Miriam Margolyes reads Jane Gardam's classic short story satirising the colonial era.
Miriam Margolyes reads Jane Gardam's classic short story in which three former colonial ladies gather to pay tribute to their dutiful old nanny, who did so much for them during the halcyon days overseas. When it transpires that she has left something for all of them, they are not at all surprised - until the gift arrives...
Reader: Miriam Margolyes is a is a veteran of stage and screen, a BAFTA Award-winning actor, whose roles have included: Yentl, Little Shop of Horrors, Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, Cold Comfort Farm and the Harry Potter film series.
Producer: Justine Willett
Abridger: Julian Wilkinson
Writer: Born in 1928, Jane Gardam she did not publish her first book until she was in her 40s, but has become one of the most prolific novelists of her generation, with 25 books published over the past 30 years and a number of prestigious prizes to her name (she's twice winner of the Whitbread, and has been shortlisted for both the Booker and Orange prizes). Her novels include Old Filth, Last Friends, God on the Rocks and The Hollow Land. She's been called 'the laureate of the demise of the British Empire', for her poignant and witty portrayals of the end of the era of British imperial adventures.