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RADIO HIGHS: How chance brings changes.

Byline: Mark Brittain

A CHANCE meeting on the eve of Thanksgiving,1945, alters the course of Sara Smythe's life.

Well,don't they always? This, though, is this week's Book at Bedtime (R4, 10.45pm),The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy, so you can expect more than just some dreary commonplace.

The ways in which lives are changes by chance,or other, meetings is,of course, the bread and butter of fiction. No surprise therefore that it crops up for a second time (at least) today,just hours earlier, on the same channel.

In Five Ways to Meet Your Lover,by Gemma McMullan (7.45pm), the married friends of thirty-something singles, Jenny and Brian, try to set them up with eligible partners.

Needless to say,attempts at matchmaking can backfire in more than five ways.

And this is just Part One! Meanwhile in Book of the Week, written and read by the author,actress Jane Lapotaire (R4, 09.45,all week) tells the story of how her life was changed forever in a different way.

Halfway through giving a Shakespeare masterclass,a cerebral aneurysm sent her crashing to the floor. When she awoke she was in intensive care.

Her memoir, slightly depressing, is a very frank account of the effects a serious health problem have on an individual, their family and their friends.

Fortunately,as the fact of her reading and writing shows, she's back in shape - and wiser in the knowledge that a life led simpler can be a life for the better.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2003
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