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Episode 5

Episode 5 of 10

The children observe more strange adult behaviour while Harriet comes to experience something new. Read by Sian Thomas.

The children observe more strange adult behaviour and Harriet experiences something new.

Sian Thomas reads Tessa Hadley's powerful and haunting novel, a beautifully observed portrait of a family and the change wrought by time across the generations.

Three middle-aged sisters and a brother meet up in their grandparents' old house for three long, hot summer weeks. Under the idyllic surface, there are immediate tensions. Secrets, misunderstandings and passion play out as the characters shift and reappraise and a way of life - bourgeois, literate, ritualised - winds down to its inevitable end.

While the siblings circle each other, and the adolescents approach each other, the children watch and come to their own conclusions.

Tessa Hadley is one of Britain's finest writers, an acute observer of character, time and place and the most published short story writer in the New Yorker in recent years.

Abridged by Sally Marmion
Producer: Di Speirs

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2015.

11 days left to listen

15 minutes

Last on

Sat 21 Mar 2020 02:00


Role Contributor
Reader Sian Thomas
Author Tessa Hadley
Abridger Sally Marmion
Producer Di Speirs