Lucy Mangan's Literary Solutions To The Economy

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01The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy20140825

In the first of a series of five programmes, writer Lucy Mangan selects five different economic remedies from literature. Will she find a solution to Britain's economic recovery in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Lucy finds the book on her bookshelf and takes it for discussion to Professor Mary Morgan from the London School of Economics and to Bob Swarup, who has written a guide to 2,500 years of boom and bust.

In later programmes she will see what ideas found in fairy tales and children's stories can add to the economic recovery debate.

Producer: Janet Graves

A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.

02The Treasure Seekers20140826

Writer Lucy Mangan selects five different economic remedies from literature to see if the answer to the economic recovery has been sitting on her book shelves all along.

In programme two, she selects her childhood favourite, The Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit, and takes it to Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick and Bridget Rosewell, economist and former chief economic advisor to the Greater London Authority. She tests whether literary fiction can contribute to the debate on economic recovery.

Producer: Janet Graves

A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Million Pound Bank Note20140827

Writer Lucy Mangan selects five different economic remedies from literature to see if she can find a solution to Britain's economy. In this witty and enlightening series, she uses her extensive personal library to help economists out.

In this the third programme in the series, she re-reads Mark Twain's short story The Million Pound Bank Note, and talks to Bob Swarup and Andrew Sentance about what literary fiction can contribute to the debate on economic recovery.

Producer: Janet Graves

A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.

04The Last Chronicle Of Barset20140828

Writer Lucy Mangan selects five different economic remedies from literature. Today, she looks inside The Last Chronicle of Barset by Trollope.

In this witty and enlightening series, Lucy searches for economic solutions in her bookshelves. She talks to Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick and Mary Morgan from the London School of Economics about what literature can contribute to the economic recovery debate.

Producer: Janet Graves

A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTCinderella20140829

Writer Lucy Mangan searches her bookshelves to find literary solutions to the economy.

In this programme, the final in the series, she turns to the fairy tale of Cinderella, as written by Charles Perrault. This is the version where all the magic happens, and good triumphs in the end.

In this enlightening and witty series, Lucy talks to economists Andrew Sentance, formerly one of the treasury's wise men, and economist Bridget Rosewell, to see what fairy tales can contribute to the economic recovery debate.

Producer: Janet Graves

A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.