David To Read Stonemouth For BBC Radio 4

David Tennant will be reading a new ten part adaptation of Stonemouth by Iain Banks as the Book At Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 19th March at 10.45pm.

About Stonemouth:
Stewart Gilmour is back in Stonemouth. After five years in exile his presence is required at the funeral of patriarch Joe Murston, and even though the last time Stu saw the Murstons he was running for his life, staying away might be even more dangerous than turning up. An estuary town north of Aberdeen, Stonemouth, with it's five mile beach, can be beautiful on a sunny day. On a bleak one it can seem to offer little more than seafog, gangsters, cheap drugs and a suspension bridge irresistible to suicides. And although there's supposed to be a temporary truce between Stewart and the town's biggest crime family, it's soon clear that only Stewart is taking this promise of peace seriously. Before long a quick drop into the cold grey Stoun begins to look like the soft option, and as he steps back into the minefield of his past to confront his guilt and all that it has lost him, Stu uncovers ever darker stories, and his homecoming takes a more lethal turn than even he had anticipated. Tough, funny, fast-paced and touching, Stonemouth cracks open adolescence, love, brotherhood and vengeance in a rite of passage novel like no other.

The synopsis for the first 3 episodes follows:
Episode 1/10 | 19th March 10.45pm BBC Radio 4
By Iain Banks. Stewart Gilmour travels to the estuary town of Stonemouth five years after fleeing in fear for his life. His presence is required at the funeral of Joe Murston, the patriarch of a local crime family, after his loved ones agree to a temporary truce. However, his homecoming takes a dangerous turn as it becomes apparent the clan cannot be trusted. Read by David Tennant.

Episode 2/10 | 20th March 10.45pm BBC Radio 4
By Iain Banks. Stewart decides to catch up with some of his old friends, despite the danger of running into the Murstons, Stonemouth's local crime family. The reunion also prompts him to reminisce about the beginning of his relationship with ex-girlfriend Ellie. Read by David Tennant.

Episode 3/10 | 21st March 10.45pm BBC Radio 4
By Iain Banks. Teenager Stewart meets Joe Murston for the first time. Meanwhile, his relationship with Ellie grows deeper, despite her being the daughter of Don Murston - the head of Stonemouth's biggest crime family. Read by David Tennant.

Via Radio Times listings.


  1. I can't wait! I'm so glad we're able to listen online for those of us outside of the UK.


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