1968. Jill, mother to Harriet, Roland and Alice, arrives unexpectedly at her parents' home, children in tow. Read by Sian Thomas. From September 2015.
1968: Jill, mother to Harriet, Roland and Alice, arrives unexpectedly at her parent's home, children in tow.
Sian Thomas continues Tessa Hadley's tender and witty novel about siblings, secrets, misunderstandings and passion.
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 in 2015.
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