16 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

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.

    ”A Deal In Hearts”

    ”A Deal In Hearts”

    "Reading Between The Lines" returns after a bit of a break . . . and after some awards success! On this episode of PPA Scotland's Podcast Of The Year 2021, host Iain is joined by "Friend" Fiction Editor Lucy, Features team's Marion and DC Thomson archivist David for a chat about "A Deal In Hearts". This humorous summer romance was first published (anonymously) in our magazine in 1913.


    Don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door? We have a new special offer just for “Reading Between The Lines” listeners: sign up today and you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £6. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information.


    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

    • 45 min
    ”The MacPeever Wrangles: Over The Football Match”

    ”The MacPeever Wrangles: Over The Football Match”

    On this episode of "Reading Between The Lines", host Iain is joined by "Friend" Production Editor Judey, Fiction team's Abbie and DC Thomson archivist Barry Sullivan for a chat about "The MacPeever Wrangles: Over The Football Match" by A.P. Macdonald. First published in 1906, this is another humorous vignette from Macdonald's popular series, which follows the tribulations of an elderly, bickering couple from Glasgow.


    Don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door? We have a new special offer just for “Reading Between The Lines” listeners: sign up today and you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £6. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information.


    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

    • 29 min
    "Her Promise Broken"

    "Her Promise Broken"

    "Reading Between The Lines" is back with a bang! We're starting our second season with a story by the inimitable Annie S. Swan. Host Iain is joined by "Friend" Editor Angela, DC Thomson archivist David, and special guest Charlotte Lauder, a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde and the National Library of Scotland, to discuss "Her Promise Broken". This family drama was first published in the Annie Swan Annual in 1936.


    Don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door? We have a new special offer just for “Reading Between The Lines” listeners: sign up today and you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £6. Visit thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/podcast for more information.


    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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    "My Connemara Ghost"

    "My Connemara Ghost"

    The first season of "Reading Between The Lines" concludes with "My Connemara Ghost", the light-hearted tale of a spooky encounter that has Iain, Angela, Lucy and Barry wondering about our relationship with the supernatural; how reliable narrators can be; and whether or not it's rude to drink someone else's whiskey, even on a special occasion.  


    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

    • 48 min
    "A Marked Man"

    "A Marked Man"

    In the penultimate episode of our first season, the "Reading Between The Lines" team unearth "A Marked Man", by Paul Herring, which was first published in the magazine in January, 1911. In many ways typical of the sorts of stories readers would expect at the time, it somehow leads Iain, Judey, Marion and David into a discussion on which "Carry On" stars would play each character in its film adaptation . . .


    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

    • 48 min
    "Stella And The Spy: The Romance Of A Spring Holiday"

    "Stella And The Spy: The Romance Of A Spring Holiday"

    This episode, the team from "The People's Friend" get together to chat about "Stella And The Spy: The Romance Of A Spring Holiday", by Margaret Douglas. This story was first published in the magazine in 1917, and has welcome shades of Enid Blyton about it . . .


    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

    • 49 min

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