Perfect Lives

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01The Egg20111121

Perfect Lives is Polly Samson's second collection of short stories, each linked to the others by themes of imperfection, compromise and the joy of accepting life as it is.

1: The Egg, read by Claire Skinner

Celia's life is perfect; husband, children, beautiful house by the sea.

But it can take just one thing to turn a life upside down.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

Celia's life is perfect, but it can take just one thing to turn a life upside down.

02Barcarolle20111122

Perfect Lives is Polly Samson's second collection of short stories, each linked to the others by themes of imperfection, compromise and the joy of accepting life as it is.

2: Barcarolle, read by Mark Meadows

Just as a piano tuner might once have been a concert pianist, so a broken-backed upright can be the piano of someone's dreams.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

A broken-backed upright could be the piano of someone's dreams.

03The Birthday Present20111123

Perfect Lives is Polly Samson's second collection of short stories, each linked to the others by themes of imperfection, compromise and the joy of accepting life as it is.

3: The Birthday Present, read by Rosie Cavaliero

She had nothing to give him for his birthday.

But as it turned out, nothing was just perfect.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

But nothing turned out to be just perfect.

04The Rose Before The Vine20111124

Five readings taken from Polly Samson's collection Perfect Lives, each linked by themes of imperfection, compromise and the joy of accepting life as it is.

4: The Rose Before the Vine, read by Claire Skinner

Rose and her daughter Anna have a long history of disappointing each other; and just as Anna seems to have turned a corner in her life, Rose has to give her some devastating news.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

Rose and her daughter Anna have a long history of disappointing each other.

05 LASTRemote Control20111125

Five readings taken from Polly Samson's short story collection Perfect Lives, interlinked by themes of imperfection, compromise and the joy of accepting life as it is.

5: Remote Control, read by Rosie Cavaliero

Upstairs, two lovely little boys tucked up in bed; downstairs, a man and his television versus a woman and her cat.

Abridged and produced by Christine Hall.

Upstairs, two boys asleep in bed; downstairs, a man and his TV versus a woman and her cat.