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Weekend Woman's Hour: The Girl on the Train, Jo Brand, Amanda Knox, Rosie Ayliffe

October 1st, 2016

Episode 705 of 985 episodes

The Girl On The Train. As the book which became an international best seller is released as a film starring Emily Blunt, Emily and author Paula Hawkins discuss its themes. Following her murder of her daughter Mia Ayliffe Chung in August in a remote farmworkers' hostel while backpacking in Australia, Rosie Ayliffe explains why she's campaigning to improve conditions for young casual workers. Jo Brand tells us how she wants to change perceptions of social work by combining social work and comedy in her new Channel 4 series, Damned. Novelist Charlotte Mendelson reveals how her love of gardening distracts her from writing. She talks of her love of 'extreme allotmenteering' as an obsession and an addiction, and her garden as a 'laughably small, tiny jungle' in her first book of non-fiction, Rhapsody In Green. As a new documentary looks at the complicated case of Amanda Knox - convicted and acquitted twice in Italy of the murder of Meredith Kercher - Joan Smith analyses what the film tells us about attitudes to women and the influence of a scandal hungry press. As two new autobiographies by Jeremy Paxman and Bruce Springsteen blame their fathers for psychological troubles, we ask if an emotionally neglectful or abusive father can do damage which lasts a lifetime. Research Psychologist Dr David Cohen, and Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at University College London, join Jenni to explain the evidence. And young actress Letitia Wright. One of Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow, she now has her first leading role in a film called Urban Hymn. She describes to Jane how her early teenage passion for acting and her naïve, but dogged perseverance eventually paid off with her very first acting roles.

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