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Offline Becki

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Lost in Shangri-La: Escape from a Hidden World - A True Story by Mitchell Zuckoff  read by Nathan Osgood here  Jan\'s post
Mon to Fri at 09:45 repeated the following morning at 00:30 (Book of the Week)

An air crash of 1945 strands the survivors in a forgotten part of Dutch New Guinea, where they soon found they are not alone
\"Colonel Prossen searched for ways to ease the stress among his staff. On the 13th May 1945 he had arranged the most sought after prize, one certain to boost morale - a trip to Shangri-la. Margaret was at her desk when the invitation came...\"
The members of Base G camp in Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea, are given time out to fly over this wonderful hidden valley, where time stands still. The only inhabitants are the \'Stone Age\' Yali and Dani tribes-people, who populate the jungle swathes. The flight in a plane called \'The Gremlin Special\' should be a real eye-opener, but then something goes badly wrong...

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany  read by Mido Hamada here  Jan\'s post
Mon to Fri at 22:45 (Book at Bedtime)EM Forster Short Stories  here Jan\'s post
Tue to Thu 15:30 (Afternoon Reading)

The Story of the Siren read by Dan Stevens
An unsettling story about a sea nymph and an ill fated young Sicilian.
The Road from Colonus read by Andrew Sachs
Misunderstandings thwart plans for a sojourn in the idyllic Greek countryside.
The Obelisk Read read by Ruth Wilson
A chance encounter leads an unhappily married couple to find solace in forbidden ways.

David Attenborough\'s Life Stories series 2 read by Attenborough Here
Episode 13/20 - Chimps
Fri 20:50 and Sun 08:50

They say, David Attenborough reports, that we share more of our genes with chimpanzees than any other species alive today. And this proximity of Homo Sapiens to the chimpanzee motivated Sir David even more to film behaviour never before seen. It had been known for some time that chimps hunt monkeys for meat, but it would be a first to film it for television audiences. To film such a hunt required days of waiting and tracking a troop through the Equatorial African forest - and when the hunt came and was over it changed Attenborough\'s view of chimps and their importance to us, forever.

The A-Z of Dr Johnson: Johnson\'s Miscellany Introduced by Professor David Nokes and Read by Michael Pennington Here Jan\'s post
Episode 1/3 Sun 00:30
Three readings featuring extracts from Samuel Johnson\'s major works.

The Heart of Saturday Night - Step Right Up by Ian Rankin read by Dominic Cooper Here
Episode 3/3 Sun 19:45
A young Jack-the-lad is taken under the wing of a London market trader.
(sorry i missed the first two in this series, i only spotted this one cos of Rankin\'s name)

Radio 4 extra

Seance on a Wet Afternoon by Mark McShane read by Anton Lesser here
Episodes 3 to 6 of 6
Mon to Thu at 06:30, 13:30 and 20:30
Clairvoyant Myra Savage and her husband Bill work together to form a plan. This plan is for riches, but to bring Myra the fame she feels is her due. They kidnap a small girl (daughter of a rich business man), and Myra hopes to gain fame by supposedly directing the police to the girl. But things start to go terribly wrong . . .

Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale Jr read by William Hope here
Episodes 3 to 5 of 5
Mon to Wed at 06:45, 13:45 and 20:45
\"I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes and other sensual goodies. I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world\'s most famous beaches\". Frank W Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams and Ringo Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious career, Abagnale donned a pilot\'s uniform and co-piloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as a member of hospital management, practised law without a licence, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as \'The Skywayman\', Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the run - until the law caught up with him. Now recognised as the nation\'s leading authority on financial foul play, Abagnale is a charming rogue whose hilarious, stranger-than-fiction international escapades and ingenious escapes - including one from an aeroplane - make CATCH ME IF YOU CAN an irresistible tale of deceit.

