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4 Extra Debut. A 28-year old war widow works in a publishing house which is teetering on the brink of financial ruin. Read by Maggie Service.

Muriel Spark's playful and autobiographical novel set amid London's post-war publishing scene.

War widow Mrs Hawkins enjoys her life; her rooms suit her, she cherishes good friends and holds a coveted job working with books.

But when an author starts to make a nuisance of himself, her life will change beyond recognition...

Read by Maggie Service.

Abridged by Rosemary Goring.

Producer: Eilidh McCreadie.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2018.

15 minutes

Last on

Tue 20 Apr 2021 02:00

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Reader Maggie Service
Author Muriel Spark
Abridger Rosemary Goring
Producer Eilidh McCreadie


  • Mon 8 Jan 2018 22:45
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