Radio 4's afternoon reading this week features short stories by authors who are doctors. The Bulgakov story this afternoon was a real treat. The programmes air at 15.30 but you can listen again within seven days through the R4 programme website.
From the schedule:
Monday 7 March. Baptism by Rotation by Mikhail Bulgakov, translated by Michael Glenny, abridged by Jill Waters, read by Benedict Cumberbatch. A young doctor's first experience of a difficult childbirth.
Tuesday 8 March. An Incident at Gloucester by Tobias Smollett. A portrait of a man beset by ailments who writes a series of letters home to his doctor recounting the romantic misadventures of his niece and his sister, as well as venting much spleen.
Wednesday 9 March. The Case of Lady Sannox by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Tim Piggott-Smith. A bit of a gory tale about a philandering surgeon and his mistress.
Thursday 10 March. Mikhail on the Steps by Lissa Evans, read by Emma Kennedy. The adventures of a young female doctor in contemporary London. Producer Jill Waters.