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Meet David Sedaris: Series Two

By David Sedaris
Read by David Sedaris

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The uniquely perceptive and hilarious David Sedaris reads from his essays and diaries. This is his second series for Radio 4.

David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is surpassed only by his ability to make his stories even more hilarious when he reads them aloud. This is his second series for Radio 4, and he reads essays and diary entries from across all seven of his books.

Episode 1
The Incomplete Quad
The Squirrel and the Chipmunk

Episode 2
Me Talk Pretty One Day
It's Catching

Episode 3
Nuit of the Living Dead
The End of the Affair

Episode 4
Us and Them
Diary extracts

Episode 5
Memento Mori
The Motherless Bear

Episode 6
The Ship Shape
Make That a Double

Biographical Notes

David Sedaris is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Talk Pretty One Day. He lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781405525558
  • Publication date: 23 Apr 2013
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  • Imprint: Hachette Audio
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