When Adela Quested and her elderly companion Mrs Moore arrive in the Indian town of Chandrapore, they quickly feel trapped by its insular and prejudiced 'Anglo-Indian' community. Determined to escape the parochial English enclave and explore the 'real India', they seek the guidance of the charming and mercurial Dr Aziz ...
Sterne's celebrated novel A Sentimental Journey joins the Naxos AudioBooks catalogue. Sterne's novel transformed the travelogue genre in the eighteenth century by making travel writing much more personal and immediate.
A new Courtney novel for the audio list! 'Mark never heard the mauser shot for the bullet came ahead of the sound. There was only the massive shock in the upper part of his body and then he was hurled backwards with a violence that drove the air from his lungs.
Steve Carella does not fit the picture of a big city detective. Well mannered and the consummate professional, he lacks the rough-hewn edges of the men who devote their lives to fighting crime on the streets. But there is one thing that tears him up…one thing that drives him to the edge of his much darker side.
many of the artists in this recording started in radio, but many graduated to it from variety and the Music Halls. Some, like the "Beyond the Fringe" team grew from University origins and the stage being part of a lineage that was later to produce "The Goodies" and "Monty Python's Flying Circus".
Broken Rainbows is Book Seven of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion. The South Carolina Regiment billeted on the town soon cuts a swathe through its women, living up to GI's ...
Dickens wrote the book after the completion of a fragment of autobiography recalling his employment as a child in a London warehouse, and in the first-person narrative, a new departure for him, realized marvellously the workings of memory.
It is 1141. In Shrewsbury, civil war is tearing the country apart as the bitter feud between King Stephen and Maud shows no sign of abating. Cadfael, safe within the peaceful walls of the Abbey, does not expect to be drawn on to the battlefield - but when a Welsh prisoner of war is brought to him for treatment ...
A group of people, all looking for something more in their lives, and all they have in common is their Italian evening class... The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams ...
Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown’s schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents – horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.
Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters -- the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help.
The Admiral's face was grim as he gave Commodore Hornblower his orders. The situation was critical: mutiny was an infection that could spread through the fleet like the plague and, furthermore, the crew were threatening to go over to the French.
A Genius Performance by Ian Carmichael! The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey.
A seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, that tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.
A wide variety of Siegfried Sassoon's poetry read by the author himself. There is something wonderfully real about this style/period/subject's poetry being read by this extraordinary man. A must listen for any poetry lover!
Following the success of Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby was hailed as a comic triumph and firmly established Dickens as a 'literary gentleman'. It has a full supporting cast of delectable characters that range from the iniquitous Wackford Squeers and his family, to the delightful Mrs Nickleby ..
Set on a 19th century farm in rural Lancashire near Liverpool, this heartwarming saga is the story of Poppy Appleton, a girl who grew up in ignorance and poverty but has been adopted by a prosperous farmer's wife. At Long Reach farm, Eliza Goodall teaches Poppy all the skills she would have passed on to her own daughter:
Two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-six years ago a group of men ran between two piles of stones, and invented sport. If, that is, its history can be believed. The first ever Olympic Games in 776BC were apparently so memorable that all Western chronology is based on them.
In the summer of 1138, war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud takes brother Cadfael from the quiet world of his garden to the bloody battlefield. Not far from the safety of the Abbey walls, Shrewsbury Castle falls, leaving its 94 defenders loyal to the empress to hang as traitors.
A BBC radio full-cast drama starring Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury as detective Paul Temple and his glamorous wife Steve. Another entry in the popular range of Paul Temple dramas, this eight-part adventure was first broadcast in 1956.
A conflict of evils. There is a house called Neath that holds a dark and terrible secret. In that house there is a psychic called Kline who is part of its secret. The Keeper is guardian of the house, of the psychic, and of the secret. But now an outsider must protect them from a terrible danger.
In the winter of 1142, snow blankets the Bendictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul causing damage to the guest hall, and the brothers must repair its roof before the danger worsens. The treacherously icy conditions are to prove nigh fatal for Brother Haulin when he slips from the roof in a terrible fall ...
