Audio Book Catalogue Compiled April 2007 1- 40 The Vicar of Dibley by Richard Curtis 2 Cassettes starring Dawn French Dibley, a perfect village somewhere in rural England. Full of some perfect peculiar people including Alice Tinker and her under – active brain, Owen Newitt and his over – active bowels, and Letitia Cropley and her Orange Cake with Branston Pickle Icing. And then there‘s David Horton, the village council ruler, who has everything in the village running exactly as he wishes – until the day the 102 – year old Reverend Pottle dies. And then trouble begins… Deadlock by Sara Paretsky 8 cassettes read by Liza Ross A V.I. Warshawski novel Ex-ice hockey champ Boom Boom was Vic‘s cousin. But now he‘s dead, and Vic‘s suspects that his fall over the side f a wharf was murder. Why else should her investigations at the Eudora Grain Company, where Boom Boom worked, spark off more killings? Vic‘s enquires take her on board the Lucella Wieser, a giant grain ship passing through the Soo locks, and there a spectacular, horrifying, almost literal deadlock occurs Upstairs Downstairs by John Hawkesworth 2 Cassettes read by Hannah Gordon. ―Upstairs downstairs‖ is a family saga and as a television series made by London Weekend Television, has shown a picture of English life from 1903 – following the fortunes of the Bellamy family and their servants. No 2 No 1L No 1
Star Trek Cacophony 1 CD read by cast A Captain Sulu adventure starring George Takei On the planet Stentor, silence is not only golden; it is the key to maintaining peace in a world devastated by a great war. But that calm is shattered when a group known as the Ghazi create a new technology that intercepts old Earth radio signals and rebroadcasts hem across the planet—each day the din growing ever more deafening. When Captain Sulu and the crew of the U.S.S. Ecxcelsior are summoned to investigate sub-space interference emanating from Stentor, Sulu and his communications officer Terra Spiro discover that the Ghazi actually believe the signals are the voices of the gods. No 3 Dinner Ladies by Victoria Wood 2 Cassettes performed by cast of the TV programme Monday ‗Get those shutters up – lets feed the faces of the folk!‘ Time for the staff of the factory canteen – Bren, Twink, Jean and the rest of to roll up their sleeves and set to. Royals The canteen staff are throne into a flutter by the impending arrival of Prince James. Tony has other things on his mind, though – namely sex (and bacon sandwich).
Moods Jean and Dolly are bickering about the merits of having a pelvic floor like a bulldog clip whilst Stan‘s locked himself in the loo and put his cone outside. Just one of those days. 2
Party Unlike the usual ―show up and throw up and bog off home‖, this year‘s do has a Japanese theme and everyone‘s dressing up. Will Tony succumb to Brenda in all her finery? No 4 A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute 2 cassettes read by Leo McKern ―The Imperial Japanese Army do not make war on womans and childs.‖ With this proclamation Jean Paget and 32 English women and children taken prisoner by the Japanese in 1941 began an ordeal that was worse than prison camp: they were forced to walk continually from village to village across Malaya for seven months. This is the story of a young woman‘s bravery, endurance and enterprise – not only in the Malayan jungles, but also in the Australian outback, where with the same initiative and energy, she set about creating a town like Alice No 4L Just Here Doctor by Dr. Robert Clifford 4 cassettes read by Richard Mitchley In this richly entertaining and humorous true story of the life o a small West Country community, as seen through the eyes of its GP, Dr Robert Clifford has some marvellous tales to tell: about the home delivery of a cricket fan‘s baby (in between overs of a Test Match): of the time he rode off on a gigantic horse to attend a hunting accident…and rode back in an ambulance as the casualty: and of the tragedies and great joys that are inevitably mixed in the lives of the patients in r Clifford‘s country practise. No 5 Birds of a Feather Vol. 1 3
2 cassettes Full cast recording starring Pauline Quicke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph No 6 Brrm Brrm The Man from Japan by Clive James 2 cassettes read by the author A hilarious account of how English people and customs appear to someone brought up in the orderliness of Japan. No 7 More Sherlock Homes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2 cassettes read by Robert Hardy Four more classic cases of brilliant deduction by the master detective, Sherlock Holmes, aided from time to time by the loyal Dr Watson. No 7L The Eyes by Edith Wharton 2 cassettes read by Ralph Cosham This unabridged collection contains some of Edith Wharton‘s best and most intriguing works of short fiction. The Debt is an engaging story about loyalty and men of science. The Daunt Diana tells about the love of art. The Moving Finger explains the motives of a man who asks that the portrait of his deceased wife be altered, and, in the famous ghost story, The Eyes, a man is haunted by his past. No 8 How Does Your Garden Grow? and other stories by Agatha Christie 2 cassettes read by David Suchet David Suchet, Poirot to perfection, returns with five further short stories taken from the collection entitled Poirot‘s Early Cases. No 9 Talking Heads 2 by Alan Bennett 4
2 cassettes Talking Heads is the second collection of six individual portraits from the master of the monologue, performed by six of Britain‘s leading actors. No 10 The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter 2 cassettes read by Kevin Whately Chie Inspector Morse of Tames Valley CID reads clues to the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful Swedish tourist. They are hidden in a cryptic poem sent anonymously to Kidlington police HQ and published in ‗The Times‘. No 11 The School for Scandal by Sheridan 2 cassettes performed by cast First performed in 1777, Sheridan‘s witty play ‗The School for Scandal was acclaimed as ―a phenomenon in the theatrical world‖, and it returned as a leader of English comedy for over a century until rivalled around 1895 by the works of Oscar Wilde. No 12 Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James 2 cassettes read by the author This delightful account of Clive James‘ formative years in Australia is the tale of a headstrong boy who could talk his widowed mother into practically anything. It is the portrait of a desperately insecure youth who turned up on his first day at University with his Presbyterian Fellowship Badge gleaming alongside his Boy‘s Brigade Badge in order to indicate that he was a man of parts. No 13 Para Handy Tales by Neil Munro 2 cassettes read by Gregor Fisher
