The Forgotten Waltz

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01Encounters20110523

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

'The amazing thing is how much I got in that first glance: how much, in retrospect, I should have known.

It is all there: the twitch of interest in Sean, the whole business with Evie; I remember this very clearly, as I remember the neat and indomitable politeness of his wife.'

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality,damage and a love that can't be overstated.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack, currently starring in Cause Celebre at the Old Vic.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

Niamh Cusack begins Anne Enright's astute new novel about lust and love, bliss and denial.

02In These Shoes20110524

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

'The amazing thing is how much I got in that first glance: how much, in retrospect, I should have known.

It is all there: the twitch of interest in Sean, the whole business with Evie; I remember this very clearly, as I remember the neat and indomitable politeness of his wife.'

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality, damage and a love that can't be overstated.

In today's episode an international conference in Switzerland, too much booze and the luxury of the kiss sets lust in motion.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

An international conference in Switzerland - the luxury of a kiss sets lust in motion.

03Kiss Me Honey, Honey20110525

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality, damage and a love that can't be surpassed or ignored.

In today's episode an invitation from his wife to a New Year's Day party, a stolen kiss and an unwanted witness.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

An invitation from his wife to a New Year's Day party, a kiss and an unwanted witness.

04Dance Me To The End Of Love20110526

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality, damage and a love that can't be ignored or surpassed.

In today's episode, hotel rooms, the Mistress Game and an unexpected devastation.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

Hotel rooms, the Mistress Game and an unexpected devastation.

05How Can I Be Sure20110527

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality, damage and a love that can't be ignored or surpassed.

In today's episode: breaking up and looking back, in the shadow of a For Sale sign, and Dublin's general disapproval.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

Breaking up and looking back, in the shadow of a For Sale sign, and Dublin's disapproval.

07Knocking On Heaven's Door20110531

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality, damage and a love that can't be ignored or surpassed.

In today's episode, Christmas without your lover, and figuring out Evie's story - and Sean's heart.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

Christmas without your lover, and figuring out Evie's story - and Sean's heart.

08 LASTThe Things We Do For Love20110601

'The Forgotten Waltz' is Anne Enright's long-awaited novel, her first since 'The Gathering', which won the Man Booker 2007.

In a snow blanketed Dublin, Gina reflects on the last decade, from the moment she first caught a glimpse of Sean Vallely, through a haze of cigarette smoke, through the happenstance and lust, the hotel rooms and the secrets, that have brought down two marriages, three mortgages and left her a reluctant inhabitant of her childhood home.

Startling, honest, witty and wry, Enright's novel captures the nuances and the bliss of an overwhelming attraction that becomes an affair and charts the gradual encroachment of reality, damage and a love that can't be ignored or surpassed.

In today's episode Gina realises what she owes to Evie - and what Evie will always have over her.

The Reader is Niamh Cusack.

The Abridger is Sally Marmion

The Producer is Di Speirs.

Gina realises what she owes to Evie - and what Evie will always have over her.