The Book On One

    Monday to Friday, 11.10pm

    The Book on One is a celebration of writing from all over the world, with five 15-minute excerpts from a single book broadcast each week.

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    'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West 18-22 August

    Karen Ardiff reads Rebecca West's novel about a soldier in World War 1 who is sent home from the front suffering from shell-shock. Chris remembers nothing about the last fifteen years of his life.  He remembers his cousin Jenny from childhood. He doesn't remember his wife Kitty at all and he believes he is in love with Margaret, his first love of fifteen years before.  Eventually, all three are faced with the choice of leaving him as he is or of 'curing' him.

    'The Return of the Soldier' is published by Virago Modern Classics.

    Monday
    Tonight's excerpt is from the opening of the novel where Jenny and Kitty are at home thinking about Chris at the front. 

    Tuesday 
    In tonight’s episode, Chris is returning home. As a result of his injury he cannot remember anything of the last 15 years.  He thinks he is still in love with his first love, from fifteen years ago, Margaret.

    His wife Kitty and cousin Jenny are waiting for him anxiously. 

    Wednesday
    Chris has been sent home from the front to recover from his shell shock, but as a result of his injury he cannot remember anything of the last 15 years-  he doesn’t recognise his wife Kitty and thinks he is still in love with his first love, from fifteen years ago, Margaret.  

    Chris has asked to see Margaret and Kitty has agreed.  His cousin Jenny has gone to collect Margaret from her house.  Margaret is just getting ready to go with her. 

    Thursday
    Chris has been sent home from the front to recover, but as a result of his injury he cannot remember anything of the last 15 years-  he doesn’t recognise his wife Kitty and thinks he is still in love with his first love, from fifteen years ago, Margaret.  

    Chris and Margaret have been spending time together and in tonight’s episode, Chris’s cousin Jenny reflects on their relationship and on Chris’s supposed ‘madness’.

    Friday
    In tonight’s final episode, Margaret, Kitty and Chris’s cousin Jenny .....our narrator........are attending  a meeting with Dr. Anderson to discuss how to address Chris’s condition

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