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Homeless Bodies and Other Stories

Length: 6 hrs

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Publisher's Summary

Homeless Bodies and Other Stories is an original fiction podcast featuring audio-exclusive short stories from award-winning authors and Sunday Times best-sellers, inspired by objects & artefacts from Wellcome Collection’s permanent exhibition, 'Medicine Man', in London.

Exploring themes of otherness, humanity, history, society and belief, Homeless Bodies and Other Stories brings together a gripping collection of tales that are unsettlingly eerie and provokingly current. Objects that inspired Audible’s collection of stories include: a trepanned skull, drilled with holes to release trapped spirits; an iron scold’s bridle, used to punish ‘gossiping’ women; a 19th Century fragment of tattooed skin; a phrenology skull and an 18th Century wax vanitas head.

With six original, audio-exclusive stories, the collection includes brand new writing from: Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, Laura Purcell, Sarah Moss, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Haroun Khan.

Homeless Bodies and Other Stories sees these six authors probe the dark and twisted corners of humanity in an attempt to better understand ourselves and our place in the world with stories crafted specifically for the spoken-word. Before their stories, listeners will hear each of the authors in conversation with Wellcome’s curators as they find out more about their chosen object’s history.

With original musical composition and stirring sound design by Hana Walker-Brown.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 6 episodes to your Library now.

©2019 Laura Purcell, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, Haroun Khan, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Sarah Moss (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

Critic Reviews

 "Chilling." (The Times

 "If you have a taste for the macabre, then this is an engagingly morbid listen." (SFX

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  • Mo
  • 31-10-2019

Wonderfully dark, beautiful pieces!

Loved every single one of these. The writing is gorgeously creepy and the music is so atmospheric.

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  • Tom
  • 04-12-2019

not for me

I thought slightly strangely put together. I got to chapter 3 and gave up. didn't enjoy the mix of commentary and story especially with the 1st chapter.

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  • T. walker
  • 04-12-2019

so slow

so slow,didn't make it past the first one. don't waste your time and effort. they need chipper people to read out.

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  • Lynda S.
  • 28-11-2019

couldnt get past the first 5mins

I couldnt get past the start of the first episode. . the voice wasn't one I could listen to easily and I wasn't inspired to find out more

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  • david
  • 12-12-2019

awful series, expected a horrible history story,

gave up after half an hour couldn't bear it , slow and difficult to understand some narration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-2019

interesting book

good presentation of historical tools I enjoyed the use of stories to Express how people believed in what they were doing

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  • Carolyn
  • 26-11-2019

Fabulous

Not at all what I was expecting and really clever. I loved the idea of using real artefacts to inspire a story. A great listen and all beautifully narrated

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  • Monique Tomlinson
  • 21-11-2019

Fantastic

Enjoyed every story! Wickedly sad and scary at the same time. A must read book

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  • EMMA
  • 12-11-2019

Fabulous!

Amazing story: touching, poignant and atmospheric with a fabulous performance by Annie Aldington. Looking for other work by Laura Purcell immediately!

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  • Mr J Griffiths
  • 04-11-2019

Could not finish

l listened to the first story in full, despite the long-winded and tedious introduction. I found it slow and unconvincing. The plot, such as it was, was flimsy and lacked a fulfilling climax.
The introductions of the next two stories were so lengthy and laborious, with the authors preaching about their particular points of view in a rather hectoring manner, that I could not listen further.
I fell asleep during the fourth story and gave up.

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