Back Home To Be Serialised On BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 extra serialises Michelle Magorian's Back Home

We have just heard that the excellent four-part radio serialisation of Back Home is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 extra starting this Sunday, 23rd June at 09:00 and 17:00. The broadcast stars Mary Wimbush.

For The Archers fans amongst you, Mary played Nigel’s formidable Mother, Julia Pargetter.

Click on the image above to listen.

(For those of you  who live outside the UK, you can still listen after the show is broadcast by downloading it from the iPlayer.)

(First broadcast: Sunday 08 May 2011)



Living Together Again

Living Together Again

Cuckoo In the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam

 (Written at the request of members of Book Clubs.)

May 2013

Original Cover of Cuckoo In The Nest By Michelle Magorian Illustrated by Anthony Kerins

Original Jacket by Anthony Kerins

It was while I was carrying out research for my second novel Back Home that I became aware of the problems facing families who had to adjust to living together after having been separated during the Second World War.

(Penguin Customer Service Number for Back Home is 0870 607 7600) Back Home tells the story of a girl returning to England from America after five years. Like many shocked, disorientated and lonely sea-evacuees she is faced with bombed streets, rationing, having to live with relatives who are strangers and being expected to behave like an English girl.

After its publication a theatre director approached me and told me that evacuees in England also had difficulties living with their families again. He had been sent to Devon where he had lived for years with two elderly unmarried sisters. He had loved his time there and had planned to be a farmer.

His father, however, on returning from serving overseas, insisted that he come home and begin an apprenticeship. He was bitterly unhappy. What helped him cope was his evening work at two Variety theatres.

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Best Entertainment And Family Olivier Award For The Play Of Goodnight Mister Tom

Yesterday it was announced that the play of Goodnight Mister Tom has won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment And Family!

“I’m absolutely delighted for the cast. They are an incredibly talented and lovely group of people and Oliver Ford Davies is stunning as Mister Tom, making people laugh one minute and well up with tears the next. After the West End run, when they were touring they were often doing two shows and sometimes three shows a day on top of having to find places to live.

By an extraordinary coincidence, the choreographer of the musical version of Goodnight Mister Tom, Bill Deamer, who saved the day on its opening night in Manchester in 1995 also won an award tonight for Best Choreographer (Top Hat).

The boy playing William had fallen ill and lost his voice. There was a packed house and it looked as though the performance would have to be cancelled.

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An Autumn Letter from Michelle

At Last the new Jazz CD by Heather CairncrossWelcome to my new website designed by the talented and versatile, Heather Cairncross.  Heather’s highly acclaimed album At Last was released earlier this year to wonderful reviews. Heather’s voice was my inspiration for Grace in Just Henry. You can hear clips from all fourteen songs from At Last by clicking HERE.

By an extraordinary coincidence, the composer of a one woman jazz musical hello life! originally written for Heather, is bringing out an album in November. The album New Things To Say will include four of the songs from it. Heather and I created the book, I wrote the lyrics and Alexander L’Estrange wrote the music. It was Heather’s performance in the musical which won Pick of the Fringe at the Brighton Fringe Festival. The album will be performed by Alexander and his wife Joanna Forbes L’Estrange otherwise known as the duo, L’Estranges in the Night with guest musicians.

And for those who laughed at radio 4’s hilarious series Two Pipe Problems, written by Michael Chaplin, and starring Richard Briers and Stanley Baxter as resident sleuths living in a retirement home for members of the theatrical profession, keep your ears peeled. A new episode is about to be recorded for Radio 4. It was Michael who adapted Just Henry for ITV.

That’s all the news for now.


Update: New Things To Say is available now by clicking  on the CD Cover.