Colin Dexter Short Stories - Inspector Morse - The Burglar read by John Turner here
Thu at 06:30, 13:30 and 20:30
Neighbourly concern about a suspicious stranger sets a new puzzle for the Oxford-based detective.

The Supreme Artist - Daphne Du Maurier read by Michael Drew Here
Mon 14:15
The matinee is over, but who is the visitor waiting at the stage door?

You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This by Terence Blacker read by Stephen Boxer Here
Mon to Fri at 14:45
Terence Blacker celebrates the outrageous life of Willie Donaldson, creator of the \'Henry Root letters\'.

William Trevor - The Distant Past read by Denys Hawthorne Here
Mon 02:00, Tue 10:15 and Wed 02:15
Two Irish Protestants live contentedly in the past, until the present catches up with them.

William Trevor - Teresa\'s Wedding read by Denys Hawthorne Here
Mon 02:45 and Wed 14:15
At a bleak wedding reception, a young pregnant bride discovers why her marriage might just work.

William Trevor - The Forty-Seventh Saturday read by Denys Hawthorne Here
Fri 14:15
Mavie and McCarthy have a weekly assignation - but is he as trapped by marriage as she thinks he is?

William Trevor - A Bit on the Side - Sacred Statues read by Niamh Cusack Here
Sun 11:00 and 19:00, Mon 16th 02:00
Can a statue maker\'s wife help her neighbours and herself - or is her husband being more realistic?

William Trevor - A Bit on the Side - Graillis\' Legacy read by Dermot Crowley Here
Sun 11:45 and 19:45, Mon 16th 02:45
The touching and compassionate story of a man\'s love for two women.

Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham  read by Joanna Tope Here
Episodes 1 to 3 of 5
Wed to Fri 18:30 repeated the following morning at 00:30

Francis Saxover and Diana Brackley, two scientists investigating a rare lichen, discover it has a remarkable property: it retards the aging process. Francis, realising the implications for the world of an ever-youthful, wealthy elite, wants to keep it secret, but Diana sees an opportunity to overturn the male status quo by using the lichen to inspire a feminist revolution.
As each scientist wrestles with the implications and practicalities of exploiting the discovery, the world comes ever closer to learning the truth . . .

Eric Ambler - Topkapi read by David Westhead here
Episode 1 of 6
Fri at 06:30, 13:30 and 20:30
Arthur Simpson is a petty thief who is discovered stealing from a hotel room. His victim, however, turns out to be a criminal in a league well above his own and Simpson is blackmailed into smuggling arms into Turkey for use in a major jewel robbery. The Turkish police, however, discover the arms and he is further blackmailed by them into spying on the gang - or rot in a Turkish jail. However, agreeing to help brings even worse danger ....

The Drowned World by JG Ballard read by Robert Glenister Here
Episode 3
Sat 1830 and Sun 00:30

The author\'s 1962 debut novel. Set in a submerged London of the future, in a post-apocalyptic world. Transformed by global warming which has caused the polar ice-caps to melt.
The books wiki page

Ruth Rendell Stories - The Wrong Category read by Nick Moran Here
Sat 23:00
Barry ignores his mother\'s fears and goes out after dark, to visit the sites of six recent murders

Colin Dexter Short Stories - Monty\'s Revolver read by Joe Dunlop Here
Sat 23:15
When a special gun is auctioned, one collector is alarmed to end up facing the wrong end of the barrel.

read by Michael Maloney Here

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Re: A selection of readings from 9nd May 2011 to 15th May 2011
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 08:39:06 PM »
Some good stuff in there, Becki. I\'m going to record all the Lady With Birthmark and listen all at once, I think. Topkapi sounds pretty good too.
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Re: A selection of readings from 9nd May 2011 to 15th May 2011
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2011, 03:54:08 PM »

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Re: A selection of readings from 9nd May 2011 to 15th May 2011
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 09:44:16 PM »
Oh really? That\'s good to know. I\'d never heard of him before. The promos sound promising, too.
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