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Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage
  • Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage

  • Anne Tyler

    Captivating BBC radio adaptations of three of Anne Tyler’s bestselling novels

    Award-winning author Anne Tyler is loved worldwide for her fiction exploring the intricacies of marriage and domesticity. These three acclaimed books, each set in Baltimore, describe the small triumphs and tragedies of everyday American family life, as relationships are made and broken, and families come together, drift apart, hurt and heal each other.

    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Tracks 1 and 2)
    Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull attempts to keep her family together – but her anger and fierce maternal energy has damaging effects on her three children.

    Ladder of Years (Tracks 3 and 4)
    An unexpected romantic encounter in the grocery aisle is the beginning of a new adventure for homely Delia Grinstead, leading her to make a sudden, impulsive change in her life.

    The Amateur Marriage (Tracks 5 and 6)
    We follow the turbulent relationship of Michael and Pauline Anton over sixty years, from their whirlwind romance in 1941, to marriage, parenthood and beyond.

    Multi-layered and universal, with details that ring sharply true and characters that are both recognisable and entertaining, these three dramatisations feature a distinguished cast including Barbara Barnes, Lorelei King and Nathan Osgood.

    Dramatised by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
    Produced and directed by David Hunter

    Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
    Pearl...Barbara Barnes
    Narrator...Lorelei King
    Beck...Nathan Osgood
    Young Cody...Max Baldry
    Young Ezra...Richard Linnell
    Young Jenny/Jane...Eloise Webb
    Cody...Ben Crowe
    Ezra...Simon Lee Phillips
    Jenny...Fenella Woolgar
    Josiah...Matthew Watson
    Harley...David Seddon
    Mrs Payson/Mrs Scarlatti...Joanna Brookes
    Ruth...Amaka Okafor
    Slevin...Will Howard
    Joe/Driver...David Seddon
    Priest/Driver/Dr Vincent...Paul Stonehouse
    Teacher/Driver...Philippa Stanton
    Mr Murphy...Sean Murray

    The Ladder of Years
    Delia...Nancy Crane
    Adrian...Ian Conningham
    Sam...Nathan Osgood
    Eliza...Jessica Turner
    Narrator/Woman...Barbara Barnes
    Rosemary/Debbie/Mother/Binky...Rhiannon Neads
    Skipper...David Acton
    Carroll/Clerk...Sam Valentine
    Driscoll/Ramsay/Vernon/Assistant...Mark Edel-Hunt
    Susie...Roslyn Hill
    Mr Maxwell/Nat...David Hounslow
    Linda/Belle...Jane Slavin
    Eliza...Jessica Turner
    Eleanor...Carol MacReady
    Mr Pomfret....Stephen Critchlow
    Noah...Sean McCrystal
    Joel...Sam Dale
    Rick Rack/Telephone Voice...Jude Akuwudike

    The Amateur Marriage
    Pauline/Young Pauline...Julianna Jennings
    Michael/George/Pagan...Tom Forrister
    Narrator...Barbara Barnes
    Mrs Anton...Pandora Colin
    Wanda/Lindy/Gina...Sarah Ridgeway
    Mrs Brunek/Mrs Serge/Mrs Barclay/Donna/Marilyn...Sanchia McCormack
    Katie/Karen...Maeve Bluebell Wells
    Mrs Golka/Destiny/Karen...Chetna Pandya
    Mrs Kowalski/Anna/Katie...Georgie Glen
    Officer/Policeman...John Bowler
    John Piazy/Alex/Policeman/Becoming....Finlay Robertson
    Eustace/Dun...David Sterne
    Lindy...Kayla Gal
    George/Pagan...Finn Monteath
    Michael...Ian Porter
    Cabbie...Nicholas Murchie
    Pauline...Sara Stewart
    Pagan...Noel Brooke
    George...David Sturzaker
    Lindy...Jane Slavin
    Pauline...Sara Stewart

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread and Vinegar Girl. In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.