Woman's Hour

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Sleeplessness and new mothers, Margaret Drabble on Janet Frame, Are high street prices sexist?

January 21st, 2016

Episode 473 of 985 episodes

In November 2015 Woman's Hour spoke to Claire Throssell, mother to Jack and Paul, both killed in October 2014 by their father. Today Women's Aid, the domestic abuse charity, launches a major new campaign, 'Child First'. The campaign calls on the family courts and the Government to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family court judiciary. Their report 'Nineteen Child Homicides', details cases of children intentionally killed by a parent who was also known as a perpetrator of domestic abuse. Jane is joined by Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Woman's Aid and Anthony Douglas, CEO of CAFCASS, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. The Women and Equalities Select Committee has announced that it will conduct an enquiry into the claims of sexist high street pricing that made the front page of the Times yesterday. We're joined by the committee chair Marie Miller MP and journalist Daisy Buchannan to ask why that pink razor costs more. Sleeplessness after giving birth: How does this affect new mothers and what can be done to deal with a lack of sleep? Clinical psychologist Mia Scotland and Professor Jim Horne, Director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, talk to Jane about how to combat sleeplessness and when to get help. We celebrate the New Zealand author Janet Frame, who spent 8 years in mental hospitals in her twenties and escaped only when officials realised she was a prize winning writer. This month Frame's first novel "Owls Do Cry," is republished. The author Margaret Drabble has written its introduction and discusses the brilliant, reclusive author. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

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