The Pre-War House & Other Stories

Ruth Gemmell reads five stories from Alison Moore’s collection The Pre-War House and Other Stories

Helicopter Jean

A father and daughter take a poignant woodland walk.


A lonely man takes his father’s old diving equipment out to sea.

Small Animals

Why has Kath been avoiding people, shut away in her remotely-situated house? Her friends Marilyn and Hannah investigate.

The Egg

William’s impressive collection of birds’ eggs lacks only one thing: an egg from a mute swan.


Over the last 40 years, Wilfred has never wanted anyone but Dorothy. But he’s never been a great romantic.

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 24th-28th February 2014 at 11:00 on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Production Credits:

Writer: Alison Moore
Reader: Ruth Gemmell
Broadcast Assistant: Liam Higgins
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Producer/Director: Jeremy Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Sol-Fa Canon For Aldo Clementi by Christopher Fox & performed by Trio Scordatura, Leaving On A Jet Plane by John Denver & performed by Peter, Paul and Mary & Just One Smile by Randy Newman & performed by Gene Pitney

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