council in 1894 helping to improve women's lives. But it appears she faked her own death at the age of 35. The writer Jocelyn Robson tells us about evidence she has found of Grace's second life under a new identity in New Zealand. Do you love or loathe this change of season from the long days of summer to the cooler, darker days of autumn? We hear from journalists Judith Woods and Hannah Betts and the author Cath Staincliffe on what they feel about the change of seasons. A new play 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' is about a group of teenage girls hell bent on having a good time. But is their swearing and drinking a true portrayal of what it's really like to be teenager today? We hear from 18 year old Ella and 17 year old Roxanne and from the play's director Vicky Featherstone. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Jane Thurlow.