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HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams
We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story….
Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces, and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to her father, Virgil – via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the 3,958 books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room.
“Extremely moving, poignantly capturing Ruth’s doomed childhood relationship with her twin brother. By the final chapter I was weeping.” (Sunday Times)
“A rambling, soft-hearted Irish family saga stuffed with eccentricity, literature, anecdotes, mythology, humour and heartbreak.” (Kirkus)
Published: WF Howes Ltd, 4th September 2014
Narrated by Jennifer McGrath
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
FOUR SISTERS: THE LOST LIVES OF THE ROMANOV GRAND DUCHESSES by Helen Rappaport
Award-winning and critically acclaimed historian Helen Rappaport turns to the tragic story of the daughters of the last Tsar of all the Russias, slaughtered with their parents at Ekaterinburg. On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down 23 steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was 22, the youngest only 17. Together with their parents and their 13-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias. Much has been written about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their tragic fate, as it has about the Russian Revolutions of 1917, but little attention has been paid to the Romanov princesses, who – perhaps inevitably – have been seen as minor players in the drama.
In Four Sisters, however, acclaimed biographer Helen Rappaport puts them centre stage and offers listeners the most authoritative account yet of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Drawing on their own letters and diaries and other hitherto unexamined primary sources, she paints a vivid picture of their lives in the dying days of the Romanov dynasty. We see, almost for the first time, their journey from a childhood of enormous privilege, throughout which they led a very sheltered and largely simple life, to young womanhood – their first romantic crushes, their hopes and dreams, the difficulty of coping with a mother who was a chronic invalid and a haeomophiliac brother, and, latterly, the trauma of the revolution and its terrible consequences.
Compellingly listenable, meticulously researched, and deeply moving, Four Sisters gives these young women a voice, and allows their story to resonate for listeners almost a century after their death.
Published: Macmillan Publishers, 31st July 2014
Narrated by Karen Cass
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
NEMESIS: THE BATTLE FOR JAPAN, 1944-45 by Max Hastings
With an introduction read by Max Hastings. A companion volume to his best-selling Armageddon, Max Hastings’ account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history.
Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944-45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.
In this gripping narrative, Max Hastings weaves together the complex strands of an epic war, exploring the military tactics behind some of the most triumphant and most horrific scenes of the 20th century. The result is a masterpiece that balances the story of command decisions, rivalries, and follies with the experiences of soldiers, sailors, and airmen of all sides as only Max Hastings can.
Published: Audible, 17th June 2014
Narrated by Stewart Cameron
Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
THE BOOKSTORE by Deborah Meyler
Ardent and idealistic, Esme Garland arrives in Manhattan to study art history at Columbia University. When she falls in love with New York blue-blood Mitchell van Leuven, life seems to be clear sailing, until she falls pregnant and he abruptly ends it all. To make ends meet Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore with a colorful crew of characters – but then Mitchell, glittering with charm and danger, comes back on the scene.
Published: WF Howes, 7th April 2014
Narrated by Lucy-Jane Quinlan
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
LAND GIRLS by Angela Huth
With the country’s men at war, it falls to the land girls to pitch in and do their bit….
Stella arrives at Hallows Farm in her Rayon stockings, having just waved goodbye to the love of life – naval officer Philip. Agatha has just graduated from Cambridge; life on the Farm is certainly going to offer her a different kind of education. Prue, a hairdresser from Manchester, is used to painting the town red, not manual labour. Joe dreams of leaving the family farm and becoming a fighter pilot. But with the arrival of these three beautiful young women, there’s enough to keep him busy on the farm for the time being….
Work is hard and the effects of war start to take their toll on the three women. But as the bonds of friendship start to form and excitement builds as the RAF dance looms, maybe life in the countryside isn’t so bad after all?
Published: Audible, 23rd December 2013
Narrated by Caroline Lennon
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
THE SEA OF INNOCENCE by Kishwar Desai
The thrilling new adventure starring Kishwar Desai’s enthralling heroine, Simran Singh. Simran Singh is desperate for a break and so the idyll of Goa seems perfect – white beaches, blue seas, and no crime. But when a video appears on her phone, featuring a girl being attacked by a group of men, she realises that darkness festers in this supposed paradise. And when she discovers out that the girl is Liza Kay, a British teenager who has gone missing, she knows she must act.
“Desai’s Simran Singh novels are endowed with something else: the sense that she is delving not just into mysteries but into subjects that matter deeply.” (Independent On Sunday)
Published: WF Howes, 5th June 2014
Narrated by Vayu Naidu
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
WAR DOG by Damien Lewis
After getting shot down in the skies over France in the winter of 1939, airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across a tiny German Shepherd puppy. He hid the dog, whom he named Ant, inside his jacket, and from that moment on an unbreakable bond was formed.
