Listen Clare Taylor

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Published: October 23rd 2013

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249 pages


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Listen  by  Clare Taylor

Listen by Clare Taylor
October 23rd 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 249 pages | ISBN: | 6.46 Mb

Based on thorough background research, this pacey political thriller affirms that Edward Snowden’s revelations about US mass intercept surveillance in the UK uncovered what has secretly been going on for decades. Genre-bending, noir, both comic andMoreBased on thorough background research, this pacey political thriller affirms that Edward Snowden’s revelations about US mass intercept surveillance in the UK uncovered what has secretly been going on for decades. Genre-bending, noir, both comic and sad, it pits the macho and paranoid world of US military intelligence against the feminine values of warmth and nurture.Autumn1996, and Sarah starts to fall apart: with her BBC Radio job in jeopardy, her partner insisting on re- building their North London house and a new young boss who dismisses her as an aged Sixties feminist, her life is definitely on the slide.

When an older woman, Erin, repeatedly tries to tell her about an expanding US listening base on a northern moor which, she claims, is illegally intercepting UK telecommunications traffic, Sarah dismisses her as a paranoid ancient. She feels too old and left out to bother listening.Unexpected news of the death of her best friend from boarding school provides a catalyst for escape to North Yorkshire and an unsettling re-union with other old friends.

She also hopes it might provide inspiration for her last chance to make a radio feature and thus hold onto her job. The encounter catapults her back into her northern past- dark and lonely teenage years only relieved by summer holidays staying at the affluent family home of her dead friend. Thus starts an odyssey to find out how her friend, heiress to a northern industrial fortune, came to die poor and alone on a Yorkshire smallholding- an odyssey she seeks to disguise on the pretext of making a programme about the emotional deprivation wrought by public schools.Driven by instinct as much as logic, Sarah’s turbulent journey takes her through rural and suburban North Yorkshire - so very different to mid-Nineties London - and into the dark heart of a landscape, once idyllic, now abused, as she moves deep into the circumstances surrounding Lucy’s death and ever closer to the sinister US “listening” base, RAF Menwin Moor.

The base, run by the US National Security Agency- is the same base that Erin, in fact a brave and distinguished peace activist, had tried so hard to bring to her attention. Listening at last, and helped by ex-Sixties London friends and Erin, she finally penetrates the base and discovers how her friend came to die.On a mission both personal and political - with life affirming erotic encounters en route - Sarah’s story directly addresses the difficulties and challenges of hitting fifty.

Embedded themes include women’s intergenerational conflicts in the workplace, the lost legacy of the Sixties and the past failure of so much of our own media to investigate the expanding world of secret US and UK military intelligence and connected arms sales.About the authorAfter qualifying as a barrister, Clare Taylor worked as a producer/director in BBC Radio drama and arts features, producing, and later writing short stories, drama-features, documentaries and comedy for Radio 4 and Radio 3. Her short film “Away From It All”, produced by Python Productions and narrated by John Cleese, went on general cinema distribution with Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”.

She also wrote comedy with John Cleese for BBC Radio 4.



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