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Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (Audiobook)

Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (Audiobook)

Released March 2011

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Six stories:
  1. Love Among the Lobelias performed by Toby Hadoke
  2. Luxembourg performed by Jane Goddard
  3. Pang performed by Toby Hadoke
  4. George Clooney's Moustache performed by India Fisher
  5. Sweet Nothings performed by Jane Goddard
  6. One Last Love Song performed by India Fisher

The first love song in the world, as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden. The Devil, alarmed when his hobby of writing romantic fiction begins to upstage his day job. Hearts kept in Tupperware boxes, small countries that vanish from the European mainland overnight, and a kidnapper who gets more than he bargained for when his victim associates him with George Clooney.
It could only be Robert Shearman's 'Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical'. Six stories of the comic and the frightening and the downright weird, taken from his multi-award winning short story collection.
"Shearman offers us haunting, nightmare alternatives to our world. He makes each story cling to you, forces you to make sense of it and somehow inhabit it." Steven Moffat, Executive Producer of Doctor Who.
"His stories are like the bastard offspring of Philip K Dick and Jonathan Carroll, but with a quirky personality that is completely their own." Stephen Jones, World Fantasy award winning editor of Best New Horror.


Tiny Deaths, Rob’s first collection of short stories, was published by Comma Press in 2007. It won the World Fantasy Award for best collection, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. One of the stories from it was selected by the National Library Board of Singapore as part of the annual Read! Singapore campaign.

Rob was one of the writers for the BAFTA award winning first series ofthe revived Doctor Who series starring Christopher Eccleston. Hisepisode, Dalek, was runner-up for a Hugo Award, and his award-winningcontributions to the audio range ofDoctor Who released by Big Finishhave been broadcast on BBC Radio. Last Christmas saw the publication ofthe bestselling Doctor Who novel he co-wrote for BBC Books, The Storyof Martha. He also contributed to the second series of BBC1’s Born andBred..

In 2008 his short story project for BBC7, The Chain Gang, won him a Sony Award, and he provided a second series for them in 2009. Other stories have been broadcast by the BBC on Radio Three and Radio Four. His many plays for Radio Four, produced by Martin Jarvis, include Inappropriate Behaviour, Afternoons with Roger, Forever Mine, Towards the End of the Morning, Teacher’s Pet and Odd.

Written By: Robert Shearman
Directed By: Robert Shearman


Read by India Fisher, Jane Goddard and Toby Hadoke

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