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0120100315

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Michael Beard is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him, and now finds that his fifth marriage floundering.

But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Physicist Michael Beard finds that his fifth marriage is floundering.

02*20100316

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Michael Beard, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him, has been humiliated to discover that his fifth wife, Patrice, is having an affair with their builder, Rodney Tarpin.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Beard has been humiliated to discover that his wife, Patrice, is having an affair.

0320100317

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Professor Michael Beard, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has been away for a week on a climate change expedition in the Arctic Circle.

He returns home early to find an unexpected visitor - with shocking consequences.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Beard returns early from a climate change expedition to find an unexpected visitor

04*20100318

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Michael Beard, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has covered up the accidental death of his young colleague, Tom Aldous, and planted evidence to frame his wife's lover, Rodney Tarpin.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael has covered up the accidental death of his colleague and framed his wife's lover.

05*20100319

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

After the accidental death of a colleague, Professor Michael Beard has stolen the young scientist's files on solar energy and framed his ex-wife's lover for murder.

It is now five years later.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

It is now five years since Professor Michael Beard framed his ex-wife's lover for murder.

06*20100322

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

After divorcing his fifth wife, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard has a new girlfriend, Melissa, but she is behaving differently towards him.

Then he receives some unwelcome news.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Beard's new girlfriend, Melissa, is behaving differently towards him.

07*20100323

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Michael Beard has just been told by his girlfriend, Melissa, that she is pregnant.

This is not the news he wanted to hear.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael's girlfriend tells him she is pregnant.

0820100324

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Four more years have passed, and Professor Beard is travelling to New Mexico for the launch of his new solar energy plant.

But his plans - and his personal life - begin to unravel.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Four more years have passed, and Michael's plans - and personal life - begin to unravel.

09*20100325

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Professor Michael Beard is driving with his business partner, Toby Hammer, to Lordsburg in New Mexico for the official opening of their new solar energy plant.

But events are about to conspire against them.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Events are about to conspire against Michael Beard and his business partner, Toby Hammer.

10 LAST*20100326

Hugh Bonneville reads from Ian Mcewan's new novel.

Michael Beard is being pursued by a lawyer from Albuquerque and, to make matters worse, his American girlfriend, Darlene, has just told his English girlfriend, Melissa, that they are getting married.

Abridged by Barry Johnston.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Michael's American girlfriend tells his English girlfriend that they are getting married.