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Image Stendhal: The Red And The Black
The tale of social-climbing arriviste Julien Sorel brilliantly captures the contradictions and hypocrisies permeating French society under the Bourbon Restoration. Using his formidable intellect, innate cunning and charm, Julien clambers his way to the top, manipulating and seducing those who have the power to give him the social status he desires. However, Julien's idealism and Napoleonic ambitions are always simmering just below the surface, threatening to erupt and jeopardise his designs. For how long will he be able to smother his true feelings? Bill Homewood's reading masterfully portrays the psychological tension and intrigue of this French classic.

£7.00 (£27.99)
Image Mcmillan: Pirates!
Pirates are everywhere ' and they have been ever since boats were used as carriers. They are in stories ranging from Treasure Island through Peter Pan to Pirates of the Caribbean; they are in our imaginations with peg-legs, hook-hands and parrots on their shoulders saying 'Aharr, me hearties!' and they continue to cause havoc in the Gulf of Aden in the 21st century. This book humorously charts the adventures of pirates through the ages, including Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Calico Jack and girl pirates too! There are countless surprising facts here ' many pirates died at the end of a rope, but some were even knighted for their services! And there are plenty of 'Gruesome Alerts', just to prepare you for the extra gory bits...

£2.75 (£10.99)
Image Goldsmith: The Vicar Of Wakefield
£6.25 (£24.99)
Image Murakami: South Of Border West Of Sun
Haruki Murakami is unquestionably Japan's leading novelist with his many works fiction and non-fiction ?consistently reflecting contemporary Japanese life while, unusually, sustaining an international appeal through a deeply human perspective.

South of the Border, West of the Sun is his seventh novel, written in 1992. Hajime tells the story of his relationship with Shimamoto, an unconventional girl, from their first meetings as children through to life as students. They drift apart, but come together years later when Hajime is married and a father of two. Are those former feelings of close friendship still real,?real enough to upset a functioning family life? Or are they haunted by intense memories? And who is Shimamoto, and what has she become. South of the Border, West of the Sun is typically intimate, illusive, unpredictable and absorbing in a way that is uniquely Murakami.

£5.00 (£19.99)
Image Heyer: The Spanish Bride
When Brigade-Major Harry Smith met the beautiful Juana María, an instant spark formed between the two fiery, energetic souls. The two fell deeply in love with one another from the first moment and the Spanish bride accompanied him throughout all his campaigns, where she rode freely among the troops. The intensity of their marriage is made all the more gripping as it is played out against the Peninsular War of Napoleon versus Wellington; The Spanish Bride is both an endearing true love story and a detailed account of Wellington's battles and strategies, which Heyer studied intensely for this unforgettable novel.

£10.50 (£42.00)
Image NESBIT: WHAT KATY DID AT SCHOOL
£2.75 (£10.99)
Image The Coral Island
£3.50 (£13.99)
Image Nietzsche: On The Genealogy Of Morals
This is one of the most accessible of Nietzsche's works. It was published in 1887, a year after Beyond Good and Evil, and he intended it to be a continuation of the investigation into the theme of morality. In the first work, Nietzsche attacked the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, and he criticised past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. In On the Genealogy of Morals, subtitled 'A Polemic', Nietzsche furthers his pursuit of a clarity that is less tainted by imposed prejudices. He looks at the way attitudes towards 'morality' evolved and the way congenital ideas of morality were heavily coloured by the Judaic and Christian traditions.

£10.00 (£19.99)
Image HENLEY: Famous Composers
Following on the success of The Story of Classical Music, Darren Henley and Aled Jones combine forces again to tell, in more detail, the lives of six key composers Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvo??ík and Shostakovich. Their colourful lives and their love of music is told against the backdrop of some of their finest works?á- an ideal combination.

£5.50 (£10.99)
Image MILTON: Paradise Lost
Of Man's First Disobedience, and the Fruit of the Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste Brought Death into the World, and all our woe...' Paradise Lost is the greatest epic poem in the English language. In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of Man's creation, fall and redemption - to 'justify the ways of God to men'. Milton produced characters which have become embedded in the consciousness of English literature - the frail, human pair, Adam and Eve; the terrible cohort of fallen angels; and Satan, tragic and heroic in his unremitting quest for revenge. The tale unfolds from the aftermath of the great battle between good and evil to the moving departure of Adam and Eve from Eden, with human and eternal anguish intertwined in magnificent resonance.

