The Madeleine Effect

Five stories exploring the role played by food in our lives and memories.

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AR01The Most High Tea20060828

By Candia McWilliam, read by Tamara Kennedy.

An unusual family visit their favourite sweet shop and leave with far more than just a pleasant taste in their mouth.

AR02Broken Bread20060829

By Merryn Glover, read by Gary Lewis.

Helping out at his local soup kitchen, a man reflects upon his childhood.

Amid these memories, a tired old man sits down and begins to eat and, in doing so, reveals far more than he could have imagined.

AR03Mangoes20060830

By Joanna Blythman, read by Gerda Stevenson.

The award-winning food critic and writer shares her passion for mangoes, savouring the sticky sweetness of Indian and Pakistani mangoes, and exploring the subject of how one eats a mango.

AR04The Ghosts, The Astronauts, The Tipsy Cake And The Turks20060831

Written and read by Finlay Welsh.

A penniless man wanders the streets of Vienna fantasising about eating tipsy cake.

As his hunger grows worse, he is haunted by the city's ghosts and a strange scratching sound at his door.

AR05 LASTSkin And Bones20060901

By Sophie Cooke, read by Laura Fraser.

Francis likes to sew, write and cook, but she doesn't much like eating.

When she invites her newly discovered half-brother to dinner, she finds a whole new kind of fullness.