Mavis Gallant Stories

Five stories by the Canadian author, who has lived for nearly sixty years in Paris.

Episodes

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200506121/5. By the Sea

Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun. There they encounter the formidable Mrs Parsters, a long-time local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible.

Read by Phyllida Nash.

Then News.

"1/5. By the Sea

Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun. There they encounter the formidable Mrs Parsters, a long-time local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible.

Read by Phyllida Nash.

Then News.

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1/5. By the Sea

Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun. There they encounter the formidable Mrs Parsters, a long-time local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible.

Read by Phyllida Nash.

Then News."

200506192/5. A Recollection

The first of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s. Edouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, a flamboyant Catholic-Jewish actress, purely to give her his name and ensure that she never has to wear a yellow star. Read by David Collins.

2/5. A Recollection

The first of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s. Edouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, a flamboyant Catholic-Jewish actress, purely to give her his name and ensure that she never has to wear a yellow star. Read by David Collins.

Then News.

"2/5. A Recollection

The first of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s. Edouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, a flamboyant Catholic-Jewish actress, purely to give her his name and ensure that she never has to wear a yellow star. Read by David Collins."

200506263/5. The Colonel's Child: In the second of three interlinked stories, Édouard has fled to London to work for the Free French. There he meets Juliette. Read by David Collins.

3/5. The Colonel's Child: In the second of three interlinked stories, Édouard has fled to London to work for the Free French. There he meets Juliette. Read by David Collins. Then News.

"3/5. The Colonel's Child: In the second of three interlinked stories, Édouard has fled to London to work for the Free French. There he meets Juliette. Read by David Collins."

200507034/5. Lena

In the third of three interlinked stories Édouard visits the elderly Magdalena, whose belief that she is his only true wife is unshakeable, now that his second wife, Juliette, is dead.

Read by David Collins.

4/5. Lena

In the third of three interlinked stories Édouard visits the elderly Magdalena, whose belief that she is his only true wife is unshakeable, now that his second wife, Juliette, is dead.

Read by David Collins.

Then News.

"4/5. Lena

In the third of three interlinked stories Édouard visits the elderly Magdalena, whose belief that she is his only true wife is unshakeable, now that his second wife, Juliette, is dead.

Read by David Collins."

200507105/5. The End of the World

William's father abandoned his family decades ago, but now he is dying in a French hospital and William makes the long journey from Canada to look after him. Now, he hopes, his father will at last say he is sorry.

Read by Garrick Hagon.

5/5. The End of the World

William's father abandoned his family decades ago, but now he is dying in a French hospital and William makes the long journey from Canada to look after him. Now, he hopes, his father will at last say he is sorry.

Read by Garrick Hagon.

Then News.

"5/5. The End of the World

William's father abandoned his family decades ago, but now he is dying in a French hospital and William makes the long journey from Canada to look after him. Now, he hopes, his father will at last say he is sorry.

Read by Garrick Hagon."

01By The Sea2004032920190818 (BBC7)
20190819 (BBC7)
An expat in Spain considers her return to England and the visitors at Villa Margate.

Five stories by Canadian author Mavis Gallant.

02A Recollection2004033020190825 (BBC7)
20190826 (BBC7)
Edouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, an older woman and former actress, to ensure she never has to wear a yellow star.

The first of three interlinked stories set in 1940s Paris.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant spent much of her life and career in France

Read by David Collins

Producer: Elisabeth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2004.

Edouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, a former actress.

Five stories by Canadian author Mavis Gallant.

03The Colonel's Child2004033120190901 (BBC7)
20190902 (BBC7)
Edouard has fled from Paris to London to work for the Free French. There he meets Juliette.

The second of three interlinked stories set in 1940s Paris.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant spent much of her life and career in France

Read by David Collins.

Producer: Elisabeth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2004.

Edouard has fled from Paris to London to join the Free French where he meets Juliette.

Five stories by Canadian author Mavis Gallant.

04Lena2004040120190908 (BBC7)
20190909 (BBC7)
In the final part of three interlinked stories, Edouard visits the elderly Magdalena who is now in a hospital on the edge of Paris. Magdalena’s belief that she is his only true wife is unshakeable, especially now that his second wife, Juliette, is dead.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant spent much of her life and career in France

Read by David Collins

Producer: Elisabeth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.

Following the death of Juliette, Edouard visits his first wife Magdalena in hospital.

Five stories by Canadian author Mavis Gallant.

05 LASTThe End Of The World2004040220190915 (BBC7)
20190916 (BBC7)
William has made the long journey from Canada to a Paris hospital, to see an ungrateful father who abandoned his family years ago. He hopes his father will, at last, say he is sorry.

Canadian writer Mavis Gallant spent much of her life and career in France

Read by Garrick Hagon

Producer: Elisabeth Edwards

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April 2004.

William visits his dying father in Paris and wonders if he will, at last, say he is sorry.

Five stories by Canadian author Mavis Gallant.

AR01By The Sea2004032920050612Five stories by the Canadian author, who has lived for nearly sixty years in Paris.

Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun.

There they encounter the formidable Mrs Parsters, a long-time local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible.

Read by Phyllida Nash

"

Read by Phyllida Nash"

AR02A Recollection2004033020050619The first of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Édouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, a flamboyant Catholic-Jewish actress, purely to give her his name and ensure that she never has to wear a yellow star.

Read by David Collins.

"The first of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Read by David Collins."

AR03The Colonel's Child2004033120050626The second of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Édouard flees to London to work for the Free French, and meets Juliette.

Read by David Collins.

"The second of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Read by David Collins."

AR04Lena2004040120050703The third of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Édouard visits the elderly Magdalena, whose belief that she is his only true wife is unshakeable, now that his second wife, Juliette, is dead.

Read by David Collins.

"The third of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Read by David Collins."

AR05 LASTThe End Of The World2004040220050710William's father abandoned his family decades ago, but now he's dying in a French hospital, and William makes the long journey from Canada to look after him.

He hopes that his father will at last say he's sorry.

Read by Garrick Hagon.

Read by David Collins.

"William's father abandoned his family decades ago, but now he's dying in a French hospital, and William makes the long journey from Canada to look after him.

Read by David Collins."