I Want To Be Alone

To mark the centenary of Greta Garbo's birth, five stories about being alone, inspired by the statement attributed to this screen icon and famous recluse.


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By Jenny Diski.

Are we ever really alone? A writer, looking for inspiration, escapes to a remote cottage.

She revels in the isolation but others grow concerned when she doesn't appear outside for three days.

Read by Eleanor Bron

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By Bernadine Evaristo.

A woman's feelings of alienation and isolation are embodied in the frozen landscape of the Arctic.

Read by Adjoa Andoh

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By Jim Crace.

The story's narrator attempts to come to terms with the death of his mother.

Read by Jeremy Swift.

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By Marina Warner.

The ghostly voice of an anchorite intrudes upon a school trip to Norfolk as she whispers the story behind her solitary existence.

Annie....Zara Turner

Birgitta....Clare Corbett

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By Henry Shukman.

A young couple's relationship is at breaking point as they travel round Barcelona's famous landmark.

Will another building in the city have the power to reunite them or are they destined to go their separate ways?

Read by Christopher Kelham.