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0120170820 (BBC7)
20170821 (BBC7)

On holiday in Amsterdam, retired couple Stella and Gerry find uncertainties between them.

Bernard MacLaverty's first novel in sixteen years is a profound examination of human love, loss and faith.

A retired couple, Stella and Gerry Gilmore, fly from their home in Glasgow to Amsterdam for a long weekend: a holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing, to take stock. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar but over the course of a few days we discover the deep uncertainties that exist between them.

The novel has been described by Colm Toibin as: "...a work of extraordinary emotional precision and sympathy, about coming to terms - to an honest reckoning - with love and the loss of love, with memory and pain... This is a novel of great ambition by an artist at the height of his powers."

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

Amanda Craig's new novel is a state-of-the-nation black comedy that highlights the growing disconnect between life in London and the rest of the country.

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London either; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded.

Ever practical, though, she rents out their London house for an extortionate sum in order to reap the city's ever-rising property market. The income covers the mortgage and allows them to rent a house in Devon (priced suspiciously low, even by rural standards).

Why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them all.

Reader: Amanda Lawrence
Writer: Amanda Craig
Abridger: Robin Brooks
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0220170827 (BBC7)
20170828 (BBC7)

A weekend in Amsterdam for Stella and Gerry exposes cracks in their forty-year marriage.

Amanda Craig's new novel is a state-of-the-nation black comedy that highlights the growing disconnect between life in London and the rest of the country.

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London either; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded.

Ever practical, though, she rents out their London house for an extortionate sum in order to reap the city's ever-rising property market. The income covers the mortgage and allows them to rent a house in Devon (priced suspiciously low, even by rural standards).

Why is their rent so low? What is the mystery surrounding their unappealing new home? The beauty of the landscape is ravishing, yet it conceals a dark side involving poverty, revenge, abuse and violence which will rise up to threaten them all.

Reader: Amanda Lawrence
Writer: Amanda Craig
Abridger: Robin Brooks
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0120170814

Bernard MacLaverty's profound examination of love, loss and faith. Read by Frances Tomelty

Bernard MacLaverty's first novel in sixteen years is a profound examination of human love, loss and faith.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry Gilmore, fly from their home in Glasgow to Amsterdam for a long weekend: a holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing, to take stock. Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar but over the course of a few days we discover the deep uncertainties that exist between them. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

The novel has been described by Colm Toibin as: "...a work of extraordinary emotional precision and sympathy, about coming to terms - to an honest reckoning - with love and the loss of love, with memory and pain... This is a novel of great ambition by an artist at the height of his powers."

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0220170816

A retired Northern Irish couple arrive in Amsterdam for a short holiday.

Bernard MacLaverty's first novel in sixteen years is a profound examination of human love, loss and faith.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry Gilmore, fly from their home in Glasgow to Amsterdam for a long weekend: a holiday to refresh the senses, to take stock.

Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar but over the course of a few days it becomes clear that their growing differences may be too much for their 40-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0320170817

Stella slips out on a private errand, while Gerry wrestles with a long-buried memory.

The new novel by Bernard MacLaverty, his first in sixteen years, is a profound examination of human love, loss and faith.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry Gilmore, fly from their home in Glasgow to Amsterdam for a long weekend: a holiday to refresh the senses, to do some sightseeing, to take stock.

Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar but over the course of a few days it becomes clear that their growing differences may be too much for their 40-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0420170818

Stella takes Gerry to the Begijnhof. Bernard MacLaverty's novel, read by Frances Tomelty.

Frances Tomelty reads Bernard MacLaverty's new novel, his first in sixteen years.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry Gilmore, have flown to Amsterdam from their home in Glasgow for a long weekend.

Their relationship seems safe, easy, familiar but over the course of a few days it becomes clear that their growing differences may be too much for their 40-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. She wants to leave him but doesn't know if she has the strength to go through with it.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0520170821

The growing tension between Stella and Gerry exposes cracks in their 40-year marriage.

Frances Tomelty reads the new novel by Bernard MacLaverty, his first in sixteen years.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry, are in Amsterdam for a long weekend. Although their relationship appears safe, easy, familiar it's increasingly clear that their growing differences may be too much for their forty-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

As the tension grows between them, Stella becomes increasingly distant, while Gerry wrestles with long-buried memories of a distressing experience from early in their marriage.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0620170822

A misunderstanding at the Anne Frank House leaves Stella reeling.

Frances Tomelty reads the new novel by Bernard MacLaverty, his first in sixteen years.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry, are in Amsterdam for a long weekend. Although their relationship appears safe, easy, familiar it's increasingly clear that their growing differences may be too much for their forty-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

As the tension grows between them, Stella becomes increasingly distant, while Gerry wrestles with long-buried memories of a distressing experience from early in their marriage.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0720170823

Gerry is beset by long-buried memories of an upsetting incident from early in his marriage

Frances Tomelty reads the new novel by Bernard MacLaverty, his first in sixteen years.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry, are in Amsterdam for a long weekend. Although their relationship appears safe, easy, familiar it's increasingly clear that their growing differences may be too much for their forty-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

As the tension grows between them, Stella becomes increasingly distant, while Gerry wrestles with long-buried memories of a distressing incident from early in their marriage.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0820170824

On the last day of the holiday, Stella returns to the Begijnhof for her meeting.

Bernard MacLaverty's new novel, his first for sixteen years, read by Frances Tomelty.

A retired Northern Irish couple, Stella and Gerry, are in Amsterdam for a long weekend. Although their relationship appears safe, easy, familiar it's increasingly clear that their growing differences may be too much for their forty-year marriage to withstand. Gerry, once an architect, is a heavy drinker who is set in his ways. Stella, a retired teacher, is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith.

As the tension grows between them, Stella becomes increasingly distant, while Gerry wrestles with long-buried memories of a distressing experience from early in their marriage.

Reader: Frances Tomelty

Writer: Bernard MacLaverty

Abridger: Kirsteen Cameron

Producer: Kirsteen Cameron.

0920170825

Bernard MacLaverty's examination of human love, loss and faith.