A Good Read - Claire Fox and Lisa Appignanesi
This week's guests in the studio to recommend their favourite paperbacks with Sue MacGregor are Lisa Appignanesi and Claire Fox. Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist, writer and broadcaster who was born in Poland and grew up in France and Canada before coming to England as a graduate student. She's President of English PEN, the worldwide association of writers which campaigns for freedom of expression, has translated a number of books from French into English and has edited many volumes of writing and essays by major international figures. Her own latest book, Mad, Bad and Sad, a History of Women and the Mind Doctors, asks why women are more often put in these categories than men, and has won several awards. She's written a memoir of her own family, ten novels that span a range of fictional genres, and books about Simone de Beauvoir, Proust and Freud among others. She currently writing a book about love which will be out next Spring.
Claire Fox is the Director of the Institute of Ideas, a regular panellist on Radio 4's The Moral Maze and appears frequently on the panels of many other radio and television programmes. She was a mental health worker and lecturer before becoming co-publisher of the controversial journal LM (formerly known as Living Marxism), and continues to pursue a career-long interest in education, social issues and the arts. She's a Member of the European Cultural Parliament and sits on the Advisory Board of the Economic Policy Centre. Every year she convenes the Institute of Ideas' flagship event, the Battle of Ideas festival - the next one will take place in London at the end of October.