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Silver Sound 26 August 2016: Bad Girls and Dromomania



Today’s guest was Bristol novelist Jean Burnett, a self-confessed dromomaniac (someone addicted to travelling), who talked to us about the travels which inspired her book Vagabond Shoes. Jean has always been fascinated by the memoirs of Victorian women travellers and so she decided to follow in their footsteps. The book includes quotes and advice from some of the doughty women who went before her – ladies, never take more than one carpet bag! Jean talked about some of her own hair-raising adventures which included staying in a haunted museum in France and travelling with a bodyguard in Georgia.

In addition, Jean has written two novels about Lydia Bennett, the “bad Miss Bennett” of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. They are Who Needs Mr Darcy and The Bad Miss Bennett Abroad.

Jean also told us about creative writing classes she’s running for the over 55s with Link Age – Write with a Bite – the classes start at 12.30 on 23 September 2016 at Henbury Library. No need to book, just come along – and don’t forget your sandwich!  

Find out more about Jean Burnett and her books here - http://www.jeanburnett.co.uk/

Penny presented the show as usual, and George Moss was in the studio to read out some “good news” stories as an antidote to the doom and gloom that usually dominates the news.

You can listen to the show here


Silver Sound is broadcast by BCfm between 10 am and mid day on Thursdays and Fridays. I’ll be back on the show on 9 September 2016 with another fabulous guest!

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