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Four Years, Five Seasons

A collection of stories by

Fantasy icon Peter S. Beagle, author of THE LAST UNICORN, is a self-proclaimed "sucker for tackling things I've never done before." When the website asked Beagle to write four seasonally-themed short stories to be presented as podcasts, he couldn't resist... and then did them one better by writing and recording five!

For raw material he turned to his childhood growing up in the Bronx, just north of Manhattan, and his three oldest, closest friends. With each story Beagle and his buddies advance one year and one season, from 11 years old in the first ("The Stickball Witch") to 15 in the last ("The Fifth Season"). Along the way they meet lost centaurs in Van Cortlandt park, talk to Jell-O in the Bronx High School of Science's cafeteria, help an old man face a most unusual harbinger of death, and learn the secrets of their own futures in a magical water pistol fight.

Funny, imaginative, and endearing, these five tales are more uniquely personal than anything else Beagle has ever written.


The Stickball Witch
Mr. McCaslin
The Rock in the Park
Marty and the Messenger
The Fifth Season

- Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, just a few blocks from Woodlawn Cemetery, the inspiration for his first novel, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE. Today, thanks to classic works such as THE LAST UNICORN, TAMSIN, and THE INNKEEPER'S SONG, he is acknowledged as America's greatest living fantasy author; and his dazzling abilities with language, characters, and magical storytelling have earned him many millions of fans around the world. In addition to stories and novels Beagle has written numerous teleplays and screenplays, including the animated versions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE LAST UNICORN, plus the fan-favorite "Sarek" episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. His nonfiction book I SEE BY MY OUTFIT, which recounts a 1963 journey across America on motor scooter, is considered a classic of American travel writing; and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer-songwriter. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Association, and also France's prestigious Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.

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Audio Editions

February 2010 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Four Years, Five Seasons
Author(s): Peter S Beagle
Publisher: Conlan Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Four Years, Five Seasons
Author(s): Peter S Beagle
Publisher: Conlan Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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