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Short story of a man on the wrong side of conventional morals, later becoming a 2019 award-winning novel. Read by Blake Ritson.

Will Eaves's story is a vividly narrated account of a man finding himself on the wrong side of conventional morality.

Read by Blake Ritson.

Shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 - Will expanded it as a novel and won the Wellcome Prize Award 2019.

Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011. He teaches in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick. He is the author of four novels: The Oversight (2001; shortlisted for the Whitbread - now Costa - First Novel Award), Nothing To Be Afraid Of (2005; shortlisted for the Encore Award), This Is Paradise (2012), and The Absent Therapist (2014; shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize); and two collections of poetry: Sound Houses (2011) and The Inevitable Gift Shop (2016; shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry).

The five stories in the BBC National Short Story Award 2017 reflected an energy and excitement about short fiction from a generation of the UK's most dynamic, contemporary writers.

Abridged by Julian Wilkinson

Producer: Elizabeth Allard

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2017.

30 minutes


Role Contributor
Reader Blake Ritson
Abridger Julian Wilkinson
Producer Elizabeth Allard


  • Thu 21 Sep 2017 15:30
  • Thu 13 Sep 2018 06:00
  • Thu 13 Sep 2018 13:00
  • Thu 13 Sep 2018 20:00
  • Fri 14 Sep 2018 01:00
  • Sat 31 Aug 2019 12:00