England And Other Stories [Graham Swift]

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A packet of pasta from the supermarket shelf reawakens a father's loss.

A packet of pasta from the supermarket shelf reawakens a father's loss. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4Extra by Sweet Talk.

This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Made for 4 Extra. A packet of pasta from the supermarket shelf reawakens a father's loss. Read by Ewan Bailey.

A selection of tales from the English novelist's short story collection.

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A love story, and how it happens.

A love story, and how it happens. Read by Jenny Funnell

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.

This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

A love story, and how it happens. Read by Jenny Funnell.

A selection of tales from the English novelist's short story collection.

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September 1805, and a young lieutenant awaits his first naval action with some trepidation

It is September 1805 and a young lieutenant awaits his first naval action with some trepidation. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.

This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

A selection of tales from the English novelist's short story collection.

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At Macintyre's warehouse, Mick Hammond turns the conversation to the nature of tragedy.

At Macintyre's warehouse, Mick Hammond turns the conversation to the nature of tragedy. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.

This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness" The Guardian

A selection of tales from the English novelist's short story collection.

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When a barber gets his last customer of the day, the conversation turns to friendship.

It's the last customer of the day for a Cypriot barber and the conversation turns toward friendship. Read by Ewan Bailey.

The 25 short stories that comprise England and Other Stories mark Swift's return to the short form after seven acclaimed novels. The stories dwell on the essence of Englishness and those chosen place us on the eve of the Battle of Trafalgar, in a barbers, a supermarket, a laboratory and Macintyre's warehouse, and in each place and time, Swift perfectly captures a universal truth from the minutiae of lives.

This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness: The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.

"This is a sharp, beautiful collection: every story quick and readable but leaving in the memory a core, a residue of thoughtfulness: The Guardian

Graham Swift came to prominence with this second novel Shuttlecock, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1983. That same year, Swift's Waterland, set in the Fens earned him a place on the shortlist for the Booker prize. Swift would go on to win the Booker prize in 1996 with his novel Last Orders, which became a film starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtney, Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.
Produced by Jeremy Osborne

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Sweet Talk.

A selection of tales from the English novelist's short story collection.