Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

2/5 Julian Maclaren-Ross' darkly comic semi-autobiographical novel about the low life of a struggling salesman in a seaside town. With the shadow of war looming, Richard Fanshawe is eking out an existence in a boarding house. He's trying in a half-hearted way to sell vacuum cleaners door-to-door. His colleague, Derek Roper, introduces Fanshawe to his wife, Sukie, and the three of them begin to go about together. First published in 1947.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
Reader: Carl Prekopp
Producer: Beth O'Dea

Music: The Touch Of Your Lips by Hildegarde.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Wed 5 Oct 2016 02:00

The Reservoir Tapes

The Reservoir Tapes

Short story series by Jon McGregor set in the Peak District.

Short stories to keep

Short Story Primary

The fiction podcast featuring the best stories from the UK's finest writers

4 Stories

Audio Books

Download these highlights and all our programmes via the iPlayer Radio app.

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Clips of Books Content

Interviews, previews and reviews

Books website

Books home

Get closer to books with in-depth articles and radio & TV highlights.