They flew together with Bomber Command, and when Ant was eventually grounded by the RAF top brass he waited patiently on the runway for his master to return from each and every sortie.
By the end of the war Ant had become a very British hero. Thrilling and moving in equal measure, War Dog is a story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakeable bond between a man and his best friend.
Published: ISIS PUBLISHING Ltd, 1st April 2014
Narrated by Gordon Griffin
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
BEAUTY by Louise Mensch
There isn’t a woman on earth who doesn’t have her beauty secrets. But for Dina Kane, beauty is more than just business. It’s power. And it is the secret. She’s dragged herself up from poverty to Park Avenue. She’s rolled with the punches, and she’s learned how to win. Now someone is out to destroy her, and all she’s built. They’ve underestimated Dina Kane. She’s staying at the top – and she’s happy to wait for the perfect moment to exact her revenge…
Published: ISIS, 1st May 2014
Narrated by Laurel Lefkow
Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
CATASTROPHE: EUROPE GOES TO WAR 1914 by Max Hastings
A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. Unabridged and split into two parts.
1914: a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, Imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine-guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire War. But how had it happened?
In Catastrophe: 1914 Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun. Ranging across Europe, from Paris to St. Petersberg, from Kings to corporals, Catastrophe 1914 traces how tensions across the continent kindled into a blaze of battles; not the stalemates of later trench-warfare but battles of movement and dash where Napoleonic tactics met with weapons from a newly industrialised age.
A searing analysis of the power-brokering, vanity and bluff in the diplomatic maelstrom reveals who was responsible for the birth of this catastrophic world in arms. Mingling the experiences of humbler folk with the statesmen on whom their lives depended, Hastings asks: whose actions were justified? From the out-break of war through to its terrible making, and the bloody gambles in Sarajevo and Mons, Le Cateau, Marne and Tannenberg, this is the international story of World War I in its most severe and influential period. Published to coincide with its 100th Anniversary, Catastrophe: 1914 explains how and why this war, which shattered and changed the Western world for ever, was fought.
Published: HARPERCOLLINS, 12th September 2013
Narrated by Max Hastings and Nigel Carrington
Volume I: Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
Volume II: Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
GORMENGHAST by Mervyn Peake
Enter the world of Gormenghast…the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder.
Gormenghast is more than a sequel to Titus Groan - it is an enrichment and deepening of that book. The fertility of incident, character and rich atmosphere combine in a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.
Published: Random House Audiobooks, 19th June 2014
Narrated by Saul Reichlin
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
THE STORY OF THE JEWS: FINDING THE WORDS, 1000 BCE – 1492 by Simon Schama
It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds. It spans the millennia and the continents – from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.
And a great story unfolds. Not – as often imagined – of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians. Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.
Published: Audible, 14th October 2013
Narrated by Andrew Sachs, Saul Reichlin
Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
PEMBERLEY by Emma Tennant
Pemberley is Mr Darcy’s splendid house, and it is there that, amidst their relatives one Christmas, his pride and his wife Elizabeth’s prejudice find themselves once again provoked. Told with stylish irony combined with insights into the emotions and mores of 18th-century English high society, Pemberley is an elegant and diverting social comedy, a novel of genuine originality.
Published: Soundings, 1st June 2014
Narrated by Anne Dover
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
A FIVE YEAR SENTENCE by Bernice Rubens
Miss Hawkins looked at her watch. It was two thirty. If everything went according to schedule, she could safely reckon to be dead by six o’clock. But by the day’s end, events have taken a dramatic turn and Miss Hawkins is sentenced to live.
Forcibly retired, she is presented with a five-year diary. Programmed since childhood to total obedience, Miss Hawkins slavishly follows her diary’s commands until the impossible happens – she meets a man.
As a last reprieve from the horrors of loneliness she embarks on a full-scale mission to taste life’s secret pleasures – and pains – until the cup runs dry….
Publication: ISIS, 1st September 2014
Narrated by Nicolette McKenzie
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
DEATH ROW by Mark Pearson
The explosive third book in the Detective Inspector Jack Delaney series
Fifteen years ago when Jack Delaney was a beat cop not long out of Hendon, two children went missing from Carlton Row, a small residential street in Harrow. They were never seen alive again. Two years later Delaney rescued a young girl from the boot of an abandoned car, leading to the capture of Peter Garnier, one of the most horrific child rapists and murderers in recent history. Although the bodies were never found, Garnier admitted to murdering the two children and many, many more. He was sent to prison for the rest of his natural life. Jack had thought the case was closed. But he couldn’t have been more wrong.
