Madame Bovary Speaks

Five specially commissioned monologues to mark the 150 year anniversary of the publication of Madame Bovary.

Each give a contemporary twist to the themes and passions of Flaubert's classic novel.

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AR01The Other Madame Bovary20060918

Five specially commissioned monologues to mark the 150 year anniversary of the publication of Madame Bovary.

Each give a contemporary twist to the themes and passions of Flaubert's classic novel.

By Joanne Harris, read by Geraldine James.

Emma Bovary's mother-in-law looks back over her son's two disastrous marriages, revealing her opinions of his dead wives as she clears the attic of their possessions.

AR02Not The Real Madame Bovary20060919

By Adam Thorpe, read by Emma Fielding.

A 21st-century Emma has limitless credit, a beautiful home in the country, mixes with the social elite - and yet she is still unhappy.

AR03Félicité's Story20060920

By Michèle Roberts, read by Jo McInnes.

Emma's maid, Félicité, feels compelled to reveal a hidden love story when she encounters her mistress' ghost.

AR04Unrequited Love20060921

By Fay Weldon, read by Jane Slavin.

The plight of the plain daughter born to a beautiful mother is captured in exquisite detail as Emma's daughter, Berthe, recalls her childhood.

AR05 LASTThe Rebuke20060922

By Julian Barnes, read by Pat Kavanagh.

What if Emma lives beyond her years, then starts to think about the shortcomings of her creator?