Truman Capote Short Stories

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01A Christmas Memory: Part One20131209

'Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning...'

Truman Capote considered 'A Christmas Memory' one of his best works of fiction. Kerry Shale reads the first of two parts as seven-year old Buddy and his best friend, the elderly Miss Sook, prepare for the festive season.

'"Oh my" she exclaims, "It's fruitcake weather. Buddy, stop stuffing biscuit and fetch our buggy. We've thirty cakes to bake."'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

01A Christmas Memory: Part One20131209

'Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning...'

Truman Capote considered 'A Christmas Memory' one of his best works of fiction. Kerry Shale reads the first of two parts as seven-year old Buddy and his best friend, the elderly Miss Sook, prepare for the festive season.

'"Oh my" she exclaims, "It's fruitcake weather. Buddy, stop stuffing biscuit and fetch our buggy. We've thirty cakes to bake."'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

02A Christmas Memory: Part Two20131210

The second part of 'A Christmas Memory', one of Truman Capote's favourite stories.

In the woods, Buddy and Miss Sook search for a tree. '"It should be" muses my friend, "twice as tall as a boy. So a boy can't steal the star." The one we pick is twice as tall as me.'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

02A Christmas Memory: Part Two20131210

The second part of 'A Christmas Memory', one of Truman Capote's favourite stories.

In the woods, Buddy and Miss Sook search for a tree. '"It should be" muses my friend, "twice as tall as a boy. So a boy can't steal the star." The one we pick is twice as tall as me.'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Thanksgiving Visitor: Part One20131211

'The Thanksgiving Visitor,' Part 1. Sook invites Buddy's worst enemy to their special dinner.

'Talk about mean! Odd Henderson was the meanest human creature in my experience... alas I was the object of his relentless attentions.'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Thanksgiving Visitor: Part One20131211

'The Thanksgiving Visitor,' Part 1. Sook invites Buddy's worst enemy to their special dinner.

'Talk about mean! Odd Henderson was the meanest human creature in my experience... alas I was the object of his relentless attentions.'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

04The Thanksgiving Visitor: Part Two20131212

'The Thanksgiving Visitor' Part 2.

'I felt Odd Henderson before I saw him: with the sense of peril that warns an experienced woodsman say of an impending encounter with a bobcat. To others he must have seemed simply a grubby twelve-year-old boy. But to me he was as sinister as a genie released from a bottle.'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

04The Thanksgiving Visitor: Part Two20131212

'The Thanksgiving Visitor' Part 2.

'I felt Odd Henderson before I saw him: with the sense of peril that warns an experienced woodsman say of an impending encounter with a bobcat. To others he must have seemed simply a grubby twelve-year-old boy. But to me he was as sinister as a genie released from a bottle.'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTOne Christmas20131213

'One Christmas', Buddy is invited to New Orleans to spend the festive season with his estranged father.

'I cried, I didn't want to go. I was afraid of strangers, But Sook said, "It's the Lord's will."'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTOne Christmas20131213

'One Christmas', Buddy is invited to New Orleans to spend the festive season with his estranged father.

'I cried, I didn't want to go. I was afraid of strangers, But Sook said, "It's the Lord's will."'

Read by Kerry Shale

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.