Christmas Short Stories

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Good President Wenceslas20161223

Last in a series of stories by Alexander McCall Smith, each set at Christmastime and featuring the giving of gifts.

William Gaminara reads this especially poignant tale, "Good President Wenceslas", in which the leader of an Eastern European country feels duty bound to help a poor man he sees searching for food in a train station rubbish bin.

(This is an extended version of a story that first appeared in The Scotsman newspaper three years ago.)

Reader: William Gaminara

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Last in a series of stories by Alexander McCall Smith, each set at Christmastime and featuring the giving of gifts.

William Gaminara reads this especially poignant tale, "Good President Wenceslas", in which the leader of an Eastern European country feels duty bound to help a poor man he sees searching for food in a train station rubbish bin.

(This is an extended version of a story that first appeared in The Scotsman newspaper three years ago.)

Reader: William Gaminara

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

How To Escape In Gaelic20161221

A series of short stories specially written for BBC Radio 4 by Alexander McCall Smith, the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Each story is set at Christmastime and each features the giving of special gifts.

In this third story, "How To Escape in Gaelic", read by James Fleet, an enterprising former Professor of Aeronautical Engineering puts his specialised knowledge to good use in order to escape the confines of a compassionless care home.

The four other stories in the series are read by Hannah Gordon, Trevor White, William Gaminara and Stephanie Cole. They range in subject matter from a generous 75-year-old German female owner of a Wall of Death, to a hot-tempered Canadian chef discovering humility at the hands of a food critic, to the dutiful President of an Eastern European country attending to the poor; and not forgetting Cousin Grace who, over a very dry Martini, shares her adventures in love (just the four marriages, so far) with three rapt young relatives.

Reader: James Fleet

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Motordrome20161219

A series of short stories specially written for Radio 4 by Alexander McCall Smith, the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Each story is set at Christmastime and each features the giving of special gifts.

In this first story, "Motordrome" read by Hannah Gordon, a German widow takes her future into her own hands by making a generous bequest.

Other stories in the series will be read by James Fleet, Trevor White, William Gaminara and Stephanie Cole. They range in subject matter from a hot-tempered Canadian chef discovering humility, to an enterprising former Professor escaping the confines of a compassionless care home, to the dutiful President of an Eastern European country attending to the poor; and not forgetting Cousin Grace who, over a very dry Martini, shares her adventures in love (just the four marriages, so far) with three rapt young relatives.

Reader: Hannah Gordon

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

A series of short stories specially written for Radio 4 by Alexander McCall Smith, the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Each story is set at Christmastime and each features the giving of special gifts.

In this first story, "Motordrome" read by Hannah Gordon, a German widow takes her future into her own hands by making a generous bequest.

Other stories in the series will be read by James Fleet, Trevor White, William Gaminara and Stephanie Cole. They range in subject matter from a hot-tempered Canadian chef discovering humility, to an enterprising former Professor escaping the confines of a compassionless care home, to the dutiful President of an Eastern European country attending to the poor; and not forgetting Cousin Grace who, over a very dry Martini, shares her adventures in love (just the four marriages, so far) with three rapt young relatives.

Reader: Hannah Gordon

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

The Colourful Life Of Cousin Grace20161222

A series of short stories specially written for BBC Radio 4 by Alexander McCall Smith, the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Each story is set at Christmastime and features the giving of gifts.

In this fourth story, "The Colourful Life of Cousin Grace", read by Stephanie Cole, three young siblings sit entranced as their worldly cousin Grace mixes herself a very dry Martini and regales them with tales from her four marriages.

The other stories in the series are read by James Fleet, Trevor White, William Gaminara and Hannah Gordon. They range in subject matter from a generous German female owner of a Wall of Death, to a hot-tempered Canadian chef discovering humility at the hands of a food critic, to an enterprising elderly Professor escaping the confines of a compassion-free care home, to the dutiful President of an Eastern European country attending to the poor of his community.

Reader: Stephanie Cole

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

A series of short stories specially written for BBC Radio 4 by Alexander McCall Smith, the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Each story is set at Christmastime and features the giving of gifts.

In this fourth story, "The Colourful Life of Cousin Grace", read by Stephanie Cole, three young siblings sit entranced as their worldly cousin Grace mixes herself a very dry Martini and regales them with tales from her four marriages.

The other stories in the series are read by James Fleet, Trevor White, William Gaminara and Hannah Gordon. They range in subject matter from a generous German female owner of a Wall of Death, to a hot-tempered Canadian chef discovering humility at the hands of a food critic, to an enterprising elderly Professor escaping the confines of a compassion-free care home, to the dutiful President of an Eastern European country attending to the poor of his community.

Reader: Stephanie Cole

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

The Revenge, Or Otherwise, Of Herbie Bontemps20161220

Part of a series of short stories written for Radio 4 by Alexander McCall Smith, the bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Each story is set at Christmastime and features the giving of gifts.

In this second story, "The Revenge, or Otherwise, of Herbie Bontemps", a talented but hot-tempered Canadian chef learns a lesson in humility when he meets his nemesis in the form of a food critic.

Other stories in the series are read by Hannah Gordon, James Fleet, William Gaminara and Stephanie Cole. They range in subject matter from a generous female owner of a Wall of Death, to an enterprising elderly Professor escaping the confines of a compassionless care home, to the dutiful President of an Eastern European country attending to the poor; and not forgetting Cousin Grace who, over a very dry Martini, shares her adventures in love (just the four marriages, so far) with three rapt young relatives.

Reader: Trevor White

Writer: Alexander McCall Smith

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.