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Journalist Karoline Kan finds her own story’s roots in the China of previous generations.
Gripping contemporary novel by Lottie Moggach. Read by Will Howard.
Hamed Amiri's mother speaks out against the Taliban in Afghanistan, so they must flee.
Meet Queenie. She's a funny, intelligent, loving, expressive, dramatic, catastrophist.
A prison guard watches over a man sentenced to hang for the murder of his wife.
Emma is bored of village life and amuses herself by matchmaking and social scheming.
Twenty-something Julia wonders whether she's looking for love in all the wrong places
David Attenborough takes us back 4 billion years when life on our precious planet began.
Jon Ronson is disturbed to discover a fake Twitter account posting as himself.
Chris Maslanka traces the history of mankind's seemingly insatiable delight in puzzles.
Anna Maxwell Martin narrates George Eliot's story of grand passions and tormented lives.
David Attenborough introduces the diaries of J.A Baker based around the Essex countryside
Jia Tolentino considers weddings in her essay I Thee Dread, from her book Trick Mirror.
Nicola Coughlan reads the story of Majella’s week, a routine broken by news of her granny.
Meet Jenny a 35 year old magazine writer, unhealthily obsessed with social media.
Underpaid publicity agent Tiffy finds an unusual solution to her housing crisis.
Roxane Gay reads the memoir of her body and her hunger
Cynan Jones' electrifying new series, set in the very near future.
Megan Phelps-Roper on being raised in the aggressively homophobic Westboro Baptist Church
Part one of Vasily Grossman's dark and honest account of the battle of Stalingrad.
Brand new stories, from today’s best writers on Radio 4 – the home of the Short Story.
The dramatic story of one woman's escape from a life blighted by gang culture.
An early loss for the passionate poet-turned-musician.
Alone in Pimlico, Anthony has a moment of self-knowledge: the best is over.