32 episodes

Presented by the Guardian's Claire Armitstead and Lisa Allardice, each programme features an interview with a leading author and a reading of the author's favourite short story by another writer

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    • 4.4 • 19 Ratings

Presented by the Guardian's Claire Armitstead and Lisa Allardice, each programme features an interview with a leading author and a reading of the author's favourite short story by another writer

    Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast

    Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast

    Forty years after he first discovered it, Sebastian Barry explains why he loves James Joyce’s short story Eveline, then reads it for you, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists

    • 19 min
    Zadie Smith on Giuseppe Pontiggia's Umberto Buti – books podcast

    Zadie Smith on Giuseppe Pontiggia's Umberto Buti – books podcast

    Zadie Smith shares why she loves this almost ‘anti-Italian’ story from Giuseppe Pontiggia, then reads the story, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists

    • 25 min
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares why she admires the ‘old-fashioned social realism’ of the Ghanaian writer’s No Sweetness Here, then reads the story, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists

    • 46 min
    Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast

    Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast

    Neil Gaiman introduces Rudyard Kipling’s The Gardener, a melancholy tale from 1925, as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists. Afterwards, the story is read by actor Marion Bailey

    • 33 min
    Penelope Lively on MR James' Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad – books podcast

    Penelope Lively on MR James' Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad – books podcast

    You’ll never sleep in a twin bedroom again after hearing this classic Edwardian ghost story, selected by Penelope Lively and read by Simon Callow as part of our seasonal series of short stories selected by leading novelists

    • 50 min
    Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast

    Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast

    Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he loves this tale about the Bosnian author’s father, which is then read by Chris Moran

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Mr.Gal ,

Please nix the intro music!!

Nice podcast but the production values leave something to be desired. In particular, the cloying, overbearing music that introduces each story nearly ruins it for me. It would be so much better without it: we're here for the stories. It reminds me of how The Moth podcast had that shrill, awful violin intro for a time. They wised up and got rid of it :)

jetvermont ,

A Godsend

I found this podcast just before leaving on a long trip and it was my companion on the journey for hours. It is wonderful. My favorites (so far) are the stories read by R Rendell and A S Byatt. Their post-story commentary was also fascinating. I had trouble with Colm Toibin's accent but what can be done about that. Thank you for this fabulous thing. And I love the opening music, by the way.

RebeccaM2017 ,

The kitchen child

Wonderful!

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