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Home - is it a place, a feeling, a memory? This week, Between the Covers focuses on "Finding Home," people learning where they came from and where they fit in. 1 Childhood An excerpt from an award-winning novel by Andre Alexis, the host of Radio Nomad,  based on Alexis’ experience of growing up in a small Canadian border town. 2 Drawing Down A Daughter Claire Harris is an award-winning Canadian poet of Trinidadian background. An excerpt from her book, is a meditation on friendship,...
Topics: Finding Home, Reading
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Chokecherry By Norma Hawkins A young librarian in the 1950s marries a minister and leaves all she knows to live in a tiny town in northern Saskatchewan - a place so remote from us today that it might as well be in medieval Morocco. She faces challenges with a charming, low-key aplomb - living without conveniences such as running water, measuring up to previous esteemed ministers’ wives and leaning to play the organ with no talent or training. Like her, we grow to appreciate the villagers with...
Topics: Chokecherry, Norma Hawkins, Reading
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E.E. Cummings, Poetry Reading, 1959 Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), often styled as E. E. Cummings, as he sometimes signed his name, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays, and several essays. This undated recording captures Cummings during his visit to Eastern Michigan University. There is no commentary between poems. e.e. Cummings was born 126...
Topics: E.E. Cummings, Poetry Reading, 1959
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Duel By Richard Matheson Driving to San Francisco, a businessman finds  himself the victim of a deadly game being  played by the driver of a huge, mysterious truck. Read by Nathan Osgood Two Episodes The Seventh Dimension First broadcast: Sat 18 & 25 Feb 2006 18:00 on BBC 7
Topics: Richard Matheson, Duel, Sci-Fi, Reading
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Anne Sexton, Poetry Reading, 1963 Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928 – October 4, 1974) was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Her poetry details her long battle with depression, suicidal tendencies, and various intimate details from her private life, including her relationships with her husband and children. This recording is comprised of a poetry reading given by Sexton on the campus of...
Topics: Anne Sexton, Poetry Reading, 1963
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Penelope Wilton reads extracts from Ysenda Maxtone Graham's biography of her grandmother Jan Struther  1 Mrs. Miniver Comes Home; On Hampstead Heath 2 The New Car; Guy Fawkes Day 3 Married Couples; At the Dentist's 4 Doing a Mole; Christmas Shopping 5 Back From Abroad; Three Stockings Producer: Sara Davies First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001 These stories first appeared during the thirties in The Times and were later made into a wartime film starring Greer Garson
Topics: The Real Mrs. Miniver, Reading
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Where does Man's sense of humour come from and what would the human race do without it? These are the questions at the heart of an unnerving tale of the future from visionary science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, author of I, Robot. Based on his 1956 short story and read here by Henry Goodman, the mystery begins when computer analyst Timothy Whistler becomes concerned that Noel Meyerhof, one of the world's genius Grand Masters, is feeding jokes to Multivac, "the most complex computer ever...
Topics: Isaac Asimov, Jokester, Sci-Fi, Reading
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Help Me, Jacques Cousteau By Gil Adamson Help Me, Jacques Cousteau presents the life and times of Hazel, who is born into an extraordinary family alongside her brother Andrew. Hazel’s experiences, at once odd and completely believable, involve a diverse cast of family members who share only one thing: a penchant for eccentric behavior. In portraying a strange, compelling, dysfunctional family, Adamson demonstrates her powerful prose style, uniquely combining a scientist’s loving attention...
Topics: Help Me Jacques Cousteau, Gil Adamson, Reading
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Rohinton Mistry - Family Matters  Set in Bombay in the mid-1990s,  Family Matters  tells a story of familial love and obligation, of personal and political corruption, of the demands of tradition and the possibilities for compassion. Nariman Vakeel, the patriarch of a small discordant family, is beset by Parkinson's and haunted by memories of his past. He lives with his two middle-aged stepchildren, Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her brother, Jal, mild-mannered and acquiescent. But the...
Topics: Rohinton Mistry, Family Matters, Reading, India
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Kurt Vonnegut - Thanasphere An astronaut discovers voices of the deceased beyond the stratosphere. He deems it "dead space" or “thanasphere" from the Greek word thanatos meaning death. A pioneering astronaut hears voices in outer space. The story deals with the morality or lack of it, during the Cold War. Major Allen Rice is the first American astronaut in space. His military mission is to report back weather conditions over enemy terrain. Lift off goes well and the spaceship...