Neil Munro‘s famous stories about a colourful Clyde steamboat, The Vital Spark, and her equally colourful Master, Para Handy. No 14 The Goon Show Vol. 5 2 cassettes 4 original BBC Radio episodes. No 15 The Goon Show and Guests Vol. 16 2 cassettes 4 classic shows with guest appearances No 16 One Foot in the Grave by David Renwick 2 cassettes 4 episodes of the classic BBC comedy series. No 17 The Best of BBC Comedy – The 90s 4 cassettes Eight hilarious 199s comedy shows. No 18 Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers 2cassettes Ian Carmichael and Peter Jones star as Lord Peter Wimsey and his faithful valet Bunter in this BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatisation. No 19 Last of the Summer Wine by Roy Clarke 2 cassettes read by the cast 4episodes of the BBC classic comedy No 20 The Broker by John Grisham 2 cassettes read by Dennis Boutsikaris When the outgoing President grants a controversial last minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious power broker languishing in a federal prison, rumour as it that the CIA is responsible. Apparently, Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets compromising the world‘s most sophisticated satellite surveillance system. 6
No 20L Morse‘s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories by Colin Dexter 6 cassettes read by Terrence Hardiman How can the discovery of a short story by a beautiful Oxford graduate lead Morse to her murder? What happens when Chief Inspector Morse himself becomes the victim of a brilliantly executed crime? And why does a heft at Christmas lead the detective to look upon the festive season with uncharacteristic good will? This dazzling new collection of short stories will delight all lovers of classic crime fiction. No 21 Overcoming Alcohol Addiction 1 cassette in the Discover Yourself series Alcohol addiction has become a concern of recent years. This tape sets out to help you recognise warning signs and symptoms, and to regain control of your drinking patterns. It is full of constructive advice and useful strategies, under the headings: Historical perspectives; Drink dependency: Strategies and guidelines: Hope on the road ahead. No 22 Warlock by Wilbur Smith 3 Cassettes read by Robert Powel Set in Egypt and following on from the River God and Seventh Scroll, Warlock marks the return of the world‘s finest adventure writer. Taita answers the summons from the beyond. He leaves the deserts‘ vastness and returns to the world of men to find himself plunged into terrible conflict against the forces of evil, which threaten to overwhelm the throne and the realm of Egypt, and destroy the Prince Nefer who is the grandson of Queen Lostris. 7
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 2 cassettes – Radio 4 dramatisation starring Hannah Gordon and others When Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy relations at Mansfield Park she seems shy and withdrawn beside her witty and vivacious cousins. But Fanny‘s steadfast and purposeful character makes her and indispensable pat of the household. No 24 Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet 2 cassettes read by Christopher Gazenove His weapon is the stiletto, his codename: The Needle. He is Henry Faber, coldly professional, a killer, Germany‘s most feared deep-cover agent in Britain. His task: to discover the Allies‘ plans for D-Day, and get them to Germany at all costs. A task he ruthlessly carries through, until Storm Island and the enigmatic and beautiful Lucy. No 25 A Parliamentary Affair by Edwina Currie 2 Cassettes read by Jenny Seagrove Packed with insider information, laced with gossipy wit and spiced with erotic escapades, Edwina Currie‘s best selling novel is compelling new picture of the corridors of power. In the hot-house of Westminster, all four learn that ambition can exact too high price. No 26 Not that sort of girl by Mary Wesley 2 Cassettes read by Anna Massey ―Rose don‘t leave me. Promise never to leave me,‖ said Ned on their wedding night, revealing an unexpected chink in his perfect armour of wealth, good looks, and country estate.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 2 cassettes read Kate Winslet The reduced circumstances of the Dashwood family cast a shadow over the romantic aspirations of daughters Elinor and Marianne – who must learn to mix sense with sensibility in approaching their problems with both money and men. No 27a Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 4 cassettes read by Imagen Stubbs No 28 Sophie‘s World by Jostein 2 Cassettes read by Anna Massey When Sophie Amundsen returns home from school one day to find two anonymous letters in the mailbox posing the questions ―Who are we?‖ and ―Where does the world come from?‖. She quickly finds she has embarked on a correspondence course on history of philosophy, receiving typed lectures regularly from a mysterious stranger. No 29 Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton 4 cassettes read by the author Living History is Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s revealing memoir of her White House years – of living history with Bill Clinton, a thirty year adventure in love and politics. Hillary Clinton came of age during a time of tumultuous social and political change in America. She charted her own course as the only First Lady to play a major role in shaping domestic legislation. Wife, mother, lawyer and international icon, she has lived through America‘s great political wars, from Watergate to Whitewater.
