Radio: Pick of the Day

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IN 1827, THE first giraffe ever seen in France walked 550 miles from Marseilles to Paris. In Zarafa (9.45am R4FM), Michael Allin's book, read by Andrew Sachs, describes the effect this sensation had on the French (items of clothing and food were named after her) and what the episode said about relations between Europe and Africa.

The Artist of the Week (10.30am R3) is the conductor Bernard Haitink, who celebrates his 70th birthday on Thursday. Today he tells Joan Bakewell (right) about his early years in Holland as an orchestral violinist.

The Book at Bedtime (10.45pm R4) is Hemingway's name- making The Sun Also Rises, the novel which caught the sombre mood of the "lost generation".

Dominic Cavendish