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Author Lizzy Barber has spent time in Florence every year since she was a teenager. Knowing the city intimately, she has set her novel Out of Her Depth in and around its glamourous hills. Quiet young woman Rachel takes a summer job at the beautiful Villa Medici, and is plunged into a social group of glamorous teens used to a life of privilege.

Lizzy joins Richard and Judy to talk about how the concept of an unassuming outsider finding themselves in a lavish world allows for commentary on this type of lifestyle. A thriller, Out of Her Depth mirrors the themes in The Talented Mr Ripley, and they all discuss the bravery in writing unlikeable protagonists.

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