No 29L Mapp and Lucia by E F Benson 10 cassettes read by Prunella Sccales Mapp and Lucia is the epitome of a chronicle of life in two English country towns described with malicious delicacy and wit. At last they meet – the two most formidable ladies in English literature come together in genteel and deadly enmity. Shaking the dust of Riseholme from her elegant feet, Lucia prepares to conquer the high society of Tilling, with Georgie Pillson as her devoted courier. Meanwhile, Miss Mapp prepares to defend her position as doyenne of Tilling. No 30 A Peaceful Retirement by Miss Read 4 Cassettes read by Sián Phillips Fairacre‘s retired schoolmistress was looking ahead joyfully to an easier way of life. But right from the start of her holiday, Miss Read has the opportunity to become a prison visitor, baby-minder and even a regular for local radio. Add an offer of marriage from her good friend, John Jenkins, and it seems a retirement that‘s far from peaceful No 31 Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson 4 Cassettes read by Dame Judi Dench OBE The story of three closely related Oxfordshire communities — a hamlet, the nearby village and a small market town — this immortal trilogy is based on Flora Thompson‘s experiences during childhood and youth. It chronicles May Day celebrations and forgotten children‘s games, the daily lives of farm workers and craftsmen, friends and relations— all painted with the gaiety and freshness of observation that makes a precise and endearing portrayal of country life at the end of the nineteenth century. 10
The Charles Dickens Collection A Christmas Carol – 2 cassettes Geoffrey Palmer Oliver Twist – 4 cassettes read Jennings David Copperfield – 4 cassettes Nathaniel Parker Tree of Dickens‘s most exuberant novels early years. No 33
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As The Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer 2 Cassettes read by Alec McCowen When Charlie Trumper inherits his grandfather‘s fruit and vegetable barrow, he also inherits his enterprising spirit, which gives Charlie the drive to lift himself out of the poverty of Whitechapel, in London‘s East End. Success, however, does not come easily or quickly, particularly when World War 1 sends Charlie into an ongoing struggle with a vengeful enemy who will not rest until Charlie is destroyed. No 34 Her own Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford 2 Cassettes read by Diana Quick When Meredith Stratton, the wealthy owner of a chain of hotels, travels to Europe on business she falls in love with a handsome Frenchman. Luc de Montboucher; but her happiness is overshadowed by a reoccurring dream and a series of events that awaken long – buried memories of her childhood. Forcing her to embark on a voyage of self – discovery and to confront the truth about herself. A Sparrow Falls by Wilbur Smith 4 Cassettes read by Tim Pigott – Smith From the trenches of the First World War, France to the African wilderness. Sean Courtney 11 No 35
strides into the last chapter of his epic life as soldier, statesman and power in the land. A terrific climax to the Courtney trilogy. No 36 Windfall by Penny 4 Cassettes read by Laura Brattan Cassia Fallon has been married to her Doctor husband for seven years, when her godmother leaves her half a million pounds. In 1935, that was a vast fortune. Slowly at first the money begins to work on her. Determined to be sensible, to stay in control, to keep her life and her marriage well adjusted, she finds herself nevertheless reexamining her marriage, her past, and her future. No 37 Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher 4 Cassettes read by Lynn Redgrave When she leaves London for the pretty Hampshire Village that she describes as ―my geriatric bolt-hole‖, Elfrida Phipps quickly feels at home. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells – particularly Oscar – to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida‘s tranquillity. She takes refuge in a rambling house in Scotland. No 38 As I Walk out one Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee 2 Cassettes read by Kenneth Branagh ―The stooping figure of my mother waist deep in the grass, was the last I saw of my country home as I left to discover the world‖ No 39 The Very Best of Ken Dodd 2 cassettes
Includes The Very Best of Ken Dodd and The Navy Lark No 39L Encore Provence by Peter Mayle 6 cassettes read by Andrew Sachs Encore Provence completes Peter Mayle‘s trilogy of life and strange doings in Provence which began with A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence. There are still many curiosities in this area of France, as you might expect: there‘s a school for noses, a gardener who grows black tomatoes, a connoisseur of funerals, an oversexed butcher, and an assortment of the often eccentric characters who lie in wait in bars and boule courts. No 40 The Copper Peacock and Other Stories by Ruth Rendell 2 cassettes read by James Fox Five short stories from the mistress of crime writing. No 40L The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene 8 cassettes read by Michael Kitchen Scobie is a highly principled police officer in a war-torn West African state. When he is passed over for promotion he is forced to borrow money to send his despairing wife away on holiday. In her absence he falls hopelessly in love with Helen, a young widow, and his life is transformed by the experience. With a duty to repay his debts, and an inability to distinguish between love, pity and responsibility, to others and to God, Scobie moves inexorably to his final damnation. No 41 Another View by Rosamunde Pilcher 2 Cassettes read by Lynn Redgrave
