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Subscribe free to our podcast, presented by the editor of the Guardian's Saturday Review section, Lisa Allardice. Each programme features an interview with a leading author and a reading of the author's favourite short story by another writer.

Subscribe free to our podcast, presented by the editor of the Guardian's Saturday Review section, 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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Subscribe free to our podcast, presented by the editor of the Guardian's Saturday Review section, 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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English


Episodes

Sebastian Barry on James Joyce's Eveline – books podcast

1/1/2019
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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

Duration:00:19:10

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

12/31/2018
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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

Duration:00:25:50

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast

12/26/2018
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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

Duration:00:46:04

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

12/25/2018
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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

Duration:00:32:57

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

12/24/2018
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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

Duration:00:50:51

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

1/9/2018
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Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he loves this tale about the Bosnian author’s father, which is then read by Chris Moran

Duration:00:46:17

David Mitchell on The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs – short story podcast

1/5/2018
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Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell introduces one of the great, early 20th century horror stories: WW Jacobs’s spine-tingling The Monkey’s Paw

Duration:00:30:53

Stephen Fry on Saki's Sredni Vashtar - short story podcast

1/2/2018
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A small boy’s rebellion takes a sinister turn in Saki’s classic tale – a story loved by Stephen Fry, who explains why

Duration:00:16:04

Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – short story podcast

12/29/2017
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In this instalment of our seasonal short story special, we have Neil Gaiman share why he loves Kipling’s melancholy story, which is then read by actor Marion Bailey

Duration:00:32:57

Penelope Lively on MR James's Oh Whistle and I'll Come to you, my lad - short story podcast

12/26/2017
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You’ll never sleep in a twin bedroom again after hearing this classic Edwardian ghost story, selected by Penelope Lively read by Simon Callow

Duration:00:50:51

James Salter reads Break it Down by Lydia Davis

5/23/2013
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James Salter, the veteran American novelist and short story writer, reads a story by Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International prize

Duration:00:28:31

Will Self reads 'On Exactitude in Science' by Jorge Luis Borges

1/4/2013
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Jorge Luis Borges’s combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the ‘truly veridical’. He gets his coordinates from ‘On Exactitude in Science’

Duration:00:06:19

Nathan Englander reads 'The Story of My Dovecote' by Isaac Babel

1/3/2013
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Nathan Englander finds Jewish history, corruption and man’s inhumanity to man and pigeons in Isaac Babel’s ‘The Story Of My Dovecote’

Duration:00:32:30

Sebastian Barry reads 'Eveline' by James Joyce

1/2/2013
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Forty years after he first read it, Sebastian Barry returns to James Joyce’s short story Eveline

Duration:00:19:10

Anita Desai reads The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore

1/1/2013
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Rabindranath Tagore returned again and again to the voiceless women of Bengal, as in his short story The Postmaster, says Anita Desai

Duration:00:25:18

Jon McGregor reads 'Notes from the House Spirits' by Lucy Wood

12/31/2012
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Lucy Wood builds a story from glimpses and suggestions in ‘Notes from the House Spirits’, says Jon McGregor

Duration:00:32:46

Yiyun Li reads 'Three People' by William Trevor

12/30/2012
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Yiyun Li reads William Trevor’s ‘Three People’, a short story which moved her to write a story in reply, ‘Gold Boy, Emerald Girl’

Duration:00:45:30

AS Byatt reads 'At Hiruharama' by Penelope Fitzgerald

12/29/2012
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Penelope Fitzgerald looks at the world anew in her short story ‘At Hiruharama’, says AS Byatt

Duration:00:25:19

Hanif Kureishi reads 'A Hunger Artist' by Franz Kafka

12/28/2012
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Franz Kafka’s story of a man who starves himself for entertainment, The Hunger Artist, is ‘absurb, moving and timely’, says Hanif Kureishi

Duration:00:26:26

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads 'No Sweetness Here' by Ama Ata Aidoo

12/27/2012
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admires the ‘old-fashioned social realism’ of Ama Ata Aidoo’s ‘No Sweetness Here’

Duration:00:46:04