The Vanishing Act Of Esme Lennox [Maggie O'farrell]

Episodes

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01Let Us Begin With Two Girls At A Dance2006101620160704 (BBC7)
20160705 (BBC7)

Esme remembers the troubles of childhood, whilst Iris contends with life today.

'Let us begin with two girls at a dance. One sits on a chair, opening and shutting a dance-card with gloved fingers. The other stands beside her, watching the dance unfold: the circling couples, the bounce of the floor. It begins here'.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret and a life stolen.

Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron begin Maggie O'Farrell's highly acclaimed novel set between the conventions of 1930's Edinburgh and the freedoms of today.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron begin Maggie O'Farrell's highly acclaimed novel set between the conventions of 1930's Edinburgh and the freedoms of today.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Producer: Di Speirs

02You've Got A Visitor2006102320160705 (BBC7)
20160706 (BBC7)
Will Iris be able to care for Esme, after she is discharged from a psychiatric unit?

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

2: Esme Lennox has been confined to a psychiatric hospital for 60 years. Her great-niece Iris has only just learned of her existence.

Read by Hannah Gordon and Frances Grey.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

Read by Hannah Gordon and Frances Grey.

02You've Got A Visitor20160705Will Iris be able to care for Esme, after she is discharged from a psychiatric unit?

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

02You've Got A Visitor2016070620160705 (BBC7)Will Iris be able to care for Esme, after she is discharged from a psychiatric unit?

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

2: Esme Lennox has been confined to a psychiatric hospital for 60 years. Her great-niece Iris has only just learned of her existence.

Read by Hannah Gordon and Frances Grey.

03Daughters Who Just Don't Listen20160706Iris tries to find out why her great-aunt Esme was put into a psychiatric unit.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

03Daughters Who Just Don't Listen20160707
03Daughters Who Just Don't Listen2016071320160706 (BBC7)
20160707 (BBC7)
Iris tries to find out why her great-aunt Esme was put into a psychiatric unit.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

3: Why was Esme incarcerated in an asylum? Iris goes in search of some answers and discovers a shameful past.

Read by Hannah Gordon and Frances Grey.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

Read by Hannah Gordon and Frances Grey.

04The Granddaughter Of An Advocate20160707Esme is released from the psychiatric unit and thinks about the past.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

04The Granddaughter Of An Advocate20160708
04The Granddaughter Of An Advocate2016071420160707 (BBC7)
20160708 (BBC7)
Esme is released from the psychiatric unit and thinks about the past.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

4: As Esme gets her first taste of freedom for over 60 years, forgotten memories of her privileged past are reawakened. Meanwhile, Iris must find her a home.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged in 10 parts by Sally Marmion.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

05I Would Like To Go To The Sea2006102020160708 (BBC7)
20160709 (BBC7)
Released from the psychiatric unit, Esme returns to an old family haunt.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

05I Would Like To Go To The Sea2016071520160708 (BBC7)
20160709 (BBC7)
Released from the psychiatric unit, Esme returns to an old family haunt.

By Maggie O'Farrell, abridged by Sally Marmion.

5/10. Esme returns to an old family haunt.

Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

06Like Sugar In Water2006102320061027
20160711 (BBC7)
20160712 (BBC7)
Kitty remembers how her sister Esme's behaviour reflected badly on her.

Iris has rescued her newly discovered great-aunt Esme from the institution where she's been for 61 years. But only her grandmother Kitty - whose mind is now fractured with Alzheimer's - remembers the whole story of her sister's past.

Poignant story of the shameful treatment of unconventional women in the 1930s and the lengths a woman might go to, for the thing she wants most.

Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron continue Maggie O'Farrell's highly acclaimed novel set between the conventions of 1930's Edinburgh and the freedoms of today.

Abridged by Sally Marmion

Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

Kitty remembers how her sister Esme's behaviour reflected badly on her.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

07I'm Not Going To Get Married, To Anyone20061030
07I'm Not Going To Get Married, To Anyone2006110320160712 (BBC7)
20160713 (BBC7)
To her family's surprise, Esme has a highly desirable suitor.

To her family's surprise, Esme has a highly desirable suitor. Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

07I'm Not Going To Get Married, To Anyone20160712To her family's surprise, Esme has a highly desirable suitor.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

07I'm Not Going To Get Married, To Anyone20160713
08She Wouldn't Stop Screaming2006102520160713 (BBC7)
20160714 (BBC7)
Esme's tragic fate is sealed amid the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

08She Wouldn't Stop Screaming2016072020160713 (BBC7)
20160714 (BBC7)
Esme's tragic fate is sealed amid the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh.

Esme's tragic fate is sealed amid the New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

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Secrets are revealed as Kitty and Esme's memories collide.
092006110120160714 (BBC7)Secrets are revealed as Kitty and Esme's memories collide. Read by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.
09She Wouldn't Let Go Of The Baby20160714Secrets are revealed as Kitty and Esme's memories collide.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

09She Wouldn't Let Go Of The Baby20160715
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1020160715 (BBC7)After 61 years, Esme knows the truth and confronts her sister, Kitty. Concluded by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.
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20160716 (BBC7)
After 61 years, Esme knows the truth and confronts her sister, Kitty.
102016072220160715 (BBC7)
20160716 (BBC7)
After 61 years, Esme knows the truth and confronts her sister, Kitty.

After 61 years, Esme knows the truth and confronts her sister, Kitty. Concluded by Hannah Gordon, Frances Grey and Eleanor Bron.

10Can We Visit Kitty Today?20160715After 61 years, Esme knows the truth and confronts her sister, Kitty.

The haunting story of a terrible family secret begins in the 1930s

10Can We Visit Kitty Today?20160716