Emma Litton couldn‘t get on with her life until she found out just what place she had in her father‘s heart. She‘d gone to school in Europe found a job in Paris, always wondering what her famous artist father was doing in Japan or America or at the cottage in Cornwall. No 42 Every Living Thing by James Herriot 2 Cassettes read by Christopher Timothy Every Living Thing is a book for those who find laughter and joy in the differing ways of animals, and for those who know and understand the magic of wild places and beautiful countryside. No 43 The End of Summer by Rosamunde Pilcher 2 Cassettes read by Geraldine James On a California beach at summer‘s end Jane Marsh recalls her childhood home, Elvie, far away in remote corner of Scotland. She remembers the heather on the hills, the still lochs, her grandmother and of course, Sinclair. His good looks had invited her secret dreams of marriage and settling at Elvie forever. No 44 The Archers – The Wedding 2 cassettes by cast On the 40th anniversary of the longest running serial in the world Peggy and Jack‘s wedding is a fitting milestone in Ambridge life, a day to be commemorated and treasured. No 45 September by Rosamunde Pilcher 2 Cassettes read by Lynn Redgrave Set in Scotland September follows the fortunes of two families as they prepare for a party that will prove the turning point in all their lives. The vulnerable Alexa loves the arrogant Noel Keeling, and the glamorous Pandora the black sheep may be returning to the fold. 14
Plain Tales from the Raj 2 Cassettes presented by Evan Charlton Once there was a British Raj in India; some people loved and served in it; some people hated or ridiculed it; most people knew little about it… No 47 The Rector‘s Wife by Joanna Trollope 2 Cassettes read by Patricia Hodge Anna has been everything a priest‘s wife should be – a comfort to her husband, a marvellous mother to her children, a workhorse to the parish. But when Peter fails to gain promotion to Archdeacon, Anna rebels. No 48 The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat 2 Cassettes read by Robert Powel It is a story of how they fought the packs of German U boats to bring the convoys through to safety. But even more it is the story of how they fought the strength and the fury of the sea. No 49 Doyle The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan
2 cassettes read by Christopher Lee A brutal murder in an English country house leads Sherlock Holmes to unravel the grim and gruesome story of The Valley of Fear. In a mining valley in the United States, a secret society used murder and intimidation to keep a stranglehold on the community – a stranglehold that was finally broken by one man. Behind it all, Holmes detects the deadly and of the criminal genius, Professor Moriarty. No 49L Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner 4 Cassettes read by Anna Massey 15
Edith Hope is in disgrace and working out her probation on the shores of Lake Geneva. Friends and family have banished her to seemingly Swiss solitude, until such time as she may recover her senses. Her crime? It all subtly unfolds in Hotel Du Lac. No 50 The Burning Shore by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Gabrielle Drake Spring 1917. In war-ravaged northern France, Michael Courtney, a dashing aviator flying for the British, falls in love with a beautiful young French aristocrat, Centaine de Thiry. Their happiness is short-lived, and their hopes of a life together in the Africa of Michael‘s birth perish in the blazing skies above the grim battlefields of the Somme. No 50L Heritage of Folly by Catherine Marchant 6 Cassettes read by Susan Jameson Linda Metcalfe is full of anticipation, even slightly fearful, as she arrives at Fowler Hall Farm to begin her years work as a trainee and it‘s not long before she is made aware of the deep enmity that divides the two families whose land adjoins. No 51 Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield 2 cassettes read by the author & others When over 1 million pages found their way to the archive, it become clear that this British public wanted to be heard. In Our Hidden Lives, Simon Garfield has skilfully woven together entries of four members of the public from the rarely discussed but pivotal period of 1945 to 1948. The result is moving, intriguing, funny, and, at times, heartbreaking audiobook.
No 51L Maggie Jordan by Emma Blair 12 Cassettes read by Eve Karpf When most of Maggie Jorden‘s family are killed in a freak flood in a small coastal village of Heymouth, she is forced to find work in one of Glasgow‘s carpet mills. She becomes engaged to Neville Sanderson, an impetuous and highly political man, who suddenly decides to go to Spain and fight against Franco. No 52 A Guilty Thing Surprised by Ruth Rendell 2 cassettes read by George Baker The Nightingales were always a very happy couple. If a husband and wife never discuss anything but the weather, are waited on hand and foot, are childless and physically cold, what is there to quarrel about. But someone had reason to quarrel with Elizabeth. Someone who was alone with her in the woods that dark September night. Someone who loved her or hated her enough to beat her head in until she was dead. No 52l Postscripts by Claire Rayner 10 cassettes read by Peter Whitman Fifty years before a group of fleeing refugees had been betrayed by a boy for a bag of apples. Now, in London, prize- winning filmmaker Abner Wiseman is seeking material and finance for a new film on the effect of war, the persecution, the concentration camps on those who survived it. His research leads him to Miriam the daughter of a historian of the Jewish camps and together they piece together this terrible story. No 53 Shadowlands by Brian Sibley 2 Cassettes read by Joss Ackland 17
In the summer of 1952, C S Lewis met Joy Gresham for the first time. Born a Jew she was a 37 year-old Christian convert taking time out from an unfaithful husband. Lewis was a confirmed bachelor of 54 and a lecturer at Oxford. And so began one of the most unlikely love stories of all time. No 54 Shirley by Charlotte Bronte 2 Cassettes read by Lia Williams Years of dependent spinsterhood seem to be the destiny of Caroline Helstone when she is barred from the man she loves: but into her life comes the wealthy and headstrong Shirley Keeldar and dramatic changes ensue. No 55 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 2 Cassettes read by Noriko Aida In Arthur Golden‘s poised and beautiful written debut novel, Sayuri tells the extraordinary tale of her life, evoking a quarter of a century of Japan‘s dramatic history, from 1929 through to the post-war years. No 56 Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin 2 Cassettes read by Bill Paterson The brutal abduction and murder of two young girls and a third missing detective sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own daughter spirited away by his estranged wife is one of many police hunting the killer. No 57 Honour Among Thieves by Jeffery Archer 2 Cassettes read by Martin Shaw It was an alliance made in hell and it had just one purpose, the destruction of the President of the United States. Saddam Hussein was the instigator, but while he set the plans in motion, Mossad was putting a beautiful Israeli
