When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in duels with the three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting with, not against, the three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.
In A Short History of Nearly Everything, beloved author Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves.
The contents of this box-set will be Set in Darkness, The Falls, Resurrection Men, A Question of Blood, Fleshmarket Close, The Naming of the Dead, Exit Music 42 CDs in total. Performed wonderfully by James Macpherson.
Seven of Ian Fleming's classic James Bond novels read complete and unabridged by a stellar cast of British actors. Including: Casino Royale - Read by Dan Stevens Live and Let Die - Read by Rory Kinnear Moonraker - Read by Bill Nighy Diamonds are Forever - Read by Damian Lewis From Russia with Love - Read by Toby Stephens Dr No - Read by Hugh Quarshie Goldfinger - Read by Hugh Bonneville
Here are twenty-one brand-new adventures set in the world of Jack Vance's greatest novel. The list of twenty-one contributors eager to honour Jack Vance by writing for this anthology includes Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, Terry Dowling, Lucius Shepherd, Dan Simmons, Robert Silverberg, Tad Williams, Walter Jon Williams and George R.R. Martin himself. Read by Arthur Morey.
The only proper full recording of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The ultimate Tolkien audio experience. This completely unabridged version of Lord of the Rings is brought vividly to life through a Rob Inglis performance which is simply wonderful!
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When seventeen-year-old Ruth Davies' father is invalided out of the Great War, the whole family has little choice but to move to the infamous Tiger Bay area of Cardiff. Not only are they faced with a life of adversity, but Ruth and her mother Caitlin also share a secret, one that no one else must ever know.
The sixth novel in Iris Gower's series about the women of Swansea at the beginning of the century. It follows the fortunes of Rhian Gray, who has left Sweyn's Eye to work in a Yorkshire woollen mill. The author also wrote "Fiddler's Ferry", "Morgan's Woman" and "Copper Kingdom".
Few relationships fire our imagination like that of Elizabeth I and her 'bonnie sweet Robin' - the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley. Almost immediately after she became queen, Elizabeth's infatuation with the married Earl became the subject of letters from scandalized ambassadors.
Lindsay Gordon finds herself dragged into a sordid world of blackmail, prostitution, lies and murder when she investigates the case of a former colleague jailed for killing a notorious Glaswegian journalist. Third in the popular mystery series.
Harry Barnett is a middle-aged failure, leading a shabby existence in the shadow of a past disgrace, reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa--a young woman he had instantly and innocently warmed to--disappears on a mountain peak.
Dulcie Mainwearing is always helping others, but never looks out for herself - especially in the realm of love. Her friend Viola is besotted by the alluring Dr Aylwin Forbes, so surely it isn't prying if Dulcie helps things along? Aylwin, however, is smitten by Dulcie's pretty young niece.
John Baron Chard, orphaned as a baby and brought up in Australia, is unaware that the family he loves is not his own. When his life is thrown into turmoil, he leaves for England to join the RAF as war looms over Europe. Samantha Chard, young and headstrong, has real talent as a photographer.
It's 1988 and radios across the land blast out the Top Ten hit 'Stutter Rap' by Morris Minor and the Majors. The man behind the fake moustache is Tony Hawks. Fast forward to the 21st century and those heady days of pop stardom are a distant memory.
In this timely and revealing portrait, distinguished author and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby crosses eight time zones and covers 10,000 miles, from Murmansk in the Arctic Circle to the Asian city of Vladivostok, in an attempt to get beneath the skin of modern Russia.
August, 1098. After countless battles and sieges, the surviving soldiers of the first crusade are at last within reach of their ultimate goal: Jerusalem. But rivalries fester and new enemies are massing against them in the Holy Land.
It is 1539, and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing, sickly king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife. The dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves, who has her own reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father.
In 1988, when the author launched his first book of writings by evacuees, "No Time to Wave Goodbye", hundreds of men and women converged on London for a nostalgic reunion. This further collection of memories of evacuation, is illustrated with photographs and personal mementos.
Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!
