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A treat for Valentine’s Day

This may be quite rash of me as I am about to recommend something that I have never read. How about that for a new concept?!  But I am quite confident you will like it!

Let me give you a bit of background.  In March last year I happened to be in the car coming home from somewhere or other (that bit is not important) at the time when the afternoon play was just starting on BBC Radio 4.  Now, I don’t have a digital radio in my car, it’s too old and there is only so much Jeremy Vine I can take.  In fact, let me re-phrase that, I can’t bear Jeremy Vine and I feel too old for Radio 1, (it’s just noise isn’t it?), so in the car it’s Radio 4.

imgres-2I was instantly drawn in by the dulcit tones of David Tennant.  The play was an adaptation of the international bestselling German language book Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer.  The concept is quite simple, two people fall in love via email.  The chemistry between the two characters Leo (David Tennant) and Emmi (Emilia Fox), was mesmerising and before I knew it I was home and sitting in the car on the drive waiting for the end.  I literally did not want to miss a second.  I immediately told my friend who likes True Blood and she listened on the iplayer.  We agreed that it was the best thing we’d heard on the radio for a long time.   Since then, I have read several reviews of the book, but never quite got round to reading it myself.

imgres-3But wait – it gets better.  You will never guess what is happening now?  Later today Radio 4 is broadcasting the sequel to Love Virtually with the same cast.  Every Seventh Wave is going out at 2.15 on Radio 4 – and I will definitely be tuning in.  Now, I’ve read a lot of fiction lately about grief, loss and loneliness so you might be forgiven for thinking I don’t have a romantic bone in my body.  But that is where you would be very wrong.  In fact I adore a good love story, as long as it’s not too cheesy.  The radio version of Love Virtually ended with me wanting to know more about what happened to Leo and Emmi so I am really excited about this new adaptation and just hope it is as good as the first installment.

For those of you who want to listen to Every Seventh Wave live on Radio 4, but maybe missed Love Virtually last year, you can catch up with it on YouTube as it is no longer available on the iplayer.

You can also read an extract from Every Seventh Wave here

Happy Valentine’s day to all you romantics out there!

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We all need a little romance…

Indeed we do!  I know there is always a bit of backlash against Valentine’s Day; what of all the single people out there, it’s become so commercial, if we really love someone there shouldn’t need to be one day a year where we express it…blah blah.  But come on, who, hand on heart, doesn’t enjoy a little romance every now and again.  Whether that be a real life romance or experienced vicariously through a good book or film.  I know I do.  I normally get my love story fix over the Christmas period, but hey, anytime will do.  Now, I love a trashy rom-com as much as the next girl, but there is nothing like a beautifully described love story that has you turning the page, willing the protagonists to get together, knowing they are right for each other even if they don’t, gulping at every misjudged word or deed, cursing every mistake they make along their journey to discovering each other and (hopefully) finally being together.

So, if you fancy a little bookish romance in your life, you may like to try one of these:

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
  • One Day – David Nicholls
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  • Brokeback Mountain – Annie Prouix (strictly speaking, a short story, but who cares)
  • Trumpet – Jackie Kay

P.S. The list is not exhaustive!!