Listen in: The Letter in the Bottle
On a winter's day in 2002, a bottle shaped like a tear washed up on the Kent coast. It contained a letter written in French, a lock of hair, and a mystery. Only one thing could be known for certain - that the writer of the letter was a mother, grieving for her lost child, Maurice.
Moved by the woman's heartache Karen Liebreich sets out on an epic journey to piece together the mother's story. Her book is the amazing true story of one woman's search for another, and a poignant reflection on love, loss and motherhood.
A new drama by John Taylor, entitled A Bottle on the Shore, based on this wonderful book The Letter in the Bottle, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 11th December, 14:15 do listen, or catch it on iplayer while you can.
Karen Liebreich has a doctorate in history from Cambridge University and a research diploma from the European University Institute in Florence. She has worked as a cultural assistant for the French Institute in London, and has been a television documentary researcher and producer. Her previous book, Fallen Order: Intrigue, Heresy and Scandal in the Rome of Galileo and Caravaggio was published by Atlantic Books in 2004.Karen book, The Letter in the Bottle, has been dramatised by John Taylor.