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.
`On the back there was the figure of an angel and a motto - Desideratus.'.
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Read by Claire Skinner
read by John Moffatt
read by Nicholas Farrell.
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Read by Juliet Aubrey