Fascination

Stories by William Boyd

Stories from the new collection by one of our most popular writers, abridged for radio by Neville Teller.

Episodes

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02Varengeville20071218 (BBC7)
20120703 (BBC7)
20120704 (BBC7)

Young Oliver goes exploring and meets a painter - while his mother entertains her 'friend'

One summer young Oliver goes exploring and meets a painter - while his mother entertains her 'friend'. Read by Jonathan Firth.

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20070305 (BBC7)
20070306 (BBC7)
20071217 (BBC7)
20090427 (BBC7)
20090428 (BBC7)
20110307 (BBC7)
20120702 (BBC7)
20120703 (BBC7)

Stories by William Boyd

Stories from the new collection by one of our most popular writers, abridged for radio by Neville Teller.The narrator 'rewinds', 'fast forwards' and 'plays' his life in Oxford: women, History and reading Conrad to a blind Italian.

Slacking in Oxford, should he finish his doctorate, start the novel or simply get a grip on things

Read by Ben Miles

The Narrator 'rewinds', 'fast Forwards' And 'plays' His Life In Oxford women, History and reading Conrad to a blind Italian.

An Oxford post-graduate 'rewinds', 'fast forwards' and 'plays' through his life.

William Boyd adaptation read by Ben Miles.

An Oxford post-graduate 'rewinds', 'fast forwards' and 'plays' through his life. William Boyd adaptation read by Ben Miles.

02Varengville2004111620060214 (BBC7)
20060215 (BBC7)
20070306 (BBC7)
20070307 (BBC7)
20071218 (BBC7)
20090428 (BBC7)
20090429 (BBC7)
20110308 (BBC7)

His mother entertains every afternoon, so he leaves the house to cycle the lanes and meet people.

Read by Jonathan Firth.

When his mother entertains her 'friend', 11-year old Oliver is sent off to explore the French coast.

One day he meets a painter.

While his mother entertains her 'friend', Oliver explores and meets a painter.

William Boyd adaptation, read by Jonathan Firth.

One summer young Oliver goes exploring and meets a painter - while his mother entertains her 'friend'.

Young Oliver goes exploring and meets a painter - while his mother entertains her 'friend'

03Lunch2004111720060215 (BBC7)
20060216 (BBC7)
20070307 (BBC7)
20070308 (BBC7)
20071219 (BBC7)
20090429 (BBC7)
20090430 (BBC7)
20110309 (BBC7)
20120704 (BBC7)
20120705 (BBC7)

The narrator measures out his life in lunches.

Written by William Boyd and read by Bill Nighy.

From a bundle of restaurant receipts and comments we piece together the diners' eventful days.

Read by Bill Nighy.

From a bundle of restaurant receipts, we piece together the diner's eventful days.

Written by William Boyd.

From a bundle of receipts and comments, we piece together a diner's eventful days.

William Boyd adaptation, read by Bill Nighy.

From a bundle of receipts and comments, we piece together a diner's eventful days. William Boyd adaptation, read by Bill Nighy.

04Fantasia On A Favourite Waltz2004111820060216 (BBC7)
20060217 (BBC7)
20070308 (BBC7)
20070309 (BBC7)
20071220 (BBC7)
20090430 (BBC7)
20090501 (BBC7)
20110310 (BBC7)
20120705 (BBC7)
20120706 (BBC7)

Clara makes a living entertaining gentlemen.

One day she meets a highly talented teenage pianist.

Niamh Cusack reads.

One day she meets a talented teenage pianist.

She works in Vienna and meets someone who will become famous.

Read by Niamh Cusack.

Clara, who lives by 'entertaining' gentlemen, meets a talented teen pianist.

William Boyd adaptation, read by Niamh Cusack.

Clara, who lives by 'entertaining' gentlemen, meets a talented teen pianist. William Boyd adaptation, read by Niamh Cusack.

05 LASTThe Pigeon2004111920060217 (BBC7)
20060218 (BBC7)
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20070309 (BBC7)
20070310 (BBC7)
20071221 (BBC7)
20090501 (BBC7)
20090502 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)
20120706 (BBC7)
20120707 (BBC7)

Love, sickness, betrayal and family fissures.

And what is going on in Paris? Written by William Boyd.

Comedy and heartache on the estate, with echoes of that master storyteller, Anton Chekhov.

Read by Tom Goodman Hill.

Hope tries to understand the cruel behaviour of the chimps and John deteriorates.

And what is going on in Paris?

And what is going on in Paris? William Boyd adaptation, read by Tom Goodman-hill.

And what is going on in Paris? Read by Tom Goodman-Hill.

Love, sickness, betrayal and family fissures. And what is going on in Paris?

Love, sickness, betrayal and family fissures. And what is going on in Paris? Read by Tom Goodman-Hill.