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Homeless Bodies and Other Stories
Laura Purcell, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Andrew Michael Hurley, and others
Annie Aldington, Imogen Church, Patience Tomlinson, and others
Length: 6 hrs
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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.
Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up to help gather the sheep down from the moors for the winter. Very little changes in the Endlands, but this year, his grandfather - the Gaffer - has died and John's new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time. Each year, the Gaffer would redraw the boundary lines of the village, with pen and paper, but also through the remembrance of tales and timeless communal rituals, which keep the sheep safe from the Devil.
The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby's son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life but is now a haunted place. Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try to keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.
If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney - that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr. and Mrs. Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water.
Jay Danforth Fitzgerald, known as "Fitz" to his few remaining friends, has learned from long and painful experience that there is no such thing as love that lasts. A failed an aging stockbroker full of angst and self-loathing, he fritters away his nights in Tiddly's Bar and his days aboard a derelict sailboat stuck in the mud of Charleston Harbor. But when he meets a much younger woman named Gemma, his world changes forever.
The Loney - ein verregneter, unwirtlicher Landstrich an der nordenglischen Küste. In der Karwoche des Jahres 1976 pilgert eine kleine Glaubensgemeinschaft aus London dorthin, um in der Wallfahrtskirche der heiligen Anna für ein Wunder zu beten: Möge Hanny, äußerlich schon fast ein Mann, doch von kindlichem Gemüt, von seiner Krankheit erlöst werden. Dreißig Jahre später legt ein Erdrutsch bei The Loney die Leiche eines Babys frei.
Uhyggelig og meget stemningsmaettet debutroman om et sted kaldet Ensomheden, hvor en gruppe religiøse tager til på deres årlige bøns- og bodsuge for at søge Gud - men oplever andre uforklarlige ting. "Ensomheden er ikke bare god; den er fantastisk. Det er et enestående litteraert vaerk." - Stephen King.
The Prodigal tells the mystical tale of four people on Ocracoke Island whose destiny is tied to an abandoned schooner, thought to have been lost at sea more than a century ago, that one day drifts ashore. Marcus O'Reilly, a renegade Catholic priest, must confront his inner demons. Ibrahim Joseph, a Bahamian fugitive, must face his past. Aidan Sharpe, a fallen lawyer, struggles with self-doubt and his growing affection for Molly McGregor, a fearless towboat captain who cannot find the courage to love.
Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher, known only as "the fisherman," challenges their deepest beliefs and darkest fears.