short stories podcasts

David Mitchell on The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs – short story podcast

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell introduces one of the great, early 20th century horror stories: WW Jacobs’s...

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Jonathan Safran Foer on Aleksandar Hemon's The Bees, Part 1 – short story podcast

Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he loves this tale about the Bosnian author’s father, which is then read by Chris...

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What makes a good short story? With Chris Power – books podcast

Chris Power, the Guardian’s resident short-story expert and now debut author himself, joins us to talk about reading...

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Jennifer Egan and M John Harrison – books podcast

On this week’s show, we examine the writing life with a Pulitzer winner who is not afraid to experiment and a...

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Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – short story podcast

In this instalment of our seasonal short story special, we have Neil Gaiman share why he loves Kipling’s melancholy...

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Penelope Lively on MR James' Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad – books podcast

You’ll never sleep in a twin bedroom again after hearing this classic Edwardian ghost story, selected by Penelope...

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Neil Gaiman on Rudyard Kipling's The Gardener – books podcast

Neil Gaiman introduces Rudyard Kipling’s The Gardener, a melancholy tale from 1925, as part of our seasonal series of...

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Zadie Smith on Giuseppe Pontiggia's Umberto Buti – books podcast

Zadie Smith shares why she loves this almost ‘anti-Italian’ story from Giuseppe Pontiggia, then reads the story, as...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Ama Ata Aidoo – books podcast

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shares why she admires the ‘old-fashioned social realism’ of the Ghanaian writer’s No...

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Chanterelles by Evie Wyld – Forest fables podcast

In our fourth exclusive sound story celebrating Britain’s forests, the Granta young British novelist Evie Wyld reads...

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The Common Dean by Alan Garner - Forest Fables podcast

In the second of our series of exclusive sound stories celebrating Britain's forests, Alan Garner reads his own tale...

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The Green Stuff by Ali Smith - Forest Fables podcast

In the first of a series of exclusive sound stories inspired by the UK's woodlands, the award-winning writer weaves a...

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The Princess Forest by Alec Finlay - Forest fables podcast

In the third of our series of exclusive sound stories celebrating Britain’s forests, the Scottish poet and artist...

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The Common Dean by Alan Garner - Forest Fables podcast

In the second of our series of exclusive sound stories celebrating Britain’s forests, Alan Garner reads his own tale...

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The Green Stuff by Ali Smith - Forest Fables podcast

In the first of a series of exclusive sound stories inspired by the UK’s woodlands, the award-winning writer weaves a...

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Philip Hensher on the great British short story – books podcast

Famous authors from Arthur Conan Doyle to Zadie Smith mingle with unfamiliar talents in an anthology which –...

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Chanterelles by Evie Wyld – Forest fables podcast

In our fourth exclusive sound story celebrating Britain's forests, the Granta young British novelist Evie Wyld reads...

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The Princess Forest by Alec Finlay - Forest fables podcast

In the third of our series of exclusive sound stories celebrating Britain's forests, the Scottish poet and artist...

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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...

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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...

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