girl with a reason for revenge, in place. And Hannah Kopec had only one goal – Saddam‘s Death No 58 Tis by Frank McCourt 2 Cassettes read by the Author Tis is the story, of Frank‘s American journey from impoverished immigrant with rotten teeth, infected eyes and no formal education, to brilliant raconteur and schoolteacher. Saved first by a straying priest, then by the Democratic Party, the United States Army and the New York University. No 59 The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux 2 cassettes read by Anton Rodgers Beneath the Opera House in Paris, somewhere in the dark labyrinths hidden from the public‘s eyes, the Phantom lurks, watching and waiting. In his crazed obsession to further the career of a beautiful young singer he will stop at nothing – not even murder. No 60 Angela‘s Ashes by Frank McCourt 4 Cassettes read by the Author The luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-ere Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank‘s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank‘s father Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. No 60L Angela‘s Ashes by Frank McCourt 4 cassettes read by the author No 61 The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth 4 Cassettes read by Simon Jones
From behind the scenes decision making of the Allies to the secret meetings of Saddam Hussein‘s war cabinet, from the brave American fliers running dangerous missions over Iraq to a heroic young spy planted deep in the heart of Baghdad. No 62 A Fortunate Life Book 2 Cassettes read by a full cast This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. A parentless boy who started work at the age of eight on the rough Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, and survived the gore of Gallipoli and the loss of his son. No 63 Hemingway‘s Chair by Michael Palin 2 cassettes read by the author When an ambitious outsider, Nick Marshall, is appointed postmaster over martin Sproale the mild assistant in a small English Coastal town, and starts to transform the friendly, oldfashioned local post office, Martin is faced with a choice – to be his usual agreeable self and go along with the drastic changes, or to be like his hero, Ernest Hemingway, and fight for what he believes in. No 63L The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans 10 Cassettes read by William Dufris A girl out riding in upstate New York is hit by a 40 ton truck. Though horribly injured, both thirteen year old grace and her horse survive. Grace‘s mother refuses to have Pilgrim put down and hears about a man in Montana, a whisperer who is said to have healing powers for troubled horses.
The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum 2 cassettes read by Martin Balsam In this gripping bestseller, Robert Ludlum spins a web of suspense and highstakes intrigue, as two men who are sworn mortal enemies must cooperate in order to foil a sinister plot to topple the world‘s governments. From opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, these two hard-bitten professionals are the best at what they do. And they do whatever is necessary. No 64L Sweet Vengeance by Rowan Edwards 5 Cassettes read by Elizabeth Henry Zoe was a student of botany, quietly collecting coastal samples from the foot of a cliff. The last thing she expected or wanted was to witness a fatal car accident. But was it an accident – suicide? At the inquest, Zoe‘s clear evidence influenced the verdict; and naturally that verdict mattered to Jeannine‘s widower, the enigmatic and saturnine actor Leon Wyman. What Zoe couldn‘t guess was how deeply embittered he was or why he should direct his emotions against the innocent Zoe, who had never asked to be come involved. But Zoe had no choice. Soon she was profoundly involved with Leon, emotionally, physically and spiritually – until there was no turning back. His mark on her and would stay there for the rest of her life. No 65 My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness 2 cassettes read by the author From New Year‘s Day 1995 to June 1996, Alec Guinness kept diaries in which he recorded not only day-to-day events, but also a range of memories, views and musings. Certain pre21
occupations recur: theatre and film, books and paintings, the Church, food and drink; and the delights of home and family. Friendship is also central to Sir Alec‘s life, and his friendships with Alan Bennett, Jill Balcon, Lauren Bacall and Barry Humphries; among others, from the backbone of these wonderfully amusing diaries. No 65L The Dark Curtain By Joy Packer 6 Cassettes read by Virginia McKenna Maud Carpenter, world- famous thriller writer and mother-in-law to Sir Hugh Etheridge, British Ambassador in South Africa, disappears without trace when on safari in a wildlife reserve. A ransom demand, gruesomely delivered, at first suggests a politically motivated kidnapping, but it soon becomes clear the motivation of the abductors is complex, and that their captive is stubborn in her resistance to threats. No 66 The Rain Maker by John Grisham 2 Cassettes read by Michael Beck Note – use No 128L
Spring Fever by Dick Francis 1 cassette read by Tony Britton Tony Britton brings to life three stories by Dick Francis. Spring Fever is the story of a widow who develops a crush on the jockey that rides her racehorse. Rope of Kingdom Hill‘ is about a con-man who thinks he has the perfect scam to work on the Kingdom Hill racecourse. ‗Carrot for a Chestnut‘ is about a 19 year-old who is asked to give a carrot to a chestnut before a big race meet in which the chestnut is favourite to win. No 68 The Careful Man by Frederick Forsyth 22