Topics: Kurt Vonnegut, Thanasphere, Science Fiction, Reading
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Andrea Wulf The Brother Gardeners Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession 1/5. The Merchant's Tale. Andrea Wulf explores the botanical revolution of the 18th century that was seeded by explorers, collectors and plant dealers. 2/5. The Peckham Prototype. In Peter Collinson 's ordered garden, many of Britain's favourite flowers first bloomed. Andrea Wulf 's book asks how Britain became a nation of gardeners. 3/5. The Naming of Plants. Linnaeus sends his brightest student to London...
Topics: Andrea Wulf, The Brother Gardeners, Reading
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The Testaments is a 2019 novel by Margaret Atwood. It is a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (1985). The novel is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale. It is narrated by Aunt Lydia, a character from the previous novel; Agnes, a young woman living in Gilead; and Daisy, a young woman living in Canada. The Testaments was joint winner of the 2019 Man Booker Prize, alongside Bernardine Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other. It was also voted 'Best Fiction' novel in...
Topics: Margaret Atwood, The Testaments, Reading (Omnibus)
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The first Van der Valk mystery by Nicolas Freeling. A Van der Valk Thriller - Elsa de Charmoy is found shot with a Mauser 765; a gun bought by her lover Martin who swears he hasn't seen her for five years. But Inspector Van der Valk, the unorthodox hero of Freeling's crime blockbusters, has misgivings and applies a subtle, insidious pressure in a masterly performance of police interrogation. Martin is driven to examine his past culminating in an edgy and ultra-hypnotic reprise for Van der Valk...
Topics: Love In Amsterdam, Nicolas Freeling, Thriller, Reading
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Ruth Rendell A Judgement in Stone An unabridged Reading by Carole Hayman On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes. Their housekeeper, Eunice Parchman, shot them, one by one, in the blue light of a televised performance of Don Giovanni. When Detective Chief Superintendent William Vetch arrests Miss Parchman two weeks later, he discovers a second tragedy: the key to the Valentine's Day massacre...
Topics: Ruth Rendell. A Judgement In Stone, unabridged reading
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Tim Bowling The Paperboy's Winter 2003 Callum Taylor has reached a critical point in his life. Since the death of his beloved father, he has found himself adrift, unable to fill his days with any purpose or meaning. But one afternoon, while visiting his childhood home, a fishing village along the banks of the Fraser River, he has a startling encounter with a figure from his past. The shock of this event triggers a series of vivid memories from the magical winter of his 10th year when, as a...
Topics: Tim Bowling, The Paperboy's Winter, 2003, Canada, Reading
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Adam Sims reads William Gibson's hugely influential short story of two cyberpunks go for their big score by hacking a vicious criminal. "It was hot, the night we burned Chrome. Out in the malls and plazas, moths were batting themselves to death against the neon, but in Bobby's loft the only light came from a monitor screen and the green and red LEDs on the face of the matrix simulator. I knew every chip in Bobby's simulator by heart; it looked like your workaday Ono-Sendai VII. the...
Topics: William Gibson, Burning Chrome, Science Fiction, Reading
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The Ghost Galaxies Stephen Hogan reads Piers Anthony's sci-fi adventure exploring what happens when a galaxy dies. Astronomers suggest that there may be a large number of dark galaxies. In fact, galaxies made almost entirely of dark matter may outnumber luminous galaxies like our Milky Way. Two episodes First broadcast:  From Sunday 23rd January 2005, 18:00 on BBC 7 First published in Worlds Of IF September 1966. This novelette was later expanded into the novel Ghosts. Navigating a time...
Topics: Piers Anthony, The Ghost Galaxies, Science Fiction, Reading
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Read by William Hootkins Something was tapping on the window. Blowing up against the pane, again and again. Carried by the wind. Tapping faintly, insistently. As a beautiful woman picks its last withered apple, a dying ancient tree is determined to survive. The Seventh Dimension: Of Withered Apples First broadcast: Wed 10th Sep 2003, 18:00 on BBC 7 Of Withered Apples was first published in Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy (July 1954),
Topics: Philip K Dick Of Withered Apples, Horror, Reading
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Wayne Johnston's controversial novel about Joey Smallwood,  which won the People’s Choice Award in 2003's Canada Reads.  In 1949, Joseph Smallwood became the first premier of the newly federated Canadian province of Newfoundland. Predictably, and almost immediately, his name retreated to the footnotes of history. And yet, as Wayne Johnston makes plain in his epic and affectionate fifth novel, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Smallwood's life was endearingly emblematic, an instance of an...
