The Essay | Malorie Blackman on The Color Purple

Based on The Color Purple  by Alice Walker

Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman on how Alice Walker's novel ''The Color Purple'' legitimised her need to be a writer. She writes how the novel was ''about the triumph of the human spirit''. Reading it for the first in her early 20s it ''blasted open a door which I thought was locked and barred to me. Actually it blasted open a door which I didn't appreciate even existed. A door that could lead to a writing career of my own... this book and its author showed that it was possible for me to not only be an author but to have my own voice.''


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Analysis
  • Channel: BBC Radio 3
  • Duration: 13'41''
  • Broadcast date: 2014

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Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
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