Ireland is neither cursed with snakes, nor blessed with
nightingales, and the characters in Maeve Binchy's fiction
occupy the same middle ground. These five stories, specially
dramatised for BBC Radio 4, feature modern Irishwomen emerging
from a culture where they knew their place into a more hazardous,
but more rewarding light...
Nightingales, No Snakes is a unique offering for all Maeve
Binchy fans, as there is no book release featuring any of
these stories, turned here into full-cast Radio 4 dramatisations.
Over the course of this release we hear five very different
tales. With each story being only fifteen minutes in length,
it's a testament to Binchy's skills as a writer that the listener
instantly warms to all of the main characters.
five tales in this collection include:
Night People Came in for Something That Was no Trouble:
spurred by envy at another couple's exasperating ease at
giving dinner parties, Cara plans the perfect evening down
to the last detail. But of course, nothing goes as planned
- when does it ever when you want things to be just so?
The Stepson, Clare is walking on eggshells at home,
taking great care not to try to replace her stepson's dead
mother, but gets little help from her new partner Martin.
But has she noticed that her stepson is awkward with the situation?
at Sea: Tessa, an overlooked but good-tempered secretary
runs an informal lottery every week with her wage packet as
the prize. As she tells her story to a stranger, we learn
there is more to this her tale than meets the eye.
Answer Machine: After giving Nat her telephone number
at the end-of-term party, Biddy reasons that her family needs
an answering machine as an early Christmas present. But by
Christmas Nat still hasn't called. Why is she punishing herself,
believing that he will eventually phone her?
the Time We Get to Clifden: Harry and Nessa, having
agreed that going abroad wasn't for them, are planning their
24th annual week's break in Clifden. But they have an unexpected
guest who makes life uncomfortable for them? Or does she?
person responsible for the sleeve notes should be rapped on
the knuckles. In The Stepson it is unclear, from the
cast list and the synopsis, whether the stepson is called
Simon or Mike. Also, Clare and Martin are not married, despite
the fact the synopsis claims they are. Okay, I know that's
a little anal on my part, but it does infuriate me when no
one checks these things.
that very minor moan, this collection will make a wonderful
addition to anyone's collection.