1 cassette read by Robert Powell Timothy Hanson was ―A Careful Man‖ and had six months to live! How should he plan his life and disposal of his wealth? There are surprises in store for his greedy relatives. No 68L The Edge by Dick Francis 8 Cassettes read by Tony Britton To the Jockey Club, the racing world would be a better place without Julius Apollo Filmer. An expert in corruption with a devastating line in witness intimidation – and proving to be a slippery character to put behind bars. They call in an undercover security agent Tor Kelsey to keep an unflinching eye on Filmer and his associates. No 69 The Devil‘s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth 2 cassettes read by Bob Peck Adam Munroe was unmoved. In his time, he had learned that, in principle, politicians have little enough objection to loss of life, providing they cannot be seen publicly to have had anything to do with it. ―It has happened before‖, he said, ―and no doubt it will happen again. In the Firm we call it The Devil‘s Alternative‖. No 69L Spy Story by Len Deighton 6 Cassettes read by Paul Daneman Patrick Armstrong is a tough, dedicated agent and war-games player. But in Armstrong‘s violent, Complex world, war games are all too often played for real. No 70 Straight by 2 cassettes Derek Franklin, an end of his career, Dick Francis read by Simon MacCorkindale injured jockey nearing the is hit by the sudden death 23
of his older brother. As the book says ―I inherited my brother‘s life. Inherited his desk, his business, his enemies, his worries and his mistress. No 71 Odds Against by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by Ian McShane Sid Haley, Champion jockey had to give up racing when his hand was smashed. But his next job brought him a bullet - right in the middle of his chest. As he soon discovers, life as a private eye can get a lot worse. No 72 The Danger by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by Tom Pigott-Smith Andrew Douglas is a partner in the firm Liberty Market Ltd, which specialises in advice and assistance to individuals or families touched by the terror of kidnapping. Here a string of connected kidnappings embroils the horseracing world. No 73 Hot Money by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by Christopher Cazenove Moira Pembroke, avaricious and calculating, is brutally murdered, her face pushed into sack of potting compost. Her husband, multi-millionaire Malcolm Pembroke, is a man of strong passions whose colourful life has included five wives and nine children. No 74 Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon 2 Cassettes read by Jenny Agutter Elizabeth Rolfe, only child of one of the world‘s richest men, has everything-beauty, intelligence and youth. But then her father dies and she discovers that her inheritance includes far more than his international pharmaceutical company…as she finds herself 24
stalked by a deadly assassin determined to destroy her. No 75 The Call of Wings by Agatha Christie 2 Cassettes read by Christopher Lee and Anna Massey The Call of the Wings is a haunting tale wherein the pipes of the god pan call Silas Hamer to a final act of heroism and to the release of death. Plus 3 other stories from Agatha Christie No 76 Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon 2 Cassettes read by Lee Remick The newly appointed US Ambassador to an Iron Curtain country, Mary Ashley, becomes the target of a mysterious murder plot. No 77 Knock Down by Dick Francis 2 cassettes read by Tim Piggot Smith It‘s the classic law of the invader. Get to the strongest guy and smash him, and then watch the weaker ones fall like ninepins. Which is exactly what a vicious gang of horse dealers decides to do. But they haven‘t reckoned with bloodstock agent Jonah Derekham, a man who belies his quiet exterior with a steely and implacable resolve. No 78 Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice 2 cassettes read by F. Murray Abraham Interview With the Vampire is a novel that evokes the brilliance, the decadence, the horror of The Vampire‘s world – as he pours out the erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. It is the first of the famous ‗Chronicles of the Vampires‘ by the author of The Vampire Lestat. 25
No 78L The Road to Paradise by Victoria Holt 10 Cassettes read by Susan Jameson When unexpectedly coming across a neglected grave, whose name bears an uncanny resemblance to her own, Annalice Malloy longs to know more about the occupant. She finds herself slowly being drawn into a web of danger where she can trust no one. No 79 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 2 Cassettes by a full cast dramatisation International casts of suspects, all passengers on the over crowded train, are speeding through the snowy European landscape when a bizarre and terrible murder brings them to an abrupt halt. One of their glittering number lies dead in his cabin stabbed a mysterious twelve times. No 80 Road Rage by Ruth Rendell 2 Cassettes read by Christopher Ravenscroft. A by-pass is planned in Kingsmarkham that will destroy its peace and the natural habitat forever. Dora Wexford joins the protest movement, but Wexford must be more circumspect. Trouble is expected. No 81 Independence Day UK by Dirk Maggs 1 Cassette read by a full cast dramatisation As an Alien vessel flattens London and RAF Tornadoes swing into a series desperate dog fights with Alien Attackers in the skies over the United Kingdom. No 82 My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