£7.00 (£13.99)
Image LAWRENCE: Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Although Lawrence of Arabia died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.

£7.00 (£13.99)
Image BRONTË, C: Jane Eyre
One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret?á- and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

£7.00 (£13.99)
Image GROSSMITH, G. / GROSSMITH, W.: The Diary of a Nobo
This delightful Victorian comic diary is a classic of English Humour which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1892. City clerk Charles Pooter asks: 'Why should I not publish my diary... because I do not happen to be a"somebody"?' He proceeds to catalogue all the social clangers he makes unwittingly as he bumbles his way through life, yet a sympathy develops for Pooter in the face of it all. The Diary of a Nobody is an ideal text for the talents of Martin Jarvis.

£8.50 (£16.99)
Image DOYLE: Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1
These six cases are among the last undertaken by Sherlock Holmes before he retired to the Sussex downs. However, the problems facing the sleuth are as diverse and challenging as ever. With seeking the whereabouts of the stolen Mazarin Diamond, discovering the importance of being called Garrideb, encountering a mysterious murder on Thor Bridge, searching for eternal youth and the threat of a Vampire in Sussex, there is no sign of Holmes's deductive powers slowing down. David Timson's award-winning series is widely acknowledged to be among the very best interpretations of the master sleuth.

£8.50 (£16.99)
Image TEVYE THE MILKMAN
£10.00 (£19.99)
Image Steve Galloway: The Cellist of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel. Against this, the author touchingly describes three ordinary townspeople and their efforts to retain their humanity, sanity and autonomy as war takes hold of their lives. This bestselling novel is immediate, vivid and deeply affecting on audiobook, fully immersing the listener in the havoc of war.



£10.00 (£19.99)
Image North and South
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth Gaskell's birth we embark on a series of unabridged and abridged recordings of her major novels. North and South follows our widely-praised recording of Cranford (2008), transporting the listener to the heart of Victorian England by vividly delineating the social landscape and an unlikely romance which flourishes within it. Saddened to be leaving behind the sophistication of the South, Margaret Hale approaches her new life in the unrefined, industrialised North with dread. Appalled at the poverty, struggle, and mean conditions that surround her, her revulsion particularly centres on the factory owner John Thornton. Yet, when circumstances conspire to bring them together, Margaret begins to see past crude stereotypes. Conjuring up a fantastic sense of time and place, Gaskell's novel of romantic suspense and changing perceptions, is a sheer delight in the hands of Manchester-born reader, Clare Wille

£10.00 (£19.99)
Image TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
£10.00 (£19.99)
Image Shelley: Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's poignant exploration of the true depths of ambition and humanity has had a profound effect on readers since its conception in 1816. When scientist Victor Frankenstein forms a creature from the body parts of corpses, thus shattering the perceived limits of scientific understanding, the consequences are devastating on both a personal and a wider level. Our natural sympathies are challenged as Frankenstein becomes disgusted with his creation, who, in turn, begins to suffer from an acute sense of loneliness. When his desire for a companion is thwarted, he vows to take revenge upon Frankenstein. What ensues is singularly chilling in this gothic classic, which has spawned numerous film and theatre interpretations.

£7.00 (£27.99)
Image Machiavelli: The Prince
The Prince is a treatise that systematically charts the best strategies for successful governing. It unapologetically places realism above idealism, showing would-be kings how to get what they want while appearing to be generous and honourable, and advocates that the means ' cruelty, duplicity and horror 'justify the ends of secure monarchical rule. But it can also be read as the work of a secret republican subtly undermining the despotism of the ruling Medici family.

