Matthew Parris: BIF Digital

Tue 3 August 2021

Matthew Parris: BIF Digital Festival 2021

Online version via pay per view – available to watch until 31 October 2021 

Fracture: Stories of How Great Lives Take Root in Trauma

While presenting Great Lives on Radio 4, Matthew Parris noticed a trend in the lives of the exceptional men and women the programme covered: many of them had been marked by extreme trauma and deprivation. They seemed to have succeeded not only in spite of their backgrounds, but perhaps even because of them. The origins of the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Ada Lovelace, Edward Lear, Coco Chanel, and many more contribute to a study of success and the legacy of trauma discussed by arguably BIF’s favourite contributor.

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