The Warlow Experiment

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

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0120190722

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 1:
Herbert Powyss introduces John Warlow to what is to be Warlow’s new isolated life in the basement, for the next seven years.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0120190722

Herbert Powyss introduces John Warlow to what is to be Warlow’s new isolated life in the basement, for the next seven years.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0220190723

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 2:
Warlow begins his seven-year term of isolation. It is 1793 and planks are nailed across the basement door. Warlow and Powyss will meet again in 1800. When the experiment is completed, Warlow will get £50 a year for life.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Warlow begins his seven-year term of isolation.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0220190723

Episode 2:
Warlow begins his seven-year term of isolation. It is 1793 and planks are nailed across the basement door. Warlow and Powyss will meet again in 1800. When the experiment is completed, Warlow will get £50 a year for life.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Warlow begins his seven-year term of isolation.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0320190724

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 3:
Powyss has no family of his own and becomes entranced by Warlow's wife, Hannah. Powyss pays her and for her children to attend school.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. With Warlow isolated, Powyss becomes entranced by Warlow's wife.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0320190724

Episode 3:
Powyss has no family of his own and becomes entranced by Warlow's wife, Hannah. Powyss pays her and for her children to attend school.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. With Warlow isolated, Powyss becomes entranced by Warlow's wife.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0420190725

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 4:
Powyss gets ever more obsessed by Hannah. It's the constant gossip on the estate. Powyss has put in a listening tube so that he can monitor Warlow's movement. It is less effective than Powyss hoped for, but it will come back to haunt him.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Powyss gets ever closer to Hannah. It's the constant gossip on the estate.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0420190725

Episode 4:
Powyss gets ever more obsessed by Hannah. It's the constant gossip on the estate. Powyss has put in a listening tube so that he can monitor Warlow's movement. It is less effective than Powyss hoped for, but it will come back to haunt him.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Powyss gets ever closer to Hannah. It's the constant gossip on the estate.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0520190726

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London. Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job; a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 5
After three years, Powyss is losing heart with his experiment. But a cataclism awaits when the listening tube that Powyss had manufactured to spy on his prisoner is discovered by the enraged Warlow, who creates chaos in the cellar.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. After three years, Powyss is losing heart with his experiment.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0520190726

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London. Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job; a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 5
After three years, Powyss is losing heart with his experiment. But a cataclism awaits when the listening tube that Powyss had manufactured to spy on his prisoner is discovered by the enraged Warlow, who creates chaos in the cellar.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. After three years, Powyss is losing heart with his experiment.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0620190729

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 6:
Warlow's rages have calmed and the cellar is cleaned up. However the effect on Powyss is a fierce determination to end the experiment, even though his friend Benjamin Fox advises otherwise.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Warlow's rages have calmed and Powyss determines to release him.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0620190729

Episode 6:
Warlow's rages have calmed and the cellar is cleaned up. However the effect on Powyss is a fierce determination to end the experiment, even though his friend Benjamin Fox advises otherwise.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Warlow's rages have calmed and Powyss determines to release him.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0720190730

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 7
A handful of renegades, including Powyss' worker Abraham Price, intend to set Warlow, who cuts an ever more tragic figure, free. One of the maids, Catherine, initially opens the door.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. There are plans, conceived by one of the workers, Abraham, to free Warlow.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0720190730

Episode 7
A handful of renegades, including Powyss' worker Abraham Price, intend to set Warlow, who cuts an ever more tragic figure, free. One of the maids, Catherine, initially opens the door.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. There are plans, conceived by one of the workers, Abraham, to free Warlow.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0820190731

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 8
Catherine sets about caring for Warlow who, she perceives, has been living like an animal in the cellar.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Catherine sets about caring for Warlow who has been living like an animal.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0820190731

Catherine sets about caring for Warlow who, she perceives, has been living like an animal in the cellar.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Catherine sets about caring for Warlow who has been living like an animal.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0920190801

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 9
Warlow, freed from the cellar by Abraham Price, sees his children but does not know them. His wife, though, he has recognised.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Warlow, is freed from the cellar by Abraham Price.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

0920190801

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 9
Warlow, freed from the cellar by Abraham Price, sees his children but does not know them. His wife, though, he has recognised.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. Warlow, is freed from the cellar by Abraham Price.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

1020190802

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 10
With the death of Hannah, at Warlow's hands, Powyss is subsumed by guilt. Hannah had been expecting his child. Catherine will care for the family. One day, a beggar knocks on her door.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. With the death of Hannah, at Warlow's hands, Powyss is subsumed by guilt.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.

1020190802

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss lives on an estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman’s fashionable investigation into botanical experimentation. But he longs to make his mark in the field of science – something consequential enough to present to The Royal Society in London.

Influenced by something he’s read, he decides to conduct a radical investigation into the Resilience of the Human Mind Without Society. He places an ad for a suitable guinea pig.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job - a semi-literate, angry wife-basher.

What could possibly go wrong?

Episode 10
With the death of Hannah, at Warlow's hands, Powyss is subsumed by guilt. Hannah had been expecting his child. Catherine will care for the family. One day, a beggar knocks on her door.

Alix Nathan is the author of His Last Fire, a collection of short stories and the novel The Flight Of Sarah Battle.

Writer: Alix Nathan
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Reader: Robert Glenister
Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

By Alix Nathan. With the death of Hannah, at Warlow's hands, Powyss is subsumed by guilt.

By Alix Nathan. Herbert Powyss sets out to make his mark in the field of science.