Topics: The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams, Wayne Johnston, Reading
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'We have invented God' - will the creation of the Ultimate Machine wreak havoc on the universe? Man plays god and causes galactic disaster when trying to make order out of chaos by constructing an 'ultimate machine'. From the pen of master sci-fi storyteller Brian Aldiss, this specially commissioned reading is read by Nigel Anthony and produced by  Gemma Jenkins. The Seventh Dimension: Song of the Silencer First broadcast: Sun 8th Feb 2004, 18:30 on BBC 7
Topics: Brian Aldiss, Song Of The Silencer, Science-Fiction Reading
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Bachelor Brothers Bed And Breakfast By Bill Richardson A pair of endearingly eccentric bachelors--in their fifties, and fraternal twins--own and operate a bed & breakfast establishment where people like them, the "gentle and bookish and ever so slightly confused," can feel at home. Hector and Virgil think of their B&B as a refuge, a retreat, a haven, where folks may bring their own books or peruse the brothers' own substantial library. An antic blend of homespun and...
Topics: Bachelor Brothers Bed And Breakfast, Bill Richardson, Reading
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Francis Durbridge Paul Temple and the Tyler Mystery Read by Buffy and Little Britain star Anthony Head... When two young women are found murdered within a week of each other, Scotland Yard enlist the help of sleuthing crime writer Paul Temple to unravel the mystery. Working in tandem with his astute and elegant wife Steve, Temple takes up the scent and discovers a dark secret that places them both in mortal danger. While on patrol outside Oxford, two policemen notice a stolen car parked in a...
Topics: Francis Durbridge, Paul Temple, The Tyler Mystery, Reading
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BETWEEN THE COVERS: Timothy Taylor: Silent Cruise - Doves of Townsend 01 MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2002 Today, Between the Covers begins a series of stories by Timothy Taylor from his collection "Silent Cruise." The award-winning story "Doves of Townsend" follows an antique dealer who learns something new about the nature of desire when she receives an unexpected gift. That's on Between the Covers, in Hour One of Richardson's Roundup, which begins at 2 (2:30 NT) and later tonight...
Topics: Timothy Taylor, Doves of Townsend, Silent Cruise, Reading
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Colette Rossant Apricots On The Nile-A Memoir with Recipes Cookery writer Colette Rossant's memoir evokes a magical childhood spent in Cairo and Paris during the forties, and captures the mouth-watering flavours of Egypt's cuisine. Read by Barbara Flynn and abridged by Katrin Williams First broadcast: Mon 21st May 2001, 09:45 on BBC Radio 4 FM Producer: Elizabeth Allard Cairo, 1937: French-born Colette Rossant is waiting out World War II among her father's Egyptian-Jewish relatives....
Topics: Colette Rossant, Apricots On The Nile, Memoir, Reading
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Ian Ferguson won the 2004 Leacock Medal for Humor for this outrageously funny book about growing up destitute in the far north. Beginning with the dramatic events surrounding his birth, the richly recalled events of Ferguson's life and a vivid cast of loveable misfits make for a taut and appealingly idiosyncratic tale. In 1959, just one step ahead of the law, Hank Ferguson (the Ferguson brothers' con-artist dad) headed north in a beat-up two-toned 1953 Mercury Zephyr with his pregnant wife,...
Topics: Village Of The Small Houses, Ian Ferguson, Memoir, Reading
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The Final Reckoning Written by Petros Markaris - one of the country’s most popular writers. Greece, 2008: just prior to the elections that will bring Tsipris to power. This is a cleverly disguised police procedural which takes us beneath the headlines and exposes a country in moral as well as financial crisis. Episode 1 It begins with the quadruple suicide of four elderly women, friends who can longer see how to survive in a country where poverty is an arm of government policy. But somehow...
Topics: Reading Europe, Greece, The Final Reckoning, Radio Drama
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The Remains of the Day is a 1989 novel by the Nobel Prize-winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro. The protagonist, Stevens, is a butler with a long record of service at Darlington Hall, a stately home near Oxford, England. In 1956, he takes a road trip to visit a former colleague, and reminisces about events at Darlington Hall in the 1920s and 1930s. Off the Shelf: The Remains of the Day Ten episodes From Monday 15th November 2004, 04:45 BBC World Service In the summer of 1956, Stevens, a...
Topics: The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, Reading
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The Visitor's Book By Stephen Gallagher Read by Terence Edmond A couple renting a holiday home start to feel that something happened there the year before… Short Story: Wed 22nd Jan 1992 16:45 on BBC Radio 4 FM Producer: Duncan Minshull
Topics: The Visitor's Book, By Stephen Gallagher, Short story reading
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The Green Hills of Earth By Robert A Heinlein Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways, captures the beauty of space and complexities of being a spaceman in songs about his heroic adventures. Snatches of his music are interwoven with the story of how he lost his sight and became Earth's unofficial chronicler of the universe. Read by Adam Sims Produced and abridged by Gemma Jenkins The Seventh Dimension First broadcast: Sat 7th Jul 2007 00:30 on BBC 7 Written in 1947,...
