Alan Sillitoe Short Stories

Philip Jackson reads a selection of stories by the best-selling author.

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By Alan Sillitoe.

A young boy undertakes his most ambitious pyrotechnic project.

Philip Jackson reads a story by best-selling author Alan Sillitoe.

A young boy's obsession with fire engines develops into an addiction to lighting small fires.

However, a few short-lived flames and a cloud of smoke in the street doesn't seem enough.

He goes to the local wood for his most ambitious pyrotechnic project to date.

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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A young boy's obsession with fire engines develops into an addiction to lighting small fires.

However, a few short-lived flames and a cloud of smoke in the street doesn't seem enough.

He goes to the local wood for his most ambitious pyrotechnic project to date.

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20100622 (R4)

On his return from school, Enoch finds the house empty.

Where have his parents gone?

A young boy arrives home from school only to find his tea unprepared and the fire out.

He waits patiently for his mother and father to come home - and wonders what will happen if they never walk through the front door again.

One of a selection of stories from one of the UK's master storytellers.

Read by Philip Jackson

Written by Alan Sillitoe

Abridged by Fiona McAlpine

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

On his return from school, expecting his tea from his mother and his father to come back from work later, Enoch finds the house empty.

Where have his parents gone and when will they return? Two letters are waiting on the mat.

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Dave finds a live chicken which has fallen off a truck.

He scoops it up and takes it home to his mother, hoping for a delicious supper.

His slaughtering technique, however, leaves a lot to be desired, and the chicken - head or no head - seems to have a mind of its own.

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20100701 (R4)

Albert lives alone with his beloved dog.

In the evenings they collect lost golf balls from the local course, which fetch a few pence from the pawn shop.

When Albert meets a woman in the pub, it looks as if his life is about to change.

The dog, however, has other ideas.

It looks as if Albert's life is about to change.

His dog, however, has other ideas.

Perhaps challenging the notion that a dog is man's best friend, this is a touching story of a dog so set in its ways that nothing will persuade it to alter its routine - not even moving house.

Philip Jackson reads another story taken from Alan Sillitoe's collected works.

Abridged by Fiona McAlpine.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Sarah and Stephen are desperate to leave London and buy a home in the country.

A chance encounter with a funeral procession leads them to the perfect house for sale in the ideal village.

Or so it seems.

Sarah and Stephen have found their ideal country home.

Sarah and Stephen are desperate to leave London and buy a house in the country; a chance encounter with a funeral procession leads them to the perfect house for sale in the perfect village.

The previous owner has died in a car crash under mysterious circumstances.

His widow seems anxious to leave the house, and the new owners gradually discover why.

Read by Philip Jackson

Written by Alan Sillitoe

Abridged by Fiona McAlpine

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.