The Vital Spark - A Far Cry From Kensington

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0120180108Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.
War widow Mrs Hawkins enjoys her life; her rooms suit her, she cherishes good friends and holds a coveted job working with books. But when an author starts to make a nuisance of himself, her life will change beyond recognition.
Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

Muriel Spark's autobiographical novel set amid the postwar London publishing scene.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0220180109Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.
War widow Mrs Hawkins' future prospects look uncertain as the Ullswater Press falters: meanwhile there are more pressing problems close to home.
Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

Mrs Hawkins' future looks increasingly uncertain as problems arise at work and at home.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0320180110Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

War widow Mrs Hawkins is perturbed by the poison pen letter sent to neighbour Wanda. However a problem with her beloved career is about to eclipse all other issues.

Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

As problems mount at home, Mrs Hawkins is about to hit problems in her publishing career.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0420180111Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

War widow Mrs Hawkins has lost her job after insulting a well-connected author. However the free time she finds herself with will do wonders for her love life.

Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

After losing her job in publishing, war widow Mrs Hawkins finds her love life improved.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0520180112Mrs Hawkins hopes to put her troubles at the Ullswater Press behind her.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0620180115Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

Mrs Hawkins is thriving in her new job and continues to lose weight. But a figure from her past is about to make an unwelcome appearance.

Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

As Mrs Hawkins thrives at work an unwelcome figure from the past is set to intrude.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0720180116Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

Wanda continues to behave strangely as Mrs Hawkins mulls on the loss of another job in publishing. Before long her thoughts turn to her brief wartime marriage to the late Tom Hawkins.

Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

As Wanda's health deteriorates Mrs Hawkins remembers her wartime marriage to the late Tom.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0820180117Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

As Wanda Podolak edges ever closer to breakdown, Nancy has spent an unexpected night with neighbour and medical student William Todd.

Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

Wanda edges closer to breakdown as neighbours Nancy and William spend the night together.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature

0920180118In shock after Wanda's suicide, Nancy Hawkins has applied for a job at a new magazine.

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1020180119Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

Although she enjoys her new job and looks forward to the future with William Todd, Nancy dreads the reappearance of hack writer Hector Bartlett.

Read by Maggie Service
Abridged by Rosemary Goring
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

Even as she enjoys her new job, Nancy dreads the reappearance of writer Hector Bartlett.

Readings from modern classics, new works by leading writers and world literature