This extract from Andrew O’Hagan’s novel, Be Near Me, is centred around a boat trip that the narrator – a priest – is taking with two of his young parishioners. 

Mark, a 15-year-old boy, is recalling a football match that, temporarily, seemed to bring him a little closer to his father. The boat trip itself seems to cast a magical spell on the trio. Will they be the same afterwards?

You can download the student worksheet and teacher’s notes below. You can also listen to the audio and read the transcript.



Submitted by Noelia1983 on Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:15


Hello, I think the audio hasn´t been uploaded, I can´t listen to it. Could you help me? Thanks in advance. 

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:13

In reply to by Noelia1983


Hi Noelia

There seems to be a problem playing the audio on Chrome - could you try opening the page using a different browser (Firefox, Safari or similar)? It should work on those browswers. Let us know if you are still having problems.



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Submitted by AnneHolzapfel on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 12:08

In reply to by Cath McLellan


Hi Cath,

the link does also not work with Safari or Firefox on a Mac.





Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 14:46

In reply to by AnneHolzapfel


Hi Anne

Thanks for letting us know - I have added the audio file to the downloads section now, so you should be able to just click on the audio above and listen, or dowload it to your computer or device.

I hope that helps and that you enjoy the lesson,

Best wishes,


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