Writers Choice

Well-known writers introduce a favourite story of theirs.


A boy and his father stand hungry and destitute on the streets of Moscow, dreaming of … oysters. Chosen by short story writer Helen Simpson.

Writer: Anton Chekhov
Reader: Michael Maloney


Novelist and screenwriter Deborah Moggach chooses a chapter from Carol Shields’s last novel, Unless.

Writer: Carol Shields
Reader: Lorelei King

Faith, Hope & Charity

An accident on an English building site has repercussions back home in Ireland. Chosen by bestselling novelist Joseph O’Connor.

Writer: John McGahern
Reader: Adrian Dunbar

The Last Days of a Famous Mime

The enigmatic tale of a great artist’s last performance. Chosen by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

Writer: Peter Carey
Reader: Michael Maloney

A Conversation With My Father

A successful writer tries to satisfy her dying father’s wish for a proper story. Chosen by novelist Ali Smith

Writer: Grace Paley
Reader: Lorelei King

First Broadcast:

Monday - Friday, 10th-14th May 2004 at 15:30 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Interviewees: Helen Simpson, Deborah Moggach, Joseph O’Connor, Andrew Motion & Ali Smith
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose

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