DH Lawrence’s powerful story about growing up and coming to terms with life’s realities.
Stories for Summer
Second Best by DH Lawrence
The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore
Tagore’s tale of a postman leaving his job and the poor girl he's been looking after.
The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield’s acclaimed story of a family are preparing for a lavish celebration.
Holiday Group by EM Delafield
EM Delafield’s subtle and satirical story of a family's summer trip to the coast.
Rats by MR James
MR James’ spine-tingling story about a young writer sojourn in a remote Suffolk inn.
A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
Woolf’s strangely romantic sketch of a ghostly couple watching over their old home.
The New Dress by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf’s sharply observed tale of a young woman’s fashion faux pas.
Wailing Well by MR James
MR James’ story of summer scout trip takes a sinister turn when Stanley breaks the rules.
A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin’s cleverly observed story about a woman’s ambivalence towards a guest.
After the Race by James Joyce
James Joyce’s youthful vignette about a jubilant, heady summer evening spent in Dublin.
A Country Cottage by Anton Chekhov
Chekhov's story of a newlywed couple whose harmony is broken by an arrival off the train.
The Flower Gatherer by Edward Thomas
Edward Thomas’s story of a child exalting in the joy of summer, with a sting in its tail.
Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy’s timeless parable of king seeking answers to life’s most important questions.
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane’s humorous story of a newlywed woman arriving in a raucous Texan town.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe’s story set during carnival season in 19th Century Italy.
The Man of No Account by Bret Hart
1850’s California. A group of young men are heading out to make their names and money.
The Fall of Lord Barrymore by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Two famous young bucks struggle for supremacy in fashionable London.
Tobermory by Saki
In Saki’s story a guest at Lady Blemley’s houseparty says he has taught her cat to talk.
The Open Window by Saki
Saki’s story about a suggestible man who is left reeling by a little girl’s spooky joke
The Siren by Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov’s tale of hungry court officials taunting each other with visions of food.
Mrs Badgery by Wilkie Collins
A man moves in to his new home, only to find the previous occupant hasn’t moved out.
Marriage a la Mode by Katherine Mansfield
A husband fears for his marriage when his wife falls in with a rather artistic set...
Lost Hearts by MR James
A young orphan is sent to live with his uncle who is involved in some unusual alchemy...
Aunt Hetty on Matrimony by Fanny Fern
The opinionated Aunt Hetty holds forth on that perennial dilemma – to marry or not?
The Monkey's Paw by WW Jacobs
Three wishes are granted to the owner of ‘the monkeys paw’ with terrifying consequences.
The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s story about a naïve young man taken in by an artist’s model.
The Dilettante by Edith Wharton
What is going on at the heart of Thursdale and Mrs. Vervain’s ambiguous relationship?
How I Built Myself A House by Thomas Hardy
In Thomas Hardy’s story, he describes the pitfalls of building a dream home from scratch.
At The Barbers by Anton Chekhov
In Anton Chekhov’s tale a barber cuts the old man’s hair.. but also dates his daughter
Stories for Valentine's Day
The District Doctor by Ivan Turgenev
Ivan Turgenev's story of doctor falling in love with his dying patient.
In a Far-Off World by Olive Schreiner
Olive Schreiner's fantasy story about two lovers dwelling on a faraway star.
Pyramus and Thisbe by Ovid
Ovid's story of Pyramus and Thisbe, finally united against the wishes of their families.
The Lovers by Hans Christian Anderson
Hans Christian Anderson's story of a spinning top falling hopelessly in love with a ball.
The Statute of Limitations by Ernest Dowson
Ernest Dowson's story of a traveler's sweetheart waiting faithfully for him at home.
Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf's story taking us into the minds of strolling couples enjoying Kew Gardens
About Love by Anton Chekov
Anton Chekov's haunting tale of missed opportunities and unconsummated love.
Love by Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant's poignant meditation on the nature of true love during a hunting trip.
Happiness by Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant's story of love overcoming all odds set on the island of Corsica.
The Kiss by Kate Chopin
Kate Chopin's story of a woman scheming to marry a wealthy man and maintain a young lover
The Cook's Wedding by Anton Chekov
Anton Chekov's story of a young boy mystified by the marriage of his mother's cook.
A Wedding Gift by Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant's story of a bachelor falling for a girl, but being haunted by his past
Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe's story of a widowed man finding new love.
The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde's story of a nightingale helping a young student to win a dance with his love
The Sphinx Without a Secret by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde's story of one man’s infatuation with the enigmatic Lady Alroy.
Stories for Christmas
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
A woman receives some bad news and has an unexpected response.
The Gift of the Magi by O Henry
Christmas story in which a poor, young married couple sacrifice everything to buy gifts.
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
Children's story in which a bad tempered giant learns not to be selfish.
The Elves and the Shoemaker by the Brothers Grimm
Christmas story about a poor cobbler who gets some magical help to do his work.
The Signalman by Charles Dickens
Spooky story about suspicious happenings in a railway tunnel.
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire by Arthur Conan Doyle
Holmes and Watson assist a man who suspects a vampire is wreaking havoc in his household.
The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle
Solicitor John Albermarle meets a disturbed young man with a very strange inheritance.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
Darkly intense story in which a man is haunted by his misdeeds.
At Christmas Time by Anton Chekhov
An illiterate couple worry when their daughter doesn't reply to their letters.
Papa Panov's Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy
A lonely man receives divine inspiration in a dream and spends Christmas helping others.
The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
Children's story about a living statue's quest to help others.
A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield
A woman bumps into an ex-lover and wonders if she has made a mistake.
Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell
Christmas story in which warring neighbours make peace.
The Mezzotint by M R James
A museum curator notices an engraving changes each time he looks at it.
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Sad Christmas story about a poor little girl who sells matches to pay for Christmas.