2 Cassettes read by Mel Gibson There are some women…. Who through no fault of their own impel disaster. When the young Philip Ashley first meets Rachel, the beautiful but disturbing Italian widow of his cousin Ambrose, he is bewitched by her; and his infatuation will soon bring him to the brink of ruin and even put his life in danger. No 83 Op-Centre by Tom Clancy 2 Cassettes read by Kerry Shale Op-centre is a beating heart of the defence, intelligence and crisis management technology. It is run by a crack team of operatives and when a job is too dirty, or too dangerous, it is the only place the government can turn. No 84 The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey 2 cassettes read by Edward Petherbridge A fifteen year old schoolgirl accuses Marion Sharpe and her mother of kidnap. Her description of the attic, in which she claims to have been locked up, beaten and starved, is so accurate t appears to establish the guilt of these supposedly respectable women beyond doubt. Will her story hold or can their solicitor, Robert Blair, prove the girl a liar? No 85 Frost at Christmas by R. D. Wingfield 2 cassettes read by David Jason Ten days to Christmas, and on a bitter December afternoon eight-year-old Tracy Uphill goes missing. Detective Inspector Jack Frost, Denton Police Force‘s scruffiest officer, knows they only have a limited time to find her, and he‘s also got to nursemaid Detective Constable Clive Barnard, whose uncle just happens to be the Chief Constable. Then the bodies start to pile up and a crime committed many years before leads a murderer to kill again. 27
No 85L The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth 16 Cassettes Read by John Franklyn Robbins Mike Martin is an S A S man sent in to Iraq on a most dangerous assignment of his life: find and destroy the weapon that has the potential to rain hideous death on the allies. No 86 His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2 cassettes read by Martin Shaw We present four of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, from the en of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, giving further proof of the master detective‘s great powers. No 87 Managing my Life My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson 2 cassettes read by the author In 1986 Alex Ferguson was appointed manager of Manchester United, the most glamorous football club in the world. He is now a legend in his lifetime and has been honoured with a knighthood for his achievements. Since 1990, following two precarious seasons, Alex Ferguson has brought one success after another to the club. Under his leadership Manchester United have had five league championship wins and four FA Cup wins; they‘ve won the European Cup Winners‘ Cup, the European Super Cup, and now in 1999, the European Cup to complete a unique treble. No 87L The New Collected Short Stories by E M Forster 8 Cassettes read by Charles Kay By the author of a passage to India and Room with a view, these short stories are amusing, profound, light hearted, mysterious, wise and witty. Forster was a master of the art. This 28
recording of his short stories represents the most comprehensive collection available. No 88 Neither here nor there by Bill Bryson 2 Cassettes read by Mike McShane From the remote Hammerfest in the far north to the clamour of Istanbul in the east. Bill Bryson brings you his unique brand of humour as he travels in search of Europe. No 89 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 2 cassettes read by Kerry Shale Bill‘s funny account of his journey back to his roots in a Small-town USA. No 90 Women‘s Hour 3 2 cassettes read by Penelope Wilton and
others Twelve more of the very best short stories broadcast on Women‘s Hour over the last few years, all broadly linked by a wry, witty or humorous view of life. Joyce Grenfell Request the Pleasure 2 Cassettes read and written by Joyce Grenfell No one can resist a Joyce Grenfell monologue. Her reading of her autobiography proves equally captivating. With great charm and much humour she tells the fascinating story of her life. No 92 Northanger Abbey by 2 cassettes read by Catherine Morland enjoys a romance in this delightful marriage. Jane Austen Joanna Lumley taste of gothic comedy of love and No 91
No 92L Charles Dickens & Other Essays by George Orwell 3 Cassettes unabridged narration by Patrick Tull A shinning reflection of Orwell‘s intelligent, often violent opinions on contemporary life in Europe. No 93 The Jungle Book – Selected Stories by Rodyard Kipling 2 cassettes read by Tony Robinson These classic tales of a boy growing up in the jungle are filled with adventure and excitement. Young Mowgli, the orphan-boy, wanders naked into the lair of a pack of wolves and is brought up by them. He learns the law of the jungle from his animal companions, in particular Baloo the bear and Bagheera the Black Panther. On the day that he kills the evil tiger, Shere Khan, however, Mowgli is no longer thought of as the ‗little naked cub‘ but as a young man. No 93L Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence 4 Cassettes read by Paul Copley Insulter and neglected by her husband, a brutal hard-drinking miner, Gertrude Morel pours her abundant affection on to her children. Paul, her second son, is an aspiring artist who pities his sensitive mother and hates his father. But Paul‘s relationship with his mother is strained to breaking point when he meets Miriam. Torn between the jealous love of two women Paul must break free from the emotional maelstrom around him. No 94 A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer 2 cassettes read by the author 30
From childhood, Dave was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games with her son‘s life. Millions around the world read the bestselling first two volumes of Dave pelzer‘s memoirs A Child Called ‗It‘ and The Lost Boy and know that Dave survived the most severe example of sustained child abuse in the history of California. A Man Named Dave is the gripping conclusion to his inspirational trilogy. With extraordinary generosity of spirit, Dave takes us on his journey confronting his past. No 94L Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore 2 cassettes read by Ray Brooks No 95 Maigret‘s Pipe by Georges Simenon 2 cassettes read by Geoffrey Hutchings Five short stories are presented here and, between them, Maigret shows the various sides of his character – Knowledge of the Paris criminal world, toughness, deduction and a wry sense of honour. No 96 Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 2 Cassettes read by Martin Shaw An immediate success when it was first published in 1974, Tomas Hardy‘s ‗pastoral tale‘ of the wilful and capricious Bathsheba Everdene, her three suitors – the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak, the lonely widower Farmer Boldwood, and the dashing but faithless Sergeant Troy – and the tragic consequences of her eventual choice remains one of the most enduring and popular English novels.
