Guardian short stories podcast

Guardian short stories podcast

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Subscribe free to our podcast, presented by the editor of the Guardian's Saturday Review section, Lisa Allardice. Each programme features an interview with a leading author and a reading of the author's favourite short story by another writer.

Episodes

James Salter reads Break it Down by Lydia Davis  

James Salter, the veteran American novelist and short story writer, reads a story by Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International prize

Will Self reads 'On Exactitude in Science' by Jorge Luis Borges  

Jorge Luis Borges's combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the 'truly veridical'. He gets his coordinates from 'On Exactitude in Science'

Nathan Englander reads 'The Story of My Dovecote' by Isaac Babel  

Nathan Englander finds Jewish history, corruption and man's inhumanity to man and pigeons in Isaac Babel's 'The Story Of My Dovecote'

Sebastian Barry reads 'Eveline' by James Joyce  

Forty years after he first read it, Sebastian Barry returns to James Joyce's short story Eveline

Anita Desai reads The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore  

Rabindranath Tagore returned again and again to the voiceless women of Bengal, as in his short story The Postmaster, says Anita Desai

Jon McGregor reads 'Notes from the House Spirits' by Lucy Wood  

Lucy Wood builds a story from glimpses and suggestions in 'Notes from the House Spirits', says Jon McGregor

Yiyun Li reads 'Three People' by William Trevor  

Yiyun Li reads William Trevor's 'Three People', a short story which moved her to write a story in reply, 'Gold Boy, Emerald Girl'

AS Byatt reads 'At Hiruharama' by Penelope Fitzgerald  

Penelope Fitzgerald looks at the world anew in her short story 'At Hiruharama', says AS Byatt

Hanif Kureishi reads 'A Hunger Artist' by Franz Kafka  

Franz Kafka's story of a man who starves himself for entertainment, The Hunger Artist, is 'absurb, moving and timely', says Hanif Kureishi

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads 'No Sweetness Here' by Ama Ata Aidoo  

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admires the 'old-fashioned social realism' of Ama Ata Aidoo's 'No Sweetness Here'

Nadine Gordimer reads 'The Centaur' by José Saramago  

José Saramago tackles the conflict between mind and body in 'The Centaur', says Nadine Gordimer

Simon Callow reads 'The Christmas Tree' by Charles Dickens  

Charles Dickens celebrated Christmas throughout his writing life. His autobiographical story 'A Christmas Tree' is 'almost Proustian', says Simon Callow

Ruth Rendell reads 'Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook' by MR James  

Ruth Rendell doesn't believe in ghosts, of course, but MR James's stories, like 'Canon Alberic's Scrapbook', frighten her nonetheless

Richard Ford reads 'The Student's Wife' by Raymond Carver  

Despite their restraint, Raymond Carver's 'early-period' stories, such as The Student's Wife, are full to the brim, says Richard Ford

Zadie Smith reads 'Umberto Buti' by Giuseppe Pontiggia  

Zadie Smith launches our winter series of short stories with an almost 'anti-Italian' story from Giuseppe Pontiggia, 'Umberto Buti'

Helen Simpson reads 'The Kitchen Child' by Angela Carter  

In the last of our 12 tales for Christmas, Helen Simpson reads Angela Carter's 'triumphant comedy', 'The Kitchen Child'


For more podcasts, including Philip Pullman reading Chekhov and Helen Dunmore reading Frank O'Connor, visit the Guardian short stories podcast page. To nominate your own favourite short story, join the discussion on our open thread

Short story podcast: Ali Smith reads A Conversation With My Father by Grace Paley  

Ali Smith reads a 'breathtaking, breathgiving' look at an argument between an elderly father and his writer daughter

In the original version of this podcast, Ali Smith's reading was cut short. The version below has been corrected with the full-length reading

Short story podcast: Tessa Hadley reads 'The Jungle' by Elizabeth Bowen  

Tessa Hadley reads a story from one of her 'writing family', Elizabeth Bowen's 'The Jungle'

Margaret Drabble reads 'The Doll's House' by Katherine Mansfield  

Margaret Drabble reads Katherine Mansfield's 'memorable, painful' The Doll's House – the first adult short story she ever read

For more podcasts, including Philip Pullman reading Chekhov and William Boyd reading JG Ballard, visit the Guardian short stories podcast page. To nominate your own favourite short story, join the discussion on our open thread

Colm Tóibín reads Music at Annahullian by  Eugene McCabe  

Colm Tóibín delights in the hidden landscapes and hidden lives revealed in Eugene McCabe's Music at Annahullian

For more podcasts, including Philip Pullman reading Chekhov and William Boyd reading JG Ballard, visit the Guardian short stories podcast page. To nominate your own favourite short story, join the discussion on our open thread

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