Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of loneliness and love is read by Barbara Barnes and abridged in ten parts by Libby Spurrier.

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0120041011

Vinnie Miner, a small, plain and unmarried Ivy League professor, is on her way to London for a six-month study leave.

On the flight she is forced to share the company of Chuck Mumpson, a balky balding man in a tan western suit and rawhide tie, and as the plane touches down she hopes never to see him again.

0220041012

Professor Vinnie Miner is happily established in London's literary society when her path crosses with young handsome colleague Fred Turner, also on a sabbatical, who has become involved with Rosemary Radley, an eccentric English actress.

0320041013

By a chance meeting, Vinnie becomes re-acquainted with Chuck Mumpson and against her better instinct agrees to help him in a quest for his English ancestors.

Meanwhile Fred, estranged from his wife in America, believes he is in love with Rosemary.

0420041014

Chuck arrives unannounced on Vinnie's doorstep for whisky and sympathy.

0520041015

Fred, Vinnie and Chuck meet up at a drinks party given by Rosemary Radley.

To Vinnie's surprise Chuck is an instant success with the other guests, but the evening ends in disaster for Fred.

0620041018

Whilst Fred and Rosemary are estranged, a late night visit brings Vinnie and Chuck closer together.

0720041019

Vinnie and Fred are both suffering with pangs of guilt; Vinnie over her new relationship and Fred about Roo, the wife he has left behind in America.

0820041020

Fred makes a shocking discovery when he tries for one last reconciliation with Rosemary Radley.

0920041021

Prompted by thoughts of Chuck, Vinnie embarks upon an uncharacteristic mission of mercy.

10 LAST20041022

Vinnie suspects that Chuck's affections have cooled, until a phone call turns her world upside down.