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0120101115Written by Jenny Diski.
Jenny uses her own life as a framework to offer an entertaining and rigorous examination of our relationship to the wild and the stuffed, the cuddly and the caged.
Beginning with the early rescue of a bird in Regent's Park, and an indifferent relationship to childhood pets she moves on to look at the way in which fictional animal characters are used to explain the ways of the human world to children.
Adulthood brings a series of relationships with cats and the thorny question of how we talk to animals, or if we can.
Jacques Derrida and Dr Dolittle are both enlisted to help.
A fear of spiders reveals the lurking possibility of darker traumas; a visit to a sheep farm confronts us with innocent charm and lunch; whilst an attempt at horse-riding provokes the question, 'who's in charge ?'
Read by Lesley Manville
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
A witty and thoughtful account of our relationship to the tame, the wild and the cuddly.
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Can we ever really hope to communicate with non-human animals? And what on earth would we discuss? French philosopher Jacques Derrida and fictional character Dr Dolittle are both roped into the debate.
Read by Lesley Manville
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
A witty and thoughtful account of our relationship to the tame, the wild and the cuddly.
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0320101117Written by Jenny Diski.
Lambs are either innocent and full of joy as in Blake's Songs of Innocence, or they are simply part of a production line for lunch.
Or both.
The author visits a sheep farm.
Read by Lesley Manville
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
A witty and thoughtful account of our relationship to the tame, the wild and the cuddly.
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0420101118Written by Jenny Diski.
Animals can be both help and hindrance in the living out of our daily lives.
Arachnophobia can be a crippling condition but there is help on hand as Jenny Diski discovers.
Read by Lesley Manville
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
A witty and thoughtful account of our relationship to the tame, the wild and the cuddly.
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Written by Jenny Diski.
Who's in charge ? master or animal ? Horse and rider.
Jenny Diski observes our relationship with animals from horseback.
Read by Lesley Manville
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.
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