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  1. What I Learned from the Metaphysical Poets

    Short stories inspired by the poetry of John Donne, George Herbert and Andrew Marvell

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  2. Countryman's Cooking

    Leslie Phillips reads from WMW Fowler's definitive cookery manual for men

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  3. The Reading Group Stories

    Stories commissioned by readers' groups, recorded at the Birmingham Book Festival

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  4. Pier Shorts

    Stories by new writers inspired by Brighton's Palace Pier

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  5. Love in the Afternoon

    Series of love stories by bestselling romantic novelists

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  6. Liverpool Locations

    Stories by writers with a Liverpool connection, inspired by the city's famous places

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  7. Stories from the Bath Literature Festival

    Readings from the prestigious West Country event

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  8. Creative Writing Groups 2008

    Readings highlighting the best work from Creative Writing Groups in the North of England

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  9. Cupid Strikes

    Stories exploring the reality behind St Valentine's Day

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  10. Scene of the Crime

    Stories by leading crime writers

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  11. Dilemmas of Modern Martyrs

    Stories by Morven Crumlish

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  12. Portraits of East Anglia

    Stories by local authors, inspired by paintings of the East Anglian landscape

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  13. Granta Stories

    Pieces from the archives of the UK's most prestigious literary magazine

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  14. Treasure Island

    John le Carre reads Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story

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  15. Cribbins at Christmas

    Four readings by Bernard Cribbins

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  16. Remember Me

    Holly Aird reads a specially commissioned psychological suspense thriller by Nicci French

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  17. An Audience with Max Wall

    Tony Lidington plays the entertainer Max Wall in this series of shows

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  18. Blake's Doors of Perception

    Stories marking the 250th anniversary of William Blake's birth, each inspired by a quote

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  19. Red Mountain, Yellow River

    Short stories by writers from the Chinese diaspora about life in modern China

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  20. Telling the World

    Series of stories from cultures and folklore around the world

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  21. Ones to Watch (Volume 2)

    A talent showcase of unpublished work from new writers

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  22. The Big Chill

    Specially commissioned stories exploring the darker side of life

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  23. The Closed Door

    Series of stories by Dorothy Whipple

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  24. Alan Howard Reads

    The popular veteran actor reads a series of specially commissioned short stories

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  25. Cheltenham Festival Readings

    Five readings from the Cheltenham Literature Festival

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  26. Sputnik

    Stories celebrating the Russian satellite which started the space race in 1957

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  27. Walk the Blue Fields

    A selection of stories from Claire Keegan's collection

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  28. Strange Things Done in the Midnight Sun

    Series of famous narrative poems

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  29. The Uncommon Reader

    Alan Bennett reads from his book about a monarch with a passion for literature

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  30. Cheating at Canasta

    William Trevor reads five stories from his new collection

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