By Benjamin Markovits. All-American Sam is less than thrilled with his new Yugoslavian stepbrother, known to his classmates as Sputnik. Read by Ryan McCluskey. Show more
By Nick Walker. There is plenty of time to think during the long journey to Mars. And the new colony will need governance. Read by Peter Capaldi. Show more
By Anita Sullivan, read by Neil Dudgeon. For every successful space launch, there were plenty of rumours about missions that went wrong and were never reported. Show more
By Tom Stoppard: Matthew Arnold engages in animated internal debate with himself about his poem On Dover Beach and its place in history. Show more
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
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
By Marina Warner. Egypt 1901, some English army officers indulge in fox-hunting. Read by popular veteran actor Alan Howard.
By Nina Raine. A judge looks back on his childhood and a story that he told his children. Read by Alan Howard.
By Heidi Amsinck. Mr Roper visits Copenhagen to find that Mrs Vinterberg collects rather more than antiques. Show more
Nick Hennessey tells the creation story from the Karelian epic The Kalevala, an ancient myth from the Finno-Ugric people of the Baltic. It starts with the ocean and the wind. Show more
Series of stories from cultures and folklore around the world. Peter Chand tells his version of a story from the Punjab, via Wolverhampton. Show more
Daniel Morden tells one of Ovid's timeless tales of transformation, drawing on classical mythology to illustrate the power of enduring love. Show more
Series of stories from cultures and folklore around the world. Hugh Lupton tells a story from English folklore featuring the powerful magic of the fair. Show more
Jan Blake tells a tale from Ghana which serves as an uncompromising warning to those who refuse to hear what their ears are telling them. Show more
Short stories by writers from the Chinese diaspora about life in modern China. 1/5: Extra, by Yiyun Li. Granny Lin befriends a boy at school, but the bond between them is shattered.
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.
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.
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
By Salley Vickers. When Nathan inherits an old Chesterfield sofa from his mother, his first thought is to throw it out. But he finds that history cannot be discarded. Show more
One of the first things Patrick learns in prison is that you don't get to choose your cell-mate. By MJ Hyland, read by Paul Brennen. Show more