Thursday December 25, 2014

"Fireside Al" Maitland reads Frederick Forsyth's "The Shepherd"

An RAF Mosquito, circa 1943 (Getty Images: Keystone/Stringer)

An RAF Mosquito, circa 1943 (Getty Images: Keystone/Stringer)

Listen 32:22

As we have nearly every Christmas Eve since 1979, "As it Happens" presents "Fireside Al" Maitland's classic reading of "The Shepherd", by Frederick Forsyth.

The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas. Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost.

Here now is former "As it Happens" host Alan Maitland with "The Shepherd".