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011/10: Leaving20190826

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 1/10: Leaving
It's Spring, and Robert sets off from his village with a few basic provisions and no idea of where he'll end up.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

01Leaving20190826

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: worldly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff, and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 1/10: Leaving
It's Spring, and Robert sets off from his village with a few basic provisions and no idea of where he'll end up.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

022/10: Nettle Tea20190827

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 2/10: Nettle Tea
Dulcie Piper introduces Robert to nettle tea, and some shocking new ideas

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

022Nettle Tea20190827

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 2/10: Nettle Tea
Dulcie Piper introduces Robert to nettle tea, and some shocking new ideas

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

033/10: Lobster20190828

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 3/10: Lobster
Robert discovers the pleasures of fine food, good wine and conversation

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

033/10: Lobster20190828

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff, Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 3/10: Lobster
Robert discovers the pleasures of fine food, good wine and conversation

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

044/10: Meadow Work20190829

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 4/10: Meadow Work
As Dulcie continues to provide lavish meals at her garden table, Robert insists on earning his keep.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

044/10: Meadow Work20190829

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff, and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 4/10: Meadow Work
As Dulcie continues to provide lavish meals at her garden table, Robert insists on earning his keep

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

055/10: A Leavetaking20190830

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 5/10: A Leavetaking
Robert says goodbye to Dulcie, but doesn't get as far as he'd planned.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

05A Leavetaking20190830

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 5/10: A Leavetaking
Robert says goodbye to Dulcie, but doesn't get as far as he'd planned.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

066/10: The Studio20190902

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 6/10: The Studio
Robert makes an unexpected discovery when he begins to clear out the shack in Dulcie's garden

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

06The Studio20190902

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: worldly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff, Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 6/10: The Studio
Robert makes an unexpected discovery when he begins to clear out the shack in Dulcie's garden

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

077/10: White Horses20190903

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 7/10: White Horses
Dulcie explains the significance of the poems Robert has found in the studio

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

077/10: White Horses20190903

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: worldly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 7/10: White Horses
Dulcie explains the significance of the poems Robert has found in the studio

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

088/10: A Strange Alchemy20190904

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: worldly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 8/10: A Strange Alchemy
Summer is in full swing in the meadow and at the shore, and Robert feels himself changing.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

088/10: A Strange Alchemy20190904

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 8/10: A Strange Alchemy
Summer is in full swing in the meadow and at the shore, and Robert feels himself changing.

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WW2

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

099/10: A Self, All Out at Sea20190905

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: worldly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 9/10: A Self, All Out at Sea
A poem provides the key Dulcie has been searching for since Romy's death

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

099/10: A Self, All Out at Sea20190905

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen-year-old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 9/10: A Self, All Out at Sea
A poem provides the key Dulcie has been searching for since Romy's death

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

1010/10: Galvanised by Love20190906

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: wordly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 10/10: Galvanised by Love
Life changes for both Dulcie and Robert with the discovery of Romy's last letter

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.

1010/10: Galvanised By Love20190906

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham mining village, desperate to see something of the world before he goes down the pit. Acutely attuned to the rhythms and delights of the natural world, he sleeps rough and takes work where he can find it, until he meets Dulcie Piper, an eccentric older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage looking out to sea. Dulcie is everything Robert is not: worldly, cynical, knowledgeable about poetry and politics, a lover of fine food and drink, someone who has seen both the best and the worst of human nature in the chaos of war. Despite their utterly different backgrounds, the two form an unlikely friendship which has a profound effect on both their lives.

As an old man, Robert looks back on that summer that changed the direction his life was to take, and the woman who opened his eyes to life's possibilities.

Benjamin Myers is an award-winning novelist, music journalist and landscape writer. His novel 'The Gallows Pole' received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction; 'Beastings' won the Portico Prize for Literature; and 'Pig Iron' won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize.

Kevin Whately is well known for his television roles in Boys From the Black Stuff and as Robert 'Robbie' Lewis in Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Episode 10/10: Galvanised by Love
Life changes for both Dulcie and Robert with the discovery of Romy's last letter

Reader: Kevin Whately
Abridger: Sian Preece
Producer: Sara Davies

Kevin Whately reads Benjamin Myers' lyrical coming of age story set in the wake of WWII.