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James Sallis' intriguing novel. Set in late nineties New Orleans. "The storm came in over the lake, bowing the shaggy heads of young trees and snapping branches off the old, blowing out of Metairie where the white folks live. In my own back yard a hundred-year-old water oak at last gave in, splitting in half as though a broadsword had struck it, opening like a book..." Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans, a detective, a teacher, a writer. And he is a man subject to...
Topics: James Sallis, Eye Of The Cricket, Reading, Mystery, New Orleanss
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The Mortal Immortal Frankenstein author, Mary Shelley's fantastical tale explores man's fascination with eternal life and elixirs. A young man works for a powerful alchemist. Feeling jilted in love and consumed with jealousy towards a rival, he secretly drinks one of his Master's potions hoping to cure himself of these emotions. Instead, he’s soon facing a living hell… Read by Shaun Dooley Producer: Gemma Jenkins The Seventh Dimension First broadcast: Sat 3rd Dec 2005 18:30 on BBC 7
Topics: Mary Shelley, The Mortal Immortal, eternal life, elixirs, Reading
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Ruth Rendell The Speaker of Mandarin An unabridged Reading by Michael Bryant Chief Inspector Wexford is in China, visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists. After their return to England, one of his fellow tourists is found murdered. As he questions other members of the group, Wexford finds secrets of greed, treachery, theft, and adultery, leading the distressed inspector to ask not who is innocent, but who is least guilty . . . (Inspector Wexford #12) “[Ruth]...
Topics: Ruth Rendell, The Speaker of Mandarin, unabridged reading, Michael Bryant
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Leigh Brackett The Last Days Of Shandakor Read by Nathan Osgood An epic science fiction adventure written in Brackett’s classic style in which Mars is portrayed as a dying planet where desperate Earthmen compete with the last Martians races for lost knowledge and hidden power. Follow Jon Ros on his solitary trek as he learns more about Mars’ history and visits a remote Martian city lost in its own memories of the past. The Last Days of Shandakor was originally published in the April...
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William Faulkner Reading Excerpts From ' Light In August', 1956 Light in August , a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, which features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, a lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. [Goodreads]
Topics: William Faulkner, Reading, Excerpts From, ' Light In August', 1956
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 Francis Durbridge - Paul Temple And The Kelby Affair The great radio detective lives again in a reading by Anthony Head. Returning from an author tour in America, Paul is met at the dockside by his publisher Scott Reed, who wants him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alfred Kelby. Reed had entrusted Kelby with a sensational diary written by Margaret Spender, the mistress of Lord Delamore, containing several clues pointing to the murderer of Delamore. When Kelby is strangled, and...
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The days of which Denise Roig writes in A Quiet Night and a Perfect End are filled with Chinese-cooking lessons, wedding preparations, and day trips to the Laurentian mountains. They're peopled by fundamentalist fishermen, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, the kind of people who seek quiet nights and perfect ends to the turmoil of their long days and shaky beginnings. In short, these are stories about ordinary people's extraordinary ability to cope with the unexpected tragedies, large and...
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Gimmicks Three And Light Verse Two witty tales by master sci-fi storyteller Isaac Asimov, read by William Roberts. Hell dimensions, time travel and robots are on the menu. "Gimmicks Three" is a fantasy short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the November 1956 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction under the title "The Brazen Locked Room", and reprinted under Asimov's original title in the 1957 collection Earth is Room Enough. The title refers...
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From some accidents of love and weather we never quite recover. At the worst of the Prairie dust bowl of the 1930s, a young man appears out of a blizzard and forever alters the lives of two sisters. There is the beautiful, fastidious Lucinda, and the tricky and tenacious Norma Joyce, at first a strange, self-possessed child, later a woman who learns something of self-forgiveness and of the redemptive nature of art. Their rivalry sets the stage for all that follows in a narrative spanning over...
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The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson 1908 "From the Manuscript discovered in 1877 by Messrs. Tonnison and Berreggnog in the Ruins that lie to the South of the Village of Kraighten, in the West of Ireland. Set out here, with Notes. . . . " 1 The Manuscript Two friends are camping near the bleak ruins of a huge old house in a remote spot in the west of Ireland, when they discover a ragged manuscript. It purports to be the journal of an old recluse who once lived in the...
