Award-winning author, biographer and journalist Anne Sebba joins Michael to discuss the challenges of life under lockdown. The author of ‘That Woman’ and ‘Les Parisiennes’, draws lessons for today from the experiences of women in 1940s occupied Paris, and explains her passion for revisiting untold stories. She details her own career, why she believes you have to learn to live alone, and also why she keeps a keen eye on the future and what history can tell us about the human condition.
Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. She has written 10 critically-acclaimed books of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women who enjoyed using power and influence in different ways such as Enid Bagnold, Mother Teresa, Laura Ashley and Jennie Churchill, as well as her 2016 book Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s. Her biography, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, quickly became a bestseller on publication in 2011.
Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nellie Ternan, The Invisible Woman because it revealed the importance to a great man of a hitherto unknown woman.
Mrs America… a brilliant evocation of American politics in the 60s a decade after the execution of the Rosenbergs, but still unable to treat women as equal
A one-hour bike ride at 7am through Richmond park with no cars! Magic
My grandchildren because they focus me on the importance of the future.
You have to be able to live alone before you can live with other people
Chopin – Cello Sonata; Peter Skellern – Still Magic and Love is the Sweetest Thing; Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel; Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly; Strauss Four – Last Songs (sung by Renee Fleming)
Have a listen to the Change Makers Lockdown Playlist here