A week of new stories by Helen Simpson, abridged by Katrin Williams.


01The Year's Midnight20060102

Her enjoyable swim at the pool is interrupted by a wailing child.

Where is mother?

Read by Niamh Cusack.

Producer Duncan Minshull

02The Tree20060103

His mother is on the phone again, saying something about trouble in the garden.

Read by David Horovitch

03The Door20060104

read by Niamh Cusack.

After the death of her boyfriend, a new door for the flat should mean security.

Malcolm comes round to install it.

04If I'm Spared. Part One20060105

The slick foreign correspondent is dealt some bad news.

Is it time to change his ways?

05 LASTIf I'm Spared, Part Two20060106

After a second consultation, the correspondent's world is turned upside-down again.

Read by David Horovitch