£3.50 (£13.99)
Image Roberts: Famous Heroes American West
£2.75 (£10.99)
Image Hogg: Private Memoirs Of A Sinner
£7.00 (£27.99)
Image The Metaphysical Poets
John Donne, Andrew Marvell, George Herbert, Thomas Carew and Henry Vaughan: these were some of the 17th-century writers who devised a new form of poetry full of wit, intellect and grace, which we now call Metaphysical poetry. They wrote about their deepest religious feelings and their carnal pleasures in a way that was radically new and challenging to their readers. Their work was largely misunderstood or ignored for two centuries, until 20th-century critics rediscovered it, finding in it a deep originality and a willingness to experiment that made much conventional poetry look merely decorative. This collection provides the perfect introduction to this diverse group of fascinating poets.

£2.25 (£8.99)
Image The Great Poets: John Clare
£2.25 (£8.99)
Image Thackeray: Barry Lyndon
Like Tom Jones before him, Barry Lyndon is one of the most lively and roguish characters in English literature. He may now be best known through the colourful Stanley Kubrick film released in 1975, but it is Thackeray who, in true 19th-century style, shows the darker side of this 18th-century hero; hence it remains a startling novel.

Following the death of an English officer, Barry flees his native Ireland and attempts to establish himself as one of England's aristocratic elite. Through backstabbing and scheming he reaches the level of society to which he always aspired. However, intent on criticizing the period's social order, Thackeray ensures that this success is soon followed by the hero's ultimate decline.

Jonathan Keeble's energetic reading imbues the period with colour and illuminates the sheer inventiveness of Thackeray's literary and topical satire.

£9.63 (£38.50)
Image Lonnrot: The Kalevala
A compelling insight into the myths and folklore of Finland, The Kalevala is often compared to such epic poems as Homer's Odyssey. Drawing from oral storytelling traditions, Elias Lönnrot made this collection in the 19th-century, and it helped to cement Finnish identity in the turmoil of the 20th-century.

£10.50 (£42.00)
Image Fielding: Shamela
£2.75 (£10.99)
Image Woolf: Jacobs Room
Virginia Woolf's third novel, Jacob's Room, marked a radical, new departure in her style: the most experimental of all her novels, it enacts the 'smashing and crashing' of form that Woolf called for in the modernist movement.

Set in pre-war England, the novel tells the life story of Jacob Flanders. Through the collective memories of those who knew him, we follow his childhood, through to his time at Cambridge, and then into adulthood.

Jacob's Room is evocative and poignant in regards to human relationships, and Woolf describes scenes and characters with a beauty unsurpassed. She combines language in a majestic manner as she meditates on the multiple people we encounter who vanish into the inexorable flux of life and provides a kind of elegiac stream found in her best-known work such as To the Lighthouse.

£6.25 (£24.99)
Image Washington Irving : Rip Van Winkle
Kindly Rip Van Winkle, loved by all, lives a quiet existence in a small village at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. Until one day, travelling in the mountains, he somehow falls asleep. Upon waking, he finds that twenty years have passed!

For adults and children alike, Rip Van Winkle is a charming story that vividly captures a nostalgic period in American history. It is counted among the earliest examples of American fiction.

The collection also contains The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Irving's story about the headless horseman, which explores the nature of legend, and The Pride of the Village, a mythic tale of love and loss.

£2.75 (£10.99)
Image Milton: Samson Agonistes
Samson Agonistes, the 'dramatic poem' by John Milton, was published in 1671, three years before the poet's death. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the Chorus commenting on the action, it follows the biblical story of the blind Samson as he wreaks his revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him. A powerful subject, with a personal resonance for the blind Milton, it is a perfect work for the medium of audiobook where poetry and drama can be balanced equally.

This production, adapted for BBC Radio 3, broadcast in 2008 and directed by John Tydeman, features Iain Glen in the title role, with Samantha Bond as Dalila, Philip Madoc as Harapha and Michael Maloney as the Messenger.

£2.75 (£10.99)
Image Murakami: Sputnik Sweetheart
Haruki Murakami is unquestionably Japan's leading novelist with his many works fiction and non-fiction consistently reflecting contemporary Japanese life while, unusually, sustaining an international appeal through a deeply human perspective.

Sputnik Sweetheart is his ninth novel, written in 1999, and tells the story of a young woman Sumire, an aspiring writer who falls in love with an older, successful businesswoman and wine expert, Miu. Their relationship is told through the eyes of Sumire's close (male) friend. It is a curious, mysterious tale, told with the compassion and quirkiness that is the hallmark of Murakami's writing.

