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The Belgian Nurse by Zoë Fairbairns

bookshelves: radio-4, published-2007, spring-2016, play-dramatisation, women
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read on April 02, 2016



Description: The story of a friendship that created one of the 20th century's best-selling novels and films. When American writer Kathryn Hulme meets a Belgian nurse on a UN Relief Programme after the Second World War, she doesn't understand why Marie-Louise Habets is so unwilling to talk about herself. It's only later that Marie-Louise admits she has recently left her convent – a confession that reaches a worldwide audience through the book and then the film of The Nun's Story.

Kathryn Hulme ...... Debora Weston
Marie-Louise Habets ...... Rachel Atkins
Pierre ...... John Moraitis
Fred Zinneman ...... Garrick Hagon
Audrey Hepburn ...... Christine Kavanagh
Mother Benedict ...... Jane Ridley

Of course I was going to be hooked by the Gurdjieff v Roman Catholic discussions. Now Mr Projectionist must find me the film.