The fracas in the McClellan Arms was inevitable after a drop too much whisky. When one of the brawlers was found dead next morning many people thought it too was inevitable, for Campbell had a knack of making enemies. Six in particular. And all members of the local artists' colony.
The History of Opera is an affordable and accessible resource for the listening and appraising skills element in any music curriculum. Richard Fawkes traces the history of opera from its origins in the 16th century to the present day in the first three cassettes.
The first series of a Radio 4 humorous science-fiction drama, first broadcast in 1978. The story begins when Arthur Dent, not really your average man in the street, finds that the Earth is suddenly destroyed around him, and the great hitch-hike begins.
Helen Ross, a twenty-nine-year-old biologist, is sent to a sleepy Rocky Mountain ranching town to defend a pack of wolves from those who want to destroy them. For in Hope, Montana, a century ago, the wolf was slaughtered to extinction and though now protected by law as an endangered species, the old hatred runs deep.
The Pursuit of Love is one of the funniest and most biting novels about love and growing up ever written, by the author of Love in a Cold Climate. Oh, the boredom of waiting to grow up! Longing for love, obsessed with weddings and sex, Linda and her sisters and cousin Fanny fantasise about the perfect lover.
Nicholas Quinn is deaf, so he considers himself lucky to be appointed to the Foreign Examinations Board at Oxford, which designs tests for students of English around the world. But when someone slips cyanide into Nicholas's sherry, Inspector Morse has a multiple-choice murder.
The Thirty-Nine Steps: A visit from a man who is supposed to be dead begins the nightmare for Richard Hannay. Three days later, the man really is dead, skewered through the heart, and Richard Hannay is an innocent man on the run, caught in a sinister web of political intrigue and murder.
The stylish fictional evocation of the upper-echelon intrigues and scandals of the Cambridge spies and their circle, shockingly moving in its stripping away layer after layer of grime to reveal the traitor’s very soul.
Inspector Kurt Wallander returns this time to investigate a horrific crime in his Scandinavian homeland somehow linked to a troubled apartheid-era South Africa. When the tenacious sleuth's search for the truth behind the execution-style killing of a Swedish housewife uncovers a plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela ...
The first title of the GORMENGHAST trilogy of fantasy novels. Titus groan is born the heir to Gormenghast castle, and finds himself in a world predetermined by complex rituals that have been made obscure by the passage of time. Along the corridors of the castle, the child encounters some of the dark characters who will shape his life.
Taking the position of mayor in the town of Tilling brings much delight to Lucia. However, with her local rival Miss Mapp around, trouble is never far away. Lucia is elevated to her new position with Georgie Pilson as her sidekick, confidant, and escort.
One of Shakespeare's finest comedies, Twelfth Night was written at the same time as Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida, and whilst it shares their fascination with sex, death and confused identities, its exuberant comedy and linguistic inventiveness rises above the introspection of these plays.
A Genius Performance by Ian Carmichael! "No sign of foul play". So concludes Dr Carr's post-mortem on Agatha Dawson, and the case is closed. But Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied and, with no clues to work on, begins his own investigation.
Three years ago, Lew Fonseca quit his job as a process server with the State's Attorney's office in Cook County, Illinois, and headed for Key West. Sidetracked by fate when his car broke down in Sarasota, Florida, he decided to stick around, making ends meet by doing some investigative work for local attorneys.
We bring you the eclectic, egocentric, apoplectic and largely unconnected ramblings of a forty-six year old (or fifty-eight if you believe the birthday column of The Times), mother of two, wife of one, lover of .... Radio 4..."
Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under thepseudonym "Ellis Bell." It was her first and only published novel: she died aged 30 the following year. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte's novel, Jane Eyre.
Siegfried Sassoon was almost twenty-eight when he enlisted on 3rd August 1914. Till then, after education at Cambridge, he had lived at home, hunting and playing cricket in Kent and Sussex, and writing agreeably derivative poems which he had privately printed in very small editions. Then came the War....