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Tales for Our Time

The Overcoat

Welcome to the tenth in our series of audio adventures that we call Tales for Our Time: Jack London's classic To Build a Fire. In view of the winter chill with which my corner of the world greeted the New Year, I thought we'd offer a double-bill of exceptionally frosty fiction from opposite ends of the northern hemisphere, both of them dealing with cold and its consequences.

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To Build a Fire

Welcome to the tenth in our series of audio adventures that we call Tales for Our Time: Jack London's classic To Build a Fire. In view of the winter chill with which my corner of the world greeted the New Year, I thought we'd offer a double-bill of exceptionally frosty fiction from opposite ends of the northern hemisphere, both of them dealing with cold and its consequences.

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Plum Duff

For the ninth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads Plum Duff. To listen, simply click the audio players below.

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A Christmas Carol

For the eighth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, published in 1843. To listen, simply click the audio players below. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the part that Dickens - and the 1840s - played in the creation of the modern Christmas.

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The Rubber Check

For the seventh of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads the second of a Scott Fitzgerald double-bill, The Rubber Check, published in 1932. To listen, simply click the audio players below. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses Fitzgerald and the essence of all effective storytelling.

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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

For the sixth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads the first of a Scott Fitzgerald double-bill, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, published in 1922. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses Fitzgerald and the point at which lavish wealth becomes absurd.

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The Cat That Walked By Himself

For the fifth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads "The Cat That Walked By Himself", from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, published in 1902. To listen, simply click on the audio player below. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses this tale - and the little girl who liked her stories "just so".

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The Prisoner of Zenda

For the fourth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads The Prisoner of Zenda, written by Anthony Hope in 1894. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses why, in an age of very different storytelling, he thinks this yarn still has relevance.

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The Secret Agent

For the third of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads The Secret Agent, written by Joseph Conrad in 1907. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the relevance of Conrad's "simple tale of the 19th century" to terrorism in the 21st century.

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The Time Machine

For the second of our new series Tales for Our Time, Mark reads The Time Machine, written by H G Wells for serialization in The New Review in 1895. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the relevance of Wells' vision of the world 800,000 years hence to our own age.

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The Tragedy of the Korosko

For the first of our Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1898 novel The Tragedy of the Korosko. To listen, simply click on the audio players below. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the book's relevance to our new age of jihadist terror. Indeed, Conan Doyle's story ripples with pre-echoes of today:

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