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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The TV Book Club - The Bed I Made

Lucie Whitehouse's The Bed I Made was the subject of this week's episode of The TV Book Club on Channel 4.

From the beginning of the book, it is clear that the main character, Kate, is on the run, though from what we do not at first know. Kate, a lonely woman living in London, has met and been taken in by Richard, a man whose confidence and glamour conceals something very dark. What follows explores the development of an abusive relationship.

The building unease created by the narrative means that this is more than simply a relationship story and involves, as the author herself says, a thriller element. The Isle of Wight, where she had before been happy and to which she now escapes, becomes a prison and where Kate, isolated and vulnerable, has to deal with the situation that she has got herself into.

You can view the episode at the programme's website. Should you wish to participate on air in a future programme, you might be interested to learn that Channel 4 is looking for reading groups who would like to feature in the next series of The TV Book Club. To find out more about how to apply, click here.

The Bed I Made is Lucie Whitehouse's second published novel and is published by Bloomsbury. To read more about what inspired the author to write The Bed I Made, click here.

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