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The BBC Collection - Fiction

Here we present some terrific fiction listens from the BBC. From the classic Hans Christian Andersen to Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, you'll find something to entertain and enthrall you.

 

Enthralling BBC fiction

  • If it Keeps on Raining (BBC National Short Story Award 2010)
    by Jon McGregor
    Narrated by Ron Cook
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Early morning is the time when a man stands in his door way looking out at the river, reflecting on the traumatic experiences of his past and his expectations for the future. The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 administered in partnership with Booktrust.
  • BBC International Short Story Award 2012 (Shortlist)
    by AudioGO Ltd
    Narrated by AudioGO Ltd
    3.00 (1 ratings)
    All 10 shortlisted titles for the BBC International Short Story Award 2012: 'Escape Routes' by Lucy Caldwell, 'The Goose Father' by Krys Lee, 'Sanctuary' by Henrietta Rose-Innes, 'Even Pretty Eyes Commit Crimes' by M.J. Hyland, 'Black Vodka' by Deborah Levy, 'East of the West' by Miroslav Penkov, 'A Lovely and Terrible Thing' by Chris Womersley, 'In the Basement' by Adam T. Ross, 'Before He Left the Family' by Carrie Tiffany, and 'The iHole' by Julian Gough.
  • BBC National Short Story Award 2010 (5 Shortlisted Titles)
    by David Constantine, Aminatta Forna, Sarah Hall, Jon McGregor, Helen Oyeyemi
    Narrated by Emma Rydal, Ron Cook, Sirine Saba, Hugh Quarshie, Sian Thomas
    4.10 (13 ratings)
    The 5 shortlisted titles for the BBC National Short Story Award 2010 administered in partnership with Booktrust, containing:Tea at the Midland by David ConstantineDavid Constantine 2010 Haywards Heath by Aminatta FornaAminatta Forna 2010Butcher's Perfume by Sarah HallSarah Hall 2010If It Keeps on Raining by Jon McGregorJon McGregor 2010My Daughter the Racist by Helen OyeyemiHelen Oyeyemi 2010
  • BBC National Short Story Award 2011 (5 Shortlisted Titles)
    by M. J. Hyland, Alison MacLeod, Jon McGregor, K. J. Orr, D. W. Wilson, Sue MacGregor (Foreword)
    Narrated by Lydia Wilson, Mike Sengelow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Indira Varma, Trevor White
    3.80 (4 ratings)
    The 5 shortlisted titles for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011 administered in partnership with Booktrust, containing: Rag Love by M. J. Hyland, read by Mike Sengelow; The Heart of Denis Noble by Alison MacLeod, read by Tim Pigott-Smith; Wires by Jon McGregor, read by Lydia Wilson; The Human Circadian Pacemaker by K. J. Orr, read by Indira Varma; The Dead Roads by D. W. Wilson, read by Trevor White.
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  • BBC National Short Story Award 2013 (5 Shortlisted titles)
    by Sarah Hall, Lisa Blower, Lionel Shriver, Lucy Wood, Lavinia Greenlaw
    Narrated by Andrea Riseborough, Rebekah Staton, Nancy Crane, Hattie Morahan, Claire Skinner
    4.30 (10 ratings)
    The five titles shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013, administered in partnership with BookTrust. Contains: Mrs Fox by Sarah Hall read by Andrea Riseborough, Barmouth by Lisa Blower read by Rebekah Staton, Prepositions by Lionel Shriver read by Nancy Crane, Notes from the House of Spirits by Lucy Wood read by Hattie Morahan, We Are Watching Something Terrible Happening by Lavinia Greenlaw read by Claire Skinner.
  • Tea at the Midland (BBC National Short Story Award 2010 Winner)
    by David Constantine
    Narrated by Sian Thomas
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    What begins as a romantic outing for a couple turns into an afternoon fraught with tension as a piece of artwork exposes fundamental differences in their outlooks on life. The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 administered in partnership with Booktrust.
  • Christmas Book at Bedtime: Complete Series
    by Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, Laurie Lee
    Narrated by Patricia Routledge, Joss Ackland, Miriam Margolyes, Judi Dench, Richard Briers
    3.80 (62 ratings)
    Everyone loves a bedtime story. And here are eight of the best from BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime, each with a Christmas theme, written by an array of literature's best-known names. They include Laurie Lee, Charles Dickens, and Hans Christian Andersen - just some of the storytellers included in this collection.
  • Prepositions (BBC National Short Story Award 2013)
    by Lionel Shriver
    Narrated by Nancy Crane
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    A letter between two female friends is fraught with difficult emotions as long-held resentments are finally expressed. One woman's husband died in 9/11 while the woman writing the letter lost her husband on 9/11, in an incident unrelated to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Two deaths, both tragic, have sent the women's lives in opposite directions, placing unforeseen pressures on their friendship.
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  • Barmouth (BBC National Short Story Award 2013)
    by Lisa Blower
    Narrated by Rebekah Staton
    4.00 (1 ratings)
    The annual family holiday to the Welsh coast conjures childhood memories of a car packed full of children, parents, grandparents, picnics and arguments. In trips taken years later, tensions old and new remain ever present.
  • Notes from the House of Spirits (BBC National Short Story Award 2013)
    by Lucy Wood
    Narrated by Hattie Morahan
    4.30 (4 ratings)
    This beguiling story is a chronicle of the happenings and lives of the neglectful inhabitants of a Cornish house.
  • Butcher's Perfume (BBC National Short Story Award 2010)
    by Sarah Hall
    Narrated by Emma Rydal
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    A gritty coming-of-age story set in Carlisle. A disturbing event one summer closely binds a teenage girl to the awe-inspiring Slessor family in which the wild blood of the region runs strong. The BBC National Short Story Award 2010 administered in partnership with Booktrust.
  • Mrs Fox (BBC National Short Story Award 2013 Winner)
    by Sarah Hall
    Narrated by Andrea Riseborough
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    An earthy, contemporary fable about a professional and, as yet, childless couple who are content in their uninterrupted lives until one day the wife undergoes a remarkable transformation. The husband is left to battle against his disbelief and decide how to mourn the loss of his wife, whilst learning how to accept the brilliant creature she has become.
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  • Lido
    by Stella Duffy, Michele Roberts, Linda Cracknell
    Narrated by Adjoa Andoh, Joanna Tope, Finn den Hertog
    0.00 (0 ratings)
    Three stories that explore the most evocative experience of summer - outdoor swimming. 'To Brixton Beach': A mysterious swimmer spends all day in the pool at Brockwell Lido. Written by Stella Duffy. Read by Adjoa Andoh. 'Lido Lover': An Englishwoman finds a kind of fulfilment on the Venetian Lido. Written by Michele Roberts. Read by Joanna Tope. 'The Horizon Pool': An unexpected swimming companion in the UK's northernmost outdoor pool - the Trinkie in Wick - may hold the key to recovery for a teenage boy. Written by Linda Cracknell. Read by Finn den Hertog.