Vinegar Girl [Anne Tyler]

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Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew follows the story of college drop-out Kate Battista, who keeps house for her widowed father and fifteen year old sister, Bianca.

Kate also works at a preschool nursery where her forthright ways win her the affection of the children but are not appreciated by the school's principal who would prefer her to exercise a little tact, restraint and diplomacy when dealing with the parents.

When her obsessively dedicated scientist father makes uncharacteristic use of his mobile phone to summon her to his lab, she is not prepared for what he has in mind.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Read by Liza Ross
Abridged by Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

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Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

Kate has been introduced to her father's research assistant Pyotr, in a somewhat staged encounter. Already her forthright manner has caused him to describe her as 'rude-spoken', but nonetheless Pyotr manages to bump into her on her way home from the nursery school where she works.

Kate and Bunny's mother died when Bunny was a baby, and since she dropped out of college (after a disagreement with her biology lecturer) Kate has managed the household for her father and teenage sister.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

Read by Liza Ross.

A Waters Company Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in June 2016.

After Kate meets her father's research assistant Pyotr, he manages to bump into her.

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20201112 (BBC7)
As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and, fearful that it will not be renewed, Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

After all it's not as if Kate has a boyfriend or a bevy of admirers like her pretty sister, Bunny.

Kate responds with anger and humiliation, but her father is still determined to pursue his plan.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

042016061620201112 (BBC7)
20201113 (BBC7)
As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

After all it's not as if Kate has a boyfriend or a bevy of admirers like her pretty sister, Bunny.

Pyotr has paid a visit to Kate at home and apologised for offending her. Dr Battista is determined to see the fact that she responded graciously to his apology as progress, and is still keen to persuade her to at least consider his plan. Without Pyotr he is convinced that he would be unable to successfully complete his research, which he believes to be at a crucial stage.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

052016061720201113 (BBC7)
20201114 (BBC7)
As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

After all it's not as if Kate has a boyfriend or a bevy of admirers like her pretty sister, Bunny.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with daughters Kate and Bunny in Baltimore.

He's desperate to keep his brilliant young researcher Pyotr, whose visa is set to expire in weeks.

Pyotr has now apologised over the Doctor's plan for him to marry Dr Battista's daughter Kate in order to get a visa.

This has left Kate wondering what she should do next...

Written by Anne Tyler.

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in June 2016.

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Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with daughters Kate and Bunny in Baltimore.

Kate has agreed to marry her father's brilliant research assistant Pyotr, so that he can stay on in the US to assist in the doctor's experiments.

Kate is not very sure about the enterprise but she has committed herself to helping out her father.

Written by Anne Tyler

Read by Liza Ross

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

After all it's not as if Kate has a boyfriend or a bevy of admirers like her pretty sister, Bunny.

Kate Battista has agreed to marry her father's research assistant Pyotr, so that he can stay on in the US to assist in Dr Battista's experiments. Kate is not very sure about the enterprise but she has committed herself to helping out her father.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

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20201118 (BBC7)
Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny in Baltimore..

Kate has agreed to marry Pyotr, in order for the researcher to get a visa to stay in the USA.

On the morning of the wedding Kate's sister Bunny has already reminded her that she doesn't need to marry him simply to please their father. But Kate remains committed, and she and her father and Bunny, arrive at the church where her mother's brother – Theron - is to conduct the ceremony.

Written by Anne Tyler

Read by Liza Ross

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

On the morning of the wedding Kate's sister Bunny has already reminded her that she doesn't need to marry Pyotr simply to please their father. But Kate remains committed, and she and her father and Bunny, arrive at the church where her mother's brother – Theron - is to conduct the ceremony.

Pyotr has paid a visit to Kate at home and apologised for offending her. Dr Battista is determined to see the fact that she responded graciously to his apology as progress, and is still keen to persuade her to at least consider his plan. Without Pyotr he is convinced that he would be unable to successfully complete his research, which he believes to be at a crucial stage.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

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Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny in Baltimore.

Kate has agreed to marry Pyotr, in order for the researcher to get a visa to stay in the USA.

After the break in at the lab, Pyotr is restless and longs to find the culprit. But time is limited as they are the guests of honour at the wedding reception.

Written by Anne Tyler

Read by Liza Ross

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel.Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

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As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

Kate and Pyotr arrive late for their own wedding reception as the drama of the lab break-in unfolds, but they are soon celebrating their marriage with the whole family.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

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20201121 (BBC7)
As part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project authors of international standing have been invited to select a play and to write a contemporary version of it as a novel. Anne Tyler's response to The Taming of the Shrew is set in Baltimore where Dr Battista, an obsessively dedicated scientist, lives with his two daughters Kate and Bunny.

He spends most of his waking hours at the lab where he is assisted by a brilliant young researcher called Pyotr. But Pyotr's three year visa is set to expire in a few weeks and fearful that it will not be renewed Dr Battista has suggested that his eldest daughter Kate might marry Pyotr and resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction – except hers.

Following a somewhat chaotic wedding ceremony and a dash by Pyotr to catch the liberator of their lab-mice - once they realised who was responsible - order has been restored at last. Now the wedding celebrations can begin in earnest, with congratulations to the happy couple and a glimpse into what their future holds, despite their rather unconventional courtship.

Anne Tyler's previous novels include Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1983), The Accidental Tourist (1985) and Breathing Lessons (1988). All three were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with Breathing Lessons winning the prize for 1989. She has also won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Ambassador Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2012 she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Written by Anne Tyler
Read by Liza Ross
Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in June 2016.

Anne Tyler's contemporary response to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.