When a top research institute is broken into and vandalized, the police believe that it is animal rights activists taking things a step too far. That is until they discover one of the institute's eminent scientists, Tim Devon, brutally murdered. Dr Steven Dunbar, working for the Sci-Med Inspectorate, .....
Sean Reilly seems to have his life sorted: lovely family, beautiful house and lucrative career as a voice-over artist. But he craves the sort of romance and affection that he no longer receives from his wife. When she sets up home in Kent without him he wonders why, once married, women want men to change and hate it when they don't?
At top investment bank Bloomfield Weiss, they teach them to be winners, predators, killer deal-makers. On the bank's training course in New York, Chris and Lenka were part of a close-knit gang of trainees, working and playing hard.
Queen Isabella, wife to Edward II of England, has been dispatched to France in an attempt to bring about peace between the two countries, and Sir Baldwin de Furnshill must accompany her with his friend Simon Puttock. But the day after their arrival, a servant is found murdered, with Baldwin's dagger lying next to the body.
Mid-winter, 1943. Britain is gripped by intense cold and in the darkest days of the war. It is six months before D-Day and the battle to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe. RAF officer Martin Paget is returning home for Christmas He has been on covert operations in France and knows he has to return there.
The story opens in 1940. Harriet Vane - now Lady Peter Wimsey - has taken her children to safety in the country. But the war has followed them: glamorous RAF pilots and even more glamorous land-girls scandalise the villagers; the blackout makes the night-time lanes as sinister as the back alleys of London.
In this extraordinary book, Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, both fictional and factual. Her father wanted the simple life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, causing the loss of his leg.
Colditz high security camp contained every presistent escaper, trouble maker and valuable hostage captured by the Germans in World War II. It was considered escape proof but the very opposite proved to be true. The prisoners pooled their collected talents to create the greatest escape academy of the war.
Matthew Kneale's English Passengers tells the story of an 1857 expedition to Tasmania, in search of the Garden of Eden, whose members - including a vicar and a sinister racial theorist - don't realise they are actually aboard a Manx smuggling ship.
When Figaro is killed in an aeroplane crash it seems that nothing can save the production of Mozart's opera at the Leander Theatre in London. Then world-class baritone, Marc Chatrier, arrives from Europe and the cast breathes a sigh of relief.
George Orwell was one of the greatest writers England produced in the last century. He left an enduring mark on our language and culture, with concepts such as 'Big Brother' and 'Room 101.' His reputation rests not only on his political shrewdness and his sharp satires....
On 27 August 1883 the most terrifying volcanic eruption occurred on the island of Krakatoa, five miles off the western tip of Java. The island was destroyed and almost 40,000 people were killed. The impact was truly global: ships sailing in the Red Sea were covered in ash; barometers went haywire in Washington;
A terrifically engaging and original biography about one of England’s greatest novelists, and the glamorous, eccentric, debauched and ultimately tragic family that provided him with the most significant friendships of his life and inspired his masterpiece, ‘Brideshead Revisited’.
This book tells the story of the characters and the casualties and domestic dramas of the well known TV programme. Jack Kerruish has been part of the Cardale community for a year now - but has he really been accepted?
The strange and brutal murder of a young African man in Dublin reveals the dark practices of twisted killer... Shad, a young African man, is attacked and left for dead on the Dublin Mountains. He crawls to the nearest house and raises the alarm, but he later dies in hospital.
Ernie Wise is probably best known as one half of the famous Morecambe and Wise comedy duo. This book fills in the blanks in the couple's life from the perspective of Ernie. It also covers Ernie's early life in music hall and in the post-war entertainment industry.
The audio-cassette boxed set of Radio 4's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", starring Peter Jones as The Book and Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and featuring characters such as Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Trillian, Eddie the Ship's Computer, and Slartibartfast.
Lord Peter Wimsey bent down over General Fentiman and drew the Morning Post gently away from the gnarled old hands. Then, with a quick jerk, he lifted the quiet figure. It came up all of a piece, stiff as a wooden doll . . .
