Beyond Club 16-60

When the results of the last UK census were published, they revealed that for the first time there were more people over the age of 60 than there were children under 16.

A look at life through both ends of the telescope in five stories of youth and age specially commissioned for Radio 4.


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Deborah Findlay reads The Elephant's Foot Tray by Elizabeth Berridge, whose new collection of short stories is due for publication in September.

Two sisters are moving their elderly Aunts, and the elderly Aunts' souvenirs of an Imperial past, but will there be room for their memories?


Paul Bhattacharjee reads Bridges by Jay Basu.

A young man has a life changing encounter.

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Written and read by Alex Ferguson, in which he considers the need to keep your end up despite age, youthful provocation, and reduced circumstances.

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The fourth of our stories of youth and age is Sucking Eggs by Caroline Bird, whose first collection of poetry, Looking Through Letterboxes, was published in 2002 when she was 16.

Sucking Eggs is an exciting and rather dark tale in which two old women entrap young girls for purposes of their own.

Read by Annie Rowe.

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The last of our stories of youth and age is Journey's End, written and read by Lynne Reid Banks, renowned author of The L-Shaped Room, The INDIAn in the Cupboard and many more.

In it, she tells a delightful and very moving story of old loves meeting by accident, lives revisited, and rediscovered.