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0120090518

Pooky Quesnel reads from Lillian Pizzichini's biography of the author Jean Rhys, best known for the 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea.

Jean will one day lead a dramatic and colourful life in Paris, Vienna and London, but life begins for her on the Windward Island of Dominica.

Life begins for Jean on the Windward Island of Dominica.

0220090519

Arriving from the West Indies at the age of 17, Jean is sent to a chilly girls' school in Cambridge.

0320090520

Jean becomes a chorus girl in Edwardian London and learns about love the hard way.

0420090521

Now married but still penniless, things start to look up for Jean when she moves to Vienna in 1920.

05 LAST20090522

Pooky Quesnel reads from Lillian Pizzichini's biography of the author Jean Rhys, best known for the 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea.

It is now the 1930s and Jean has become an established writer, but it will be 30 years before she delivers her best-known work.

It is now the 1930s and Jean has become an established writer.