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0120160314

Matthew Oxenhay has spent most of his life taking risks. Trading futures in the City has earned him a large house in Barnet equipped with a loving wife and two grown-up children to whom he is an embarrassment.

Seizing on his 60th birthday party as an opportunity to deliver some rather crushing home truths to his assembled loved ones, it seems as though Matthew might have hit rock bottom.

The truth, however, is that he has some way to go yet.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

Matthew Oxenhay has spent most of his life taking risks. Trading futures in the City has earned him a large house in Barnet equipped with a loving wife and two grown-up children to whom he is an embarrassment.

Seizing on his 60th birthday party as an opportunity to deliver some rather crushing home truths to his assembled loved ones, it seems as though Matthew might have hit rock bottom.

The truth, however, is that he has some way to go yet.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0120160314

Matthew Oxenhay has spent most of his life taking risks. Trading futures in the City has earned him a large house in Barnet equipped with a loving wife and two grown-up children to whom he is an embarrassment.

Seizing on his 60th birthday party as an opportunity to deliver some rather crushing home truths to his assembled loved ones, it seems as though Matthew might have hit rock bottom.

The truth, however, is that he has some way to go yet.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0220160315

Sacked from his job but maintaining the fiction of work, sixty year old Matthew encounters an old friend as he whiles away an afternoon at Tate Modern.

Anna, it's the girl - well, woman now - he fell for in 1967. The girl who asked him to go to Europe with her, the one who got away.

But Matthew isn't sure that he should level with her and confess that they have met before. Maybe he deserves a bit of inside information. He also deserves a glass of wine.

As Matthew contemplates the unending horrors of retirement, his mind lures him back to a past when the future he was gambling on seemed full of promise and excitement.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0220160315

Sacked from his job but maintaining the fiction of work, sixty year old Matthew encounters an old friend as he whiles away an afternoon at Tate Modern.

Anna, it's the girl - well, woman now - he fell for in 1967. The girl who asked him to go to Europe with her, the one who got away.

But Matthew isn't sure that he should level with her and confess that they have met before. Maybe he deserves a bit of inside information. He also deserves a glass of wine.

As Matthew contemplates the unending horrors of retirement, his mind lures him back to a past when the future he was gambling on seemed full of promise and excitement.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0320160316

In the months following his sixtieth birthday party, Matthew Oxenhay has lost his job and - by chance - met a woman he was in love with before he went to university. His former boss Rupert has offered him the use of his old office and found a few intern-like jobs for him to do, while he negotiates the transition from work to retirement.

Matthew has still not told his wife, Judy, that he is no longer employed in trading futures in the City. In any case, the world of finance is in imploding turmoil.

Neither does Matthew confess to Anna that they have met before. Nevertheless, he sets off to visit her with some notion of romance in mind.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0320160316

In the months following his sixtieth birthday party, Matthew Oxenhay has lost his job and - by chance - met a woman he was in love with before he went to university. His former boss Rupert has offered him the use of his old office and found a few intern-like jobs for him to do, while he negotiates the transition from work to retirement.

Matthew has still not told his wife, Judy, that he is no longer employed in trading futures in the City. In any case, the world of finance is in imploding turmoil.

Neither does Matthew confess to Anna that they have met before. Nevertheless, he sets off to visit her with some notion of romance in mind.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy, blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0420160317

Anna is uncertain what to make of Matthew. Matthew is not quite sure what he wants. As his world begins to whirl in unnerving ways, he struggles to make a decision about his future while grappling with what he understands of his past.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0420160317

Anna is uncertain what to make of Matthew. Matthew is not quite sure what he wants. As his world begins to whirl in unnerving ways, he struggles to make a decision about his future while grappling with what he understands of his past.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0520160318

The road unravels in front of Matthew Oxenhay. The decades of his retirement are upon him. He calls home and speaks to Judy.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0520160318

The road unravels in front of Matthew Oxenhay. The decades of his retirement are upon him. He calls home and speaks to Judy.

Jim Powell's short novel is a miniature tragi-comedy blending elements of King Lear and Reggie Perrin. Mordant wit accompanies a spiralling mania with flashes of brilliant perception. Love and hope battle with a fear of change and the perilous appeal of an ending.

Author : Jim Powell

Reader : Toby Jones

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.