Short Stories by Thomas Hardy

bookshelves: under-500-ratings, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, wessex, radio-4x, fradio, winter-20142015, published-1891, victorian, classic, amusing, lit-richer, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from January 22 to 30, 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rb1t7

Absent-Mindedness in a Parish Choir: Episode 1 of 5: As a stranger returns, Hardy’s inimitable Wessex characters recount village tales of Longpuddle life. Read by Richard Mitchley


Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver: Episode 2 of 5: A comic tale of a local swain who courts rather too many maids at once.


The History of the Hardcomes: Short Stories Episode 3 of 5: Recollections of Tony Kytes’ wedding bring to mind the unusual circumstances of the Hardcomes.

Andrey Satchel and the Parson and Clerk: Episode 4 of 5: The master thatcher regales the travellers with Andrey’s attempt to get married while still in his cups.


An Incident in the Life of Georgy Crookhill: Episode 5 of 5: Anxious not to be outdone, the registrar relates a story of treachery among thieves.

Is Hardy the only author that both ‘slit-your-wrists-gloomy’ and ‘amusing’ shelves can be used?

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