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Frederick Forsyth's short story, "The Shepherd”. Climb into the cockpit with "Fireside Al" Maitland as he heads out over the North Sea. It is Christmas Eve, 1957, and there are cozier places to be than the cockpit of a de Havilland Vampire fighter plane. But for the Royal Air Force pilot who has just taken off from West Germany, this single-seat jet is the only way to make it back to England for Christmas morning. His flight plan is simple; the fuel tank is full. In sixty-six...
Topics: Frederick Forsyth, The Shepherd, "Fireside Al" Maitland, Christmas, Reading, CBC Radio
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Damian Lewis reads the dramatic story of the charismatic Agent ZigZag. Abridged by Doreen Estall. 1/5. The previously untold story of Britain's most extraordinary double agent. At the start of the war, British criminal Eddie Chapman is recruited by the German secret service. He soon becomes a highly prized and decorated Nazi agent. What the Germans don't know is that his also working for MI5. 2/5. Having been recruited as a spy by the Germans, Eddie Chapman , codename Fritz, is about to be...
Topics: Ben Macintyre, Agent Zig Zag, Espionage, World War Two, Reading
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Book of the Week: A Late Dinner [5 Episodes] Mon 13th Aug 2007, 09:45 on BBC Radio 4 FM Paul Richardson's   book is a gastronomic tour of Spain, the title of which refers to the Spanish tradition of sitting down late to eat.   1/5. The author goes in search of the Perfect paella. Paul recalls his carefree student days when food was shared. 2/5. A long drive to a restaurant takes him to a place of mystery and magic. El Bulli in Roses is one of the world's most famous restaurants. 3/5. Paul...
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All the Time in the World Arthur C Clarke's 1952 short story read by Nicholas Boulton. Professional thief Robert Ashton receives an unexpected visit... Time is altered so the world's treasures can be stolen - but who is behind it? Arthur C Clarke Stories The 7th Dimension First broadcast: Sat 15th Dec 2007 18:30 on BBC Radio 7 Abridged and Produced by Gemma Jenkins
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Can entropy be reversed? The sci-fi guru's proposed answer takes in infinity, immortality and creation. The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way … 1 Read by Henry Goodman 2 Read by Leonard Nimoy It first appeared in the November 1956 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly Isaac Asimov: This is by far my...
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The Fall of Andrew Allen By Eric Koch Andrew Allen was the national head of CBC radio drama during the golden age of radio from 1943 to 1955. He oversaw the work of some of the finest talents of the day – writers and actors such as Lister Sinclair, Mavor Moore, W.O. Mitchell, Jane Mallett, John Drainie, Barry Morse, Christopher Plummer, James Doohan, and many others. Written by Eric Koch, performed by Barbara Budd. ...
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In her stunning debut collection of short stories, Gloria Sawai examines the heartbreaking lives of people on the margins. A group of young school students prepares a memorial for the town's deceased doctor, at the inadvertent risk of deeply offending his widow. A young girl learns important things about herself - some of them extremely unpleasant - on a storm-ravaged Mother's Day weekend. A woman on a road trip in search of her erstwhile husband finds instead the one thing she never expected...
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All Hat by Brad Smith A novel about hope, redemption, and getting even, not necessarily in that order Just out of prison for attacking the man who assaulted his sister, Ray Dokes heads back to the small Canadian town where he was raised. Vowing to lie low, he moves in with Pete Culpepper, a Texas cowboy who has always been a grounding influence on Ray, but whose debts are growing faster than his corn. Between roofing houses and watching Pete's nine-year-old gelding at the races, Ray soon...
Topics: All Hat, Brad Smith, Reading, novel, about hope, redemption, and getting even, Canada
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Ruth Rendell 13 steps down   An abridged version - read by Tim Pigott Smith A novel about obsession, superstition, and violence, set in Rendell’s darkly atmospheric London. Mix Cellini (which he pronounces with an ‘S’ rather than a ‘C’) is superstitious about the number 13. In musty old St. Blaise House, where he is the lodger, there are thirteen steps down to the landing below his rooms, which he keeps spick and span. His elderly landlady, Gwendolen Chawcer, was born in St. Blaise...
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A classic piece of Gothic Horror by Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, read by Sean Barrett. What power does the family's ancestral home hold over Roderick and Madeline Usher? 1 A man's descent into madness seems inextricably bound to the house of his ancestors. 2 A terrible revelation leads to a night of death and destruction - what is Roderick's terrible secret? In an attempt to thwart the brain disease that afflicts his family line, Roderick Usher invites an old schoolfriend to stay...
Topics: Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, Classic Lit., Horror, Reading