There are few writers who can claim the popularity and enduring appeal of J.R.R. Tolkien. His celebrated novels have sold in excess of 160 million copies, and are in large part responsible for seeding the entire genre of fantasy fiction. Now, renowned biographer Michael White looks back over..
Wilbur Smith, one of the world's most acclaimed adventure writers, returns to the world of ancient Egypt with Warlock, the stunning sequel to the New York Times bestselling River God. In the wake of a sixty-year war over the reign of the kingdoms of Egypt, two young pharaohs have risen to claim power....
Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear and The Tempest are not just plays but immortal pieces of literature by one of the greatest playwrights to have ever lived, William Shakespeare. All stories have been suitably abridged for young children, using modern English to help develop and nurture their literary interest.
Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesnt remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But theres one thing Maud is sure of: her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so.
Led by Hanno and Ira Hath, 32 mostly Manth survivors of the fall of the Mastery search for the fabled Homeland. Ira knows that as long as she feels the warmth on her face, despite the wintry conditions, they are heading in the right direction.
When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found amongst the roots of a tree blown down on the city's Castle Green. But why have they been stolen? At the nearby Cathedral, another storm is building around a new, modernising bishop who believes that if the Church is to survive .....
Welcome to a world where everything seems normal. At least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. Like a bathtub with a history so haunted, no one dares get in it ... or an ordinary-looking camera that does unspeakable things to its subjects ...
As a small child growing up on her parents' flower farm in the West Country, Kate always felt like an outsider. She wanted more from life than her well-meaning parents, Neville and Nora, could offer her. Kate had brains, looks and ambition. She could make something herself.
It seems fitting that the final resting place of a girl's body should be in a graveyard. But this is no peaceful burial. This is a brutal murder scene. Under strict orders from his doctor to indulge in no criminal investigation, Wexford is sent to London for a break away from the pressures of the Kingsmarkham police force.
In The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett, a nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland.
What would you do if disaster struck? Would you be a hero...or a coward? These are the true stories of people involved in many different kinds of disaster, and how they behaved in life-or-death situations.
Peregrine Roderick Clyde-Brown is a bumbling, naive and savagely dim-witted teenager, who, as his name reveals, cannot possibly be exposed to the evils of a comprehensive school. However, with his penchant for taking even the most innocent command literally, no reputable school will accept the boy...
A memoir that addresses ageing, memory, time and a life in the 20th century, by one of our greatest writers, Penelope Lively. This is not quite a memoir. Rather, it is the view from old age. And a view of old age itself, this place at which we arrive with a certain surprise - ambushed, or so it can seem.
The latest compelling Quirke Dublin mystery. She looked at him and smiled sadly. 'You've lived too long among the dead, Quirke,' she said. He nodded. 'Yes, I suppose I have.' She was not the first one to have told him that, and she would not be the last.
Kareem was an Afghan resistance fighter of the 1980s and was once on the CIA payroll. But now he's responsible for the murder of an American CIA agent in Pakistan, which may compromise an intricate, long-planned CIA operation to capture Osama bin Laden.
C. S. Lewis was one of the twentieth century’s best-known authors. The Narnia Chronicles, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity are among his most loved works. Shadowlands tells the unique story of Lewis’s tragic love. In Joy Davidman he truly found love and was drawn out of his shell.
Is falling in love the beginning...or the end? In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.
This wonderful book is read by 2 of the very best audiobook readers bar none! Sean Barrett's Chapter 1 is pure genius! Writing of this quality combined with the reading of Mr Barrett and Teresa Gallagher is an absolute must! This one is a life-long keeper!!
The first novel in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy, brilliantly read by Richard Ferrone.
Mars – the barren, forbidding planet that epitomises mankind’s dreams of space conquest.
From the first pioneers who looked back at Earth and saw a small blue star, to the first colonists – hand-picked scientists with the skills necessary to create life from cold desert – Red Mars is the story of a new genesis.
Sir John Betjeman's unique relationship with the BBC left a lasting legacy of poetry, readings and performances. "A First Class Collection" features a selection of some of his most memorable and best-loved poetry.