Five Stories By Penelope Fitzgerald

A week of short fiction, broadcast as a tribute to the Booker Prize winner who died earlier this year.

These short stories, written in Fitzgerald's spare, elliptical prose, assume a simplicity which belies the myriad of subtleties contained inside.

The range of protagonists and settings is eclectic, whether Fitzgerald has evoked the plight of a convict in nineteenth century Tasmania or the pretensions of Victorian artists romanticising a French fishing village, all are etched with startling clarity.

This apparent transparency of narrative, coupled with Fitzgerald's gently ironic humour, is deceptive.

The meaning often remains opaque until the conclusion of the story, as each plot unfurls to reveal a spiritual or emotional truth at its centre.

Four of the stories were repeated as Stories By Penelope Fitzgerald

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01Desideratus2000072420030509

A week of short fiction, broadcast as a tribute to the Booker Prize winner who died earlier this year.

These short stories, written in Fitzgerald's spare, elliptical prose, assume a simplicity which belies the myriad of subtleties contained inside.

The range of protagonists and settings is eclectic, whether Fitzgerald has evoked the plight of a convict in nineteenth century Tasmania or the pretensions of Victorian artists romanticising a French fishing village, all are etched with startling clarity.

This apparent transparency of narrative, coupled with Fitzgerald's gently ironic humour, is deceptive.

The meaning often remains opaque until the conclusion of the story, as each plot unfurls to reveal a spiritual or emotional truth at its centre.

Four of the stories were repeated as Stories By Penelope Fitzgeraldread by Robert Glenister.

`On the back there was the figure of an angel and a motto - Desideratus.'.

01Desideratus2000072420030509

A week of short fiction, broadcast as a tribute to the Booker Prize winner who died earlier this year.

These short stories, written in Fitzgerald's spare, elliptical prose, assume a simplicity which belies the myriad of subtleties contained inside.

The range of protagonists and settings is eclectic, whether Fitzgerald has evoked the plight of a convict in nineteenth century Tasmania or the pretensions of Victorian artists romanticising a French fishing village, all are etched with startling clarity.

This apparent transparency of narrative, coupled with Fitzgerald's gently ironic humour, is deceptive.

The meaning often remains opaque until the conclusion of the story, as each plot unfurls to reveal a spiritual or emotional truth at its centre.

Four of the stories were repeated as Stories By Penelope Fitzgeraldread by Robert Glenister.

`On the back there was the figure of an angel and a motto - Desideratus.'.

02The Means Of Escape2000072520030316

Read by Claire Skinner

02The Means Of Escape2000072520030316

Read by Claire Skinner

03The Prescription20000726

read by John Moffatt

03The Prescription20000726

read by John Moffatt

04At Hiruharama2000072720030323

read by Nicholas Farrell.

04At Hiruharama2000072720030323

read by Nicholas Farrell.

05 LASTThe Red-haired Girl2000072820030330

Read by Juliet Aubrey

05 LASTThe Red-haired Girl2000072820030330

Read by Juliet Aubrey