Guardian short stories podcast
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Subscribe free to our podcast, presented by the editor of the Guardian's Saturday Review section, Lisa Allardice. Each programme features an interview with a leading author and a reading of the author's favourite short story by another writer.
||James Salter reads Break it Down by Lydia Davis||James Salter, the veteran American novelist and short story writer, reads a story by Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International prize||21 5 13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Simon Callow reads 'The Christmas Tree' by Charles Dickens||Charles Dickens celebrated Christmas throughout his writing life. His autobiographical story 'A Christmas Tree' is 'almost Proustian', says Simon Callow||20 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ruth Rendell reads 'Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook' by MR James||Ruth Rendell doesn't believe in ghosts, of course, but MR James's stories, like 'Canon Alberic's Scrapbook', frighten her nonetheless||20 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||AS Byatt reads 'At Hiruharama' by Penelope Fitzgerald||Penelope Fitzgerald looks at the world anew in her short story 'At Hiruharama', says AS Byatt||14 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hanif Kureishi reads 'A Hunger Artist' by Franz Kafka||Franz Kafka's story of a man who starves himself for entertainment, The Hunger Artist, is 'absurb, moving and timely', says Hanif Kureishi||14 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jon McGregor reads 'Notes from the House Spirits' by Lucy Wood||Lucy Wood builds a story from glimpses and suggestions in 'Notes from the House Spirits', says Jon McGregor||14 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sebastian Barry reads 'Eveline' by James Joyce||Forty years after he first read it, Sebastian Barry returns to James Joyce's short story Eveline||12 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anita Desai reads The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore||Rabindranath Tagore returned again and again to the voiceless women of Bengal, as in his short story The Postmaster, says Anita Desai||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Self reads 'On Exactitude in Science' by Jorge Luis Borges||Jorge Luis Borges's combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the 'truly veridical'. He gets his coordinates from 'On Exactitude in Science'||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nathan Englander reads 'The Story of My Dovecote' by Isaac Babel||Nathan Englander finds Jewish history, corruption and man's inhumanity to man and pigeons in Isaac Babel's 'The Story Of My Dovecote'||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Zadie Smith reads 'Umberto Buti' by Giuseppe Pontiggia||Zadie Smith launches our winter series of short stories with an almost 'anti-Italian' story from Giuseppe Pontiggia, 'Umberto Buti'||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads 'No Sweetness Here' by Ama Ata Aidoo||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admires the 'old-fashioned social realism' of Ama Ata Aidoo's 'No Sweetness Here'||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nadine Gordimer reads 'The Centaur' by José Saramago||José Saramago tackles the conflict between mind and body in 'The Centaur', says Nadine Gordimer||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Ford reads 'The Student's Wife' by Raymond Carver||Despite their restraint, Raymond Carver's 'early-period' stories, such as The Student's Wife, are full to the brim, says Richard Ford||7 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Yiyun Li reads 'Three People' by William Trevor||Yiyun Li reads William Trevor's 'Three People', a short story which moved her to write a story in reply, 'Gold Boy, Emerald Girl'||6 12 12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Philip Pullman reads 'The Beauties' by Anton Chekhov||Philip Pullman opens our podcast series of authors reading their favourite short stories with Chekhov's 'masterpiece of minimalism', 'The Beauties'||8 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Julian Barnes reads Homage To Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway||Julian Barnes chooses a quiet, sly, funny story from an author deeply out of fashion||8 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Colm Tóibín reads Music at Annahullian by Eugene McCabe||Colm Tóibín delights in the hidden landscapes and hidden lives revealed in Eugene McCabe's Music at Annahullian||7 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ali Smith reads A Conversation With My Father by Grace Paley||Ali Smith reads a 'breathtaking, breathgiving' look at an argument between an elderly father and his writer daughter||7 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Margaret Drabble reads 'The Doll's House' by Katherine Mansfield||Margaret Drabble reads Katherine Mansfield's 'memorable, painful' The Doll's House – the first adult short story she ever readFor more podcasts, including Philip Pullman reading Chekhov and William Boyd reading JG Ballard, visit the Guardian short stori||7 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Helen Simpson reads 'The Kitchen Child' by Angela Carter||In the last of our 12 tales for Christmas, Helen Simpson reads Angela Carter's 'triumphant comedy', 'The Kitchen Child' For more podcasts, including Philip Pullman reading Chekhov and Helen Dunmore reading Frank O'Connor, visit the Guardian short stories||7 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tessa Hadley reads 'The Jungle' by Elizabeth Bowen||Tessa Hadley reads a story from one of her 'writing family', Elizabeth Bowen's 'The Jungle'||6 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Short stories podcast: Coming soon||Lisa Allardice introduces the Guardian's forthcoming series of short stories podcasts||26 11 10||Free||View In iTunes|
Great Christmas present from The Guardian
Interesting choices of stories and readers - best Christmas freebie I've seen yet! A good quality item to show someone who is getting an iPhone, iPod or iPad for Christmas so they have an interesting podcast to try on their new present. This is a well thought-out offering from the Guardian and I hope they plan to continue this series.
A stunning short and a perfectly condensed metaphor by pullman about shorts. Give it a go.
Just wanted to say thank you. I've really enjoyed these podcasts. I thought the stories were both interesting in themselves as well as being interestingly read, and the follow up discussions with the readers also seemed very worthwhile. Really really great podcast. Thanks again.