This morning…another young boy disappears from Carlton Row. Peter Garnier sends Jack the chilling message that they are both at the heart of the mystery, and Delaney has no time to figure out why, or how. Because tonight, the killings begin again….
Published: AUDIBLE, 29th April 2014
Narrated by Mark Meadows
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
THE GRAND BANKS CAFE: INSPECTOR MAIGRET, BOOK 8 by Georges Simenon
It was indeed a photo, a picture of a woman. But the face was completely hidden, scribbled all over in red ink. Someone had tried to obliterate the head, someone very angry. The pen had bitten into the paper. There were so many criss-crossed lines that not a single square millimetre had been left visible. On the other hand, below the head, the torso had not been touched. A pair of large breasts. A light-coloured silk dress, very tight and very low cut.
Sailors don’t talk much to other men, especially not to policemen. But after Captain Fallut’s body is found floating near his trawler, they all mention the Evil Eye when they speak of the Ocean’s voyage.
Georges Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium, in 1903. Best known in Britain as the author of the Maigret books, his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
David Coward is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Leeds, England, and an award- winning translator of numerous works from French.
“Compelling, remorseless, brilliant” (John Gray)
“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century…. Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories” (Guardian)
“A supreme writer… unforgettable vividness” (Independent)
Published: Audible, 7th July 2014
Narrated by Gareth Armstrong
Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
THE WAITING GAME by Bernice Rubens
At “The Hollyhocks” old people’s home, the inhabitants are “waiting for the scythe”. But while they are waiting…Lady Celia is running a blackmailing business, Mr Cross keeps a tally of fellow residents’ deaths on the back of his wardrobe, and then there is the rabid old Scots nationalist, and Mrs Green, a woman with a mysterious past. Hardly surprising in this environment that Mrs Bellamy decides she can’t take any more and slits her throat.
When Matron hushes it up, Lady Celia sees an opportunity to expand her blackmailing operation. Meanwhile two new incomers disturb the life of the home further; Mrs Feinberg, a sprightly Jewish woman of whom the other residents are immediately suspicious, and the elegant Mr Rufus.
Published: ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1st June 2014
Narrated by Anna Bentinck
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
TELL THE GIRL by Sandra Howard
Married four times, Susannah Forbes had a starry career as a top model. Now, with an instinctive eye for design, she finds herself in constant demand as an interior designer. Offered a commission by a recently divorced American to make over his lavish Long Island home, Susannah accepts, bringing as her assistant young divorcee Daisy Mitchell. Taking off from Heathrow, Susannah is transported back to a time when, at the height of her modelling career, she lived in New York.
Weaving together a fascinating past and a present full of emotional turmoil, Sandra Howard draws us into a world she knew so well, of glamour, style, and high society, but where, below the surface, extravagance, insecurity, and infidelity run rife.
Published: ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1st September 2014
Narrated by Jilly Bond
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
MINUTE FOR MURDER by Nicholas Blake
The eighth Nigel Strangeways mystery.
The Second World War has just finished and amateur detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is working at the Ministry of Morale in London, in the Visual Propaganda Division. With war over, life seems to be calm again, that is until the Director’s beautiful secretary is poisoned in full view of seven members of the division, including Nigel himself. Who could have killed her? And how?
“An outstanding mystery novel. Mr Blake’s writing is a delight in itself.” (New York Times)
“A master of detective fiction.” (Daily Telegraph)
“His plots are ingenious.” (Times Literary Supplement)
Published: Audible, 7th March 2013
Narrated by Kris Dyer
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
THE HAUNTING OF TOBY JUGG by Dennis Wheatley
How is it that during the past hundred years so little interest has been taken in the Devil’s activities? The Haunting of Toby Jugg suggests an answer. Woven into a tale of modern love and courage, of intrigue, hypnotism and Satan-worship, it propounds a theory that under a new disguise the Devil is still intensely active – that through his chosen emissaries he is nearer than ever before to achieving victory in his age-old struggle to become, in fact, as well as in name, the Prince of this World.
Published: Audible, 18th February 2014
Narrated by Nick Mercer
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
DOC MARTIN: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT by Sam North
Doc Martin arrives in the picture postcard fishing village of Portwenn, Cornwall. Once a high-flying London surgeon, his suddenly developed blood phobia means he has to take a job in a local practice. But while the Doc’s medical skills are second to none, his bedside manner leaves a lot to be desired. He immediately starts infuriating the locals, none more so than school teacher Louisa Glasson…
Published: W F Howes, 1st April 2014