The Spoken Word: Short Stories Volume 2

British and Irish Authors Read Their Own Work

The British Library

The Spoken Word: Short Stories Volume 2
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The British Library

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3 compact discs with booklet | © 2013
Compact Disc $35.00 ISBN: 9780712351256 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Following the success of its first set of authors reading their own short stories, the British Library is proud to present a second volume featuring a further dozen stories. As before, the majority of the recordings take the form of historic broadcasts sourced from the BBC, to which a handful of rare live recordings have been added. The stories range from humorous anecdotes to more extended pieces investigating social issues, and the twelve authors include such prestigious names as Beryl Bainbridge, Julian Barnes, E. M. Forster, Alasdair Gray, W. Somerset Maugham, Sean O’Faolain, Harold Pinter, Alan Sillitoe, Osbert Sitwell, Rose Tremain, William Trevor, and Fay Weldon. All the recordings are being made available for the first time.
Disc One
1. W Somerset Maugham—The Wash Tub
2. Beryl Bainbridge—Kiss Me, Hardy
3. William Trevor—Teresa’s Wedding
4. Harold Pinter—The Examination
Disc Two
1. Rose Tremain—Extra Geography
2. E M Forster—Mr Andrews
3. Seán Ó’Faoláin—One True Friend
4. Osbert Sitwell—Staggered Holiday
Disc Three
1. Alasdair Gray—A New World
2. Alan Sillitoe—On Saturday Afternoon
3. Fay Weldon—New Year’s Day
4. Julian Barnes—Interference

Total Duration: 204 minutes
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