£6.25 (£24.99)
Image Kipling:Puck Of Pooks Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill is an innocent and charming book that takes the listener on a journey through English history with a series of short, fantastical works.

When two children happen across an ancient shrine, they unintentionally summon an impish sprite named Puck ? also known as Robin Goodfellow. To their wonderment, the fairy conjures up the past, taking them on ten magical adventures: they visit Roman Britain and the legion guarding Hadrian's Wall, the thirteenth-century court of King John and the Old England from the time of William the Conqueror. Here are stories of lost treasures, epic battles, mysterious cults and daring piracy.

Interspersed with Kipling's lyrical poetry, Puck of Pook's Hill is a masterful and magical collection that will stir the imagination.

£6.25 (£24.99)
Image Wilde:De Profudis
£5.00 (£19.99)
Image Quincey:Confesions Of Opium
£3.50 (£13.99)
Image LOVECRAFT:SHADOW INNSMOUTH
£5.00 (£19.99)
Image Samuel Taylor Coleridge
£2.25 (£8.99)
Image Religions Of The World
It is important for children living in the multifaith society of today to grow up with an understanding of the rich diversity of religious beliefs and customs that co-exist within their communities. Here is a lively and informative companion to religious education studies for children of primary school age. The main religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and others - are introduced in a clear, accessible manner.

£2.75 (£10.99)
Image THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WOR
£2.75 (£10.99)
Image DOYLE: Valley of Fear
The Sherlock Holmes series read in unabridged form, by David Timson for Naxos AudioBooks is widely regarded as one of the finest. Here, Timson brings his remarkable performance skills to one of Doyle's full-length novels. Holmes and his faithful Dr Watson are summoned to a country house by a coded message. They arrive too late to save a life and then pursue the trail which leads to the unmasking of the murderer.

£5.00 (£19.99)
Image The Cossacks
in 2010 we mark the centenary of Tolstoy's death with a number of Tolstoy recordings, starting with The Cossacks. Naxos AudioBooks has developed a strong association with Tolstoy's writing, best represented by our landmark recording of the unabridged War and Peace. Dissatisfied with his life of frivolity among the aristocracy of Moscow, young Dmitri Andreyevitch Olenin sets out for the Caucasus region. Here, among the natural beauty of his surroundings and the honest and industrious peasant people, Olenin hopes to obtain a more meaningful existence. Yet Olenin is marked out as an outsider from the very beginning, and his ill-fated passion for Maryanka, who is betrothed to a local hero, does little to ingratiate himself with this society. This beautifully articulated novel of self-discovery, youthful idealism and romance is read with great sympathy by Jonathan Oliver.

£5.00 (£19.99)
Image BARNABY RUDGE
£5.00 (£19.99)
Image The Good Soldier
Here, for the first time as an unabridged audiobook, this enigmatic modern classic details the adulterous entanglements of two couples on seemingly normal, friendly terms. The truth of these liaisons emerges, retrospectively and in fragments, from the viewpoint of the innocent and unsuspecting John Dowell. Dowell's perpetual failure to grasp and understand the nature of the infidelities of the people around him makes this a compelling and intriguing first-person narrative. The gap between one person's interpretation of events and the reality is deftly illustrated in what has been critically acclaimed as a near perfect novel and one of the greatest English classics of the twentieth century. Kerry Shale's reading is superb, evoking all the suspense and the subtleties of this fine novel.

£5.00 (£19.99)
Image MURAKAMI: A Wild Sheep Chase
A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities. A Wild Sheep Chase is an early Murakami work, but its remarkable and individual voice makes it one of the most thrilling of his books. Superbly read by Rupert Degas with an edge of Raymond Chandler.

£7.50 (£29.99)
Image Wenborn: Confucius In A Nutshell
£4.50 (£8.99)
Image Eliot: Middlemarch
One of the great works of 19th-century England as well as one of the masterpieces of English fiction, this novel is set in the Midlands, 1830-32, in the fictitious town of Middlemarch. It is concerned with the blighted marriage of a young idealistic woman, but also presents a vivid portrait of England during the Georgian era.

£42.50 (£85.00)
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