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Afternoon Reading

Alan Howard Reads

Episode 2: Marriage Lines

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

By Julian Barnes. A return visit to the island of Barra brings back memories of decades past, holidays and young love. Read by the veteran actor. Show more

Afternoon Reading

Alan Howard Reads

Episode 3: The Tipping Point

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

By Helen Simpson. A car journey and a CD of Schubert Lieder allow an English academic to reflect on the painful conclusion to a love affair. Show more

Afternoon Reading

Red Mountain, Yellow River

Episode 2: Then the Game Begins

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Short stories by writers from the Chinese diaspora about life in modern China. 2/5: Then the Game Begins. The stakes are high in Xialou Guo's story of gambling and illicit romance.

Afternoon Reading

Red Mountain, Yellow River

Episode 3: Taken for a Ride

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Short stories by writers from the Chinese diaspora about life in modern China. 3/5: Taken for a Ride, by Liu Hong. Jinnan's beautiful music evokes powerful memories of lost love.

Afternoon Reading

The Big Chill

Episode 2: Blood in Stone

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

By Frances Fyfield. John Smith sets off through the woods at night in search of the haunted house he grew up in, equipped with matches and cans of petrol. Read by Nicholas Gleaves. Show more