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Clown's Shoes by Rebecca F. John

Clown's Shoes - Rebecca F. John
bookshelves: radio-4x, autumn-2015, published-2016, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, britain-wales
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 06 to 13, 2015



1: Bullet Catch: 1920s Vienna: Showman Victor Dahl is developing a dangerous obsession. Read by Lloyd Hutchinson.

2: The Glove Maker's numbers pt1: Convinced the Devil visited her after she was traumatised by the death of her brother, Christina has been recovering in a sanatorium, and must have her photograph taken before she leaves. Beautifully read by Ruth Gemmell.

3: The Glove Maker's Numbers pt2: Christina is released and returns home, but tries finding refuge from her thoughts in the imagery of numbers. Concluded by Ruth Gemmell.

4: Warsaw, 1943: Ewa tries to protect her little sister Zofia from the cold, dangerous life on the street. Read by Ruth Gemmell. Matchstick Girls:

5: Clown's Shoes: 1930s London. Every night in the theatre, a young woman performs a reluctant striptease. Read by Ruth Gemmell.

Description: An ambitious debut collection of short stories by Rebecca F John, dipping into the shadows and spotlights of life.

Rebecca F John is from Pwll, a village on the South Wales coast, and works as a Ski Instructor. Her short story The Dog Track was broadcast on Radio 4 as part of The Time Being series in 2013, and Crow Road was broadcast in the Nights Of The Hunter series in 2015.

The Glove Maker's Numbers was shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2015. Rebecca won the PEN International New Voices Award for her story Moon Dog in October 2015. This really is excellent fayre, fully recommended.

Not included in this BBC selection is Moon Dog, however I have found a copy online: http://www.pen-international.org/wp-c...