5 episodes

Each episode, we’ll take a look back over 150 years of fabulous fiction in “The People's Friend” to pick out a story to read — and then we’ll get together for a wee chat about it. Make yourself a cup of tea, pull up a chair, and come join us.

Reading Between The Lines – the story podcast from The People’s Friend DC Thomson Media

    • Fiction
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Each episode, we’ll take a look back over 150 years of fabulous fiction in “The People's Friend” to pick out a story to read — and then we’ll get together for a wee chat about it. Make yourself a cup of tea, pull up a chair, and come join us.

    “The MacPeever Wrangles: The Secrets Of Freemasonry”

    “The MacPeever Wrangles: The Secrets Of Freemasonry”

    The “Reading Between The Lines” team is back with the MacPeevers again this week, as the man of the house makes a comedic attempt to join the masons. 


    This story, expertly read by “Friend” Production Editor Judey, is laced with the same good-natured humour first encountered in our festive episode (“The MacPeevers’ Christmas Cards”) — but it also gives Iain, Judey, Abbie and Barry a little insight into the inner workings of the ancient, clandestine order. 


    That’s if Mr MacPeever’s account is to be believed! 


    If you don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door, because you listen to “Between The Lines” you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £8. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information and to sign up.


    Remember to follow “The People’s Friend” on social media for more from the world’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine!


    Facebook: facebook.com/PeoplesFriendMagazine
    Twitter: twitter.com/TheFriendMag


    This season of “Reading Between The Lines” is proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows. Be part of a friendlier society; give them a call today on 0800 028 1810 for a free information pack, or visit oddfellows.co.uk to find your nearest branch.


    The Dear Old “People’s Friend” theme:
    Words by Charles J Cunningham
    Music by Arthur Harold
    Performed for piano and clarinet by Neil Brand
    Sung by Jennifer Phin

    • 35 min
    “The Story Of A Masterpiece: An Artist’s Romance”

    “The Story Of A Masterpiece: An Artist’s Romance”

    Host Iain and the team are reaching back to the start of the last century in this episode of “Reading Between The Lines”, as they sit down for a chat about “The Story Of A Masterpiece: An Artist’s Romance” by Agnes Grozier Herbertson. 


    First published in “The People’s Friend” in 1905, this slightly darker story leaves Alex, Mairi, and archivist David struggling a little to sympathise with any of the main characters; pondering the meaning of the word romance; and exploring the relationship between artist and muse. 


    If you don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door, because you listen to “Between The Lines” you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £8. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information and to sign up. 


    Remember to follow “The People’s Friend” on social media for more from the world’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine! 


    Facebook: facebook.com/PeoplesFriendMagazine
    Twitter: twitter.com/TheFriendMag


    This season of “Reading Between The Lines” is proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows. Be part of a friendlier society; give them a call today on 0800 028 1810 for a free information pack, or visit oddfellows.co.uk to find your nearest branch.


    The Dear Old “People’s Friend” theme:
    Words by Charles J Cunningham
    Music by Arthur Harold
    Performed for piano and clarinet by Neil Brand
    Sung by Jennifer Phin

    • 47 min
    “The MacPeevers’ Christmas Cards”

    “The MacPeevers’ Christmas Cards”

    In this special festive episode of “Reading Between The Lines”, the team from “The People’s Friend” have picked out a comedic little Christmas story by frequent contributor AP Macdonald, first published in the magazine in 1906. 


    Judey, Marion, and archivist Barry join host Iain for a chat about the festive spirit, good-natured points scoring between spouses, and breaking the fourth wall. 


    Plus, they get the chance to play a little word-based parlour game Mr Macdonald invented for that year’s Christmas issue. It'’ simple, fun — and perfect for family Zoom calls! 


    If you don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door, because you listen to “Between The Lines” you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £8. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information and to sign up.


    Remember to follow “The People’s Friend” on social media for more from the world’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine!


    Facebook: facebook.com/PeoplesFriendMagazine
    Twitter: twitter.com/TheFriendMag


    This season of “Reading Between The Lines” is proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows. Be part of a friendlier society; give them a call today on 0800 028 1810 for a free information pack, or visit oddfellows.co.uk to find your nearest branch.


    The Dear Old “People’s Friend” theme:
    Words by Charles J Cunningham
    Music by Arthur Harold
    Performed for piano and clarinet by Neil Brand
    Sung by Jennifer Phin

    • 54 min
    “A Night Among Robbers: An American Adventure”

    “A Night Among Robbers: An American Adventure”

    In the first episode of “Reading Between The Lines”, the team from “The People’s Friend” have unearthed a wee gem of a story first published all the way back in 1871 – just two years after the magazine was first founded!


    Alex, Mairi, and archivist David join host Iain for a chat about the humour and language use in the story; how difficult it was to narrate; and just how American this American adventure really is…


    If you don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door, because you listen to “Between The Lines” you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £8. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information and to sign up.


    Remember to follow “The People’s Friend” on social media for more from the world’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine!


    Facebook: facebook.com/PeoplesFriendMagazine
    Twitter: twitter.com/TheFriendMag


    This season of “Reading Between The Lines” is proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows. Be part of a friendlier society; give them a call today on 0800 028 1810 for a free information pack, or visit oddfellows.co.uk to find your nearest branch.


    The Dear Old “People’s Friend” theme:
    Words by Charles J Cunningham
    Music by Arthur Harold
    Performed for piano and clarinet by Neil Brand
    Sung by Jennifer Phin

    • 40 min
    Welcome to Reading Between The Lines!

    Welcome to Reading Between The Lines!

    The People’s Friend magazine has been publishing for over 150 years, so we have a wonderful archive of stories. We’re going to share some of them with you, and have a wee chat about them too. Pull up a chair, make yourself a cup of tea, and join us!

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