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0120130211

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great and varied ambitions, confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way, as relevant today as when it was written.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0120130211

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great and varied ambitions, confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way, as relevant today as when it was written.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0220130212

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Things don't go so well after the Ladies Day Lunch - and Esther remembers the first time Buddy Willard kissed her, at the Yale Junior Prom.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0220130212

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Things don't go so well after the Ladies Day Lunch - and Esther remembers the first time Buddy Willard kissed her, at the Yale Junior Prom.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0320130213

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Buddy reveals himself and Esther decides to be seduced.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0320130213

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Buddy reveals himself and Esther decides to be seduced.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0420130214

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Buddy offers something new and Esther meets a woman-hater.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0420130214

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Buddy offers something new and Esther meets a woman-hater.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0520130215

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Home from New York, Esther faces a summer in the suburbs and finds herself slipping into lethargy and at a loss.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitizer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs.

0520130215

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: Home from New York, Esther faces a summer in the suburbs and finds herself slipping into lethargy and at a loss.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitizer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs.

0620130218

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way and increasingly at a loss.

Today: In a dark episode, Doctor Gordon tries a shocking treatment and Esther tries to take matters into her own hands.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs.

0620130218

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way and increasingly at a loss.

Today: In a dark episode, Doctor Gordon tries a shocking treatment and Esther tries to take matters into her own hands.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs.

0720130219

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way and increasingly at a loss.

Today: A new hospital and a new doctor - finally Esther finds someone who understands and offers hope.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

0720130219

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way and increasingly at a loss.

Today: A new hospital and a new doctor - finally Esther finds someone who understands and offers hope.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

08 LAST20130220

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: With Doctor Nolan's help, Esther can finally fly free.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs

08 LAST20130220

Sylvia Plath's haunting and only novel is fifty years old and is broadcast for the first time in celebration of the anniversary. The novel tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented girl with a prestigious internship on a magazine in New York in 1953. With dreams of becoming a writer and an impressive track record of scholarships and prizes, Esther seems to have it all - and knows she should be 'having the time of her life'. But between the cocktail parties and the piles of manuscripts, unsatisfactory men and the choices ahead, she finds herself spiralling into confusion and depression. As she retreats from the world in despair, she will attempt suicide and find herself in the world of the asylum before finding a way through.

The Bell Jar is both darkly funny and acutely observed, capturing in vivid and witty prose the society Plath inhabited in the 1950s. A modern classic, The Bell Jar is a powerful portrait of a clever young woman with great ambitions confounded by the hurdles the world puts in her way.

Today: With Doctor Nolan's help, Esther can finally fly free.

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She studied at Smith College and Cambridge where she met and married Ted Hughes. In 1960 she published The Colossus, a collection of poems. The Bell Jar was published in 1963, under a pseudonym and is Plath's only novel. Her Collected Poems were published in 1981 and won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plath died in 1963.

The reader is Lydia Wilson. Lydia studied at Cambridge and RADA, her credits include Blasted, The Heretic, Black Mirror and Any Human Heart. She played Bea in Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Radio 4 in 2012.

The abridger is Sally Marmion

The producer is Di Speirs