Mavis Gallant Stories

Five stories by the Canadian author, who has lived for nearly sixty years in Paris.

Episodes

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AR01By The Sea2004032920050612

Mrs Owens and the Tuttlingens are staying at the same English villa on the Spanish coast, bored under the hot sun.

There they encounter the formidable Mrs Parsters, a long-time local resident whose intuitions are almost infallible.

Read by Phyllida Nash

AR02A Recollection2004033020050619

The first of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Édouard, an idealistic young student, marries Magdalena, a flamboyant Catholic-Jewish actress, purely to give her his name and ensure that she never has to wear a yellow star.

Read by David Collins.

AR03The Colonel's Child2004033120050626

The second of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Édouard flees to London to work for the Free French, and meets Juliette.

Read by David Collins.

AR04Lena2004040120050703

The third of three interlinked stories is set in Paris in the early 1940s.

Édouard visits the elderly Magdalena, whose belief that she is his only true wife is unshakeable, now that his second wife, Juliette, is dead.

Read by David Collins.

AR05 LASTThe End Of The World2004040220050710

William's father abandoned his family decades ago, but now he's dying in a French hospital, and William makes the long journey from Canada to look after him.

He hopes that his father will at last say he's sorry.

Read by Garrick Hagon.

Read by David Collins.