Eleanor Marx - A Life

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01Childhood20140505

Rachel Holmes's lively and engaging biography of Karl Marx's remarkable daughter.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the lively, engaging and informative life story of the daughter of Karl Marx. Beginning with Eleanor's upbringing in a happy and creative household - where she enjoyed the company of her parent's friends including Engels who was her godfather - and moving on to tell of her achievements as a feminist, and activist and also her troubled love life.

Her achievements are remarkable, she was instrumental in preserving her father's memory by sorting through his letters and laying the foundations for his biography. She was a pioneering feminist who made as profound a contribution to British political thought as Mary Wollstonecraft.

Her personal life was turned upside down by a family secret and a lover. She adored the socialist campaigner and would be playwright Edward Aveling, but he was a cheat and and broke her heart in a series of humiliations.

Rachel Holmes is the author of The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman. She is the co-editor, with Lisa Appignanesi and Susie Orbach, of Fifty Shades of Feminism.

Read by Tracy-ann Oberman who is perhaps best known for playing Chrissie Watts in Eastenders for two years. Radio 4 audiences have regularly enjoyed her performances in comedy and drama, and more recently she has written dramas for the network.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

01Childhood20140505

Rachel Holmes's lively and engaging biography of Karl Marx's remarkable daughter.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the lively, engaging and informative life story of the daughter of Karl Marx. Beginning with Eleanor's upbringing in a happy and creative household - where she enjoyed the company of her parent's friends including Engels who was her godfather - and moving on to tell of her achievements as a feminist, and activist and also her troubled love life.

Her achievements are remarkable, she was instrumental in preserving her father's memory by sorting through his letters and laying the foundations for his biography. She was a pioneering feminist who made as profound a contribution to British political thought as Mary Wollstonecraft.

Her personal life was turned upside down by a family secret and a lover. She adored the socialist campaigner and would be playwright Edward Aveling, but he was a cheat and and broke her heart in a series of humiliations.

Rachel Holmes is the author of The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman. She is the co-editor, with Lisa Appignanesi and Susie Orbach, of Fifty Shades of Feminism.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman who is perhaps best known for playing Chrissie Watts in Eastenders for two years. Radio 4 audiences have regularly enjoyed her performances in comedy and drama, and more recently she has written dramas for the network.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson.

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

02The Paris Commune20140506

1871: Eleanor and her sisters are caught up in the bloody events of the Paris Commune.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the lively, engaging and informative life story of the daughter of Karl Marx. Today, it is 1871 and the Paris Commune is underway. Eleanor and her sisters are caught up in the bloody events. Later, a bid for independent living is hampered by the strictures and social mores of the day.

Read by Tracy-ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard

02The Paris Commune20140506

1871: Eleanor and her sisters are caught up in the bloody events of the Paris Commune.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the lively, engaging and informative life story of the daughter of Karl Marx. Today, it is 1871 and the Paris Commune is underway. Eleanor and her sisters are caught up in the bloody events. Later, a bid for independent living is hampered by the strictures and social mores of the day.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

03Free Love20140507

Rachel Holmes's new book is the engaging and informative life story of the remarkable daughter of Karl Marx. Today, it is the 1880s and Eleanor falls in love and makes a difficult choice.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

It is the 1880s, and Eleanor falls in love and makes a difficult choice.

03Free Love20140507

It is the 1880s, and Eleanor falls in love and makes a difficult choice.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the engaging and informative life story of the remarkable daughter of Karl Marx. Today, it is the 1880s and Eleanor falls in love and makes a difficult choice.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

04A Secret20140508

Rachel Holmes's new book is the engaging and informative life story of the remarkable daughter of Karl Marx. Today, Eleanor's campaigns for equality are making inroads. Later, an unexpected revelation turns her world upside down and leaves her profoundly shaken.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

Eleanor's campaigns are making inroads, but an unexpected revelation leaves her shaken.

04A Secret20140508

Eleanor's campaigns are making inroads, but an unexpected revelation leaves her shaken.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the engaging and informative life story of the remarkable daughter of Karl Marx. Today, Eleanor's campaigns for equality are making inroads. Later, an unexpected revelation turns her world upside down and leaves her profoundly shaken.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

05 LASTLove And Betrayal20140509

The poignant conclusion finds Eleanor betrayed and humiliated by the man she loves.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the engaging and informative life story of the remarkable daughter of Karl Marx. Today, the poignant conclusion finds Eleanor betrayed and humiliated by the man she loves.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

05 LASTLove And Betrayal20140509

The poignant conclusion finds Eleanor betrayed and humiliated by the man she loves.

Rachel Holmes's new book is the engaging and informative life story of the remarkable daughter of Karl Marx. Today, the poignant conclusion finds Eleanor betrayed and humiliated by the man she loves.

Read by Tracy-Ann Oberman

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Produced by Elizabeth Allard.