Book at Bedtime, for BBC Radio 4
3 hrs and 45 mins
BBC Broadcasting House
BBC Radio 4
US General American
Donna Tartt's eagerly awaited, much anticipated third novel, The Goldfinch, comes to Book at Bedtime.
At the heart of the novel lies a masterwork by the Dutch painter Carel Fabritius, a picture of a small chained bird, The Goldfinch. This tiny painting becomes the only certainty for thirteen year old Theo Decker when his secure world with his devoted mother is shattered and life becomes fallible and frightening.
Tartt follows Theo through grief, teenage delinquency, passionate friendship and obsessive love, in a story of enthralling suspense, peopled with unforgettable characters. As the drama reaches its gripping conclusion, Theo may or may not find out how to survive.
The reader is Jamie Parker. His credits include The History Boys, Valkyrie and Parade's End. The abridger is Sally Marmion
The producer is Di Speirs.
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