No 96A Far From the Madding Crows by Thomas Hardy 2 cassettes read by Julie Christie No 97 Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 2 cassettes read by john Heard The dinosaur is back on earth – alive, mow, n Michael Crichton‘s Jurassic Park. This story, told with an almost documentary accuracy, is an account of the attempt, through a hair-raising twenty-four hours on a remote jungle island, to avert a global emergency – a crisis triggered by today‘ headlong rush (virtually unchecked by an government or scientific watchdogs) to commercialise genetic engineering. Of all his superb scientific thrillers Jurassic Park is in every way the strongest. No 98 The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter 2 cassettes read by Roy Marsden The body of Joanna Franks was found at Duke‘s Cut on the Oxford Canal at about 5.30am on Wednesday 21st June 1859. At around 0.15am on a Friday morning in 1989 the body of Chief Inspector Morse (though very much alive) was removed to Oxford‘s John Radcliffe Hospital. Treatment for a perforated ulcer was later pronounced successful. As Morse begins his recovery he comes across an account of the investigation and trial which followed Joanna Franks‘ death and becomes convinced that the two men who were hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks were innocent. No 99 Maigret Investigates by Georges Simenon 2 cassettes read by Geoffrey Hutchings Once again Geoffrey Hutchings excels in his readings from the collection of short stories 32
under the general heading of Maigret‘s Pipe. These stories are typical of the craftsmanship of the author Georges Simenon where not a word is wasted, or added simply for gloss. No 100 The Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie 2 cassettes read by Christopher Lee The Witness for the Prosecution and other stories from the ‗Hound of Death‘. No 101 Heartbeat – Constable Across the Moors by Nicholas Rhea 2 cassettes read by William Simons ‗You remain here, Rowan… This is a task for a mature officer. It needs the skill of someone with deep experience and an understanding of the human mind. Observe my approach, Rowan, and learn by my manner‘ So Sergeant Blaketon instructs Constable Nick Rowan, at his side once again tackling local mischief in another colourful tale of Yorkshire village life for Nick and his doctor wife, Kate. No 102 Vanity Fair by William Thackeray 2 Cassettes read by Edward Petherbridge Set against the background of the Napoleonic War, Vanity Fair follows the contrasting fortunes of two young women, Amelia Sedley and Becky Sharp, who go out into the world together, but whose lives take very different courses. No 103 Heartbeat – Constable on Call by Nicholas Rhea 2 cassettes read by Niamh Cusack Though they have both opted for careers far from the city smoke, even amidst the calm of
the York Moors the lives of PC Rowan an his doctor wife are never less than eventful. No 104 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy 2 Cassettes read by Alan Bates (see also No 731L The story of Michael Herchard, who, despite his great wealth and power cannot escape the ―persistence of the unforeseen‖. No 105 The daughters o Cain by Colin Dexter 2 cassettes read by Kevin Whately The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. Yet he Thames Valley police have no weapon, no suspect, no motive. However, within days of taking over the investigation, Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life an death of one Dr Felix McClure, late of Wolsey College, Oxford. No 106 The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie 2 cassettes read by Joan Hickson When Raymond West, a young writer is entertaining friends they decide that each should tell a story of a mystery without revealing the answer so that the others can try to guess the outcome. It is felt that with their combined skills and variety of individual experience, they will be able to solve the problems presented. No 107 The Bridge on the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle 2 cassettes read by Robert Hardy The Bridge on the River Kwai is the story of a resolute British officer who, when captured by 34
the Japanese, drives his own men in intolerable conditions to build a railway bridge in the jungle for their Japanese captors. No 108 Miss Marple‘s Final Cases by Agatha Christie 2 cassettes read by Joan Hickson The lady from St. Mary Mead is back. She requires all her powers of detection to solve her final six mysteries. No 109 Betrayal by Clare Francis 2 cassettes read by David Rintoul For businessman Hugh Wellesley, the violent waking nightmare begins with the sparse report in the morning newspaper. A woman‘s body recovered from the River Dart in Devon…identified as that of Sylvie Mathieson…the corpse stabbed and bound. Should he admit that she had once been his lover? Or let others discover the truth for themselves? Sylvie had always been exotic, unconventional, alluring. Now with her death comes an unexpected betrayal – as another truth emerges which will take even Hugh by surprise. No 110 The Spy Who came in from the Cold by John Le Carré 2 Cassettes read by John Le Carré With this superb classic novel of suspense, Le Carré changed the rule of the game. His story is one of the last breathlessly perilous assignments for the agent who wants to end his career of espionage to come in from the cold. No 111 Women in Love by D H Lawrence 2 Cassettes read by Juliet Stevenson The ―Women in Love‖ are sisters, Ursula and Gudrun who live in a Midlands colliery town. 35
Ursula, a teacher, is in love with Rupert Birkin but he is involved in an un-satisfactory affair with another woman. However, Rupert and Ursula eventually marry and their relationship develops into genuine tenderness and fulfilment. No 112 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 4 Cassettes read by Patricia Hodge No 112A Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 2 Cassettes read by Patricia Hodge The story of Mrs Bennet‘s attempt to marry off her five daughters is probably one of the bestloved and most enduring classics in English literature, and Elizabeth and Darcy amongst Jane Austen‘s finest creations. No 112B Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 2 cassettes read by Celia Johnson No 113 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 2 cassettes read by Penelope Wilton Jane begins life penniless and plain: an unlikely romantic heroine, but she is as indomitable in spirit as she is frail in appearance. The relationship with Rochestr intensifies, until she is forced to choose between the desires of hr heart and the demands of a ―moral‖ society. No 113a Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 2 cassette dramatisation No 114 Royal Flush by Lynda LaPlante 3 cassettes read by Hugh Fraser Edward de Jersey, an immensely wealthy man, owns a successful racing yard and sets high hopes on his magnificent colt Royal Flush winning the Derby. But de Jersey‘s luck runs out when his trusted adviser invests his 36
fortune in a fledgling internet company that crashes, leaving him with mounting debts. In danger of losing everything, de Jersey resurrects his criminal past and attempts to pull off the most audacious robbery in history. No 115 The best of ―Victoria Wood as seen on TV.‖ 2 Cassettes written by and staring Victoria Wood For absolutely the first time - Victoria Wood has assembled some of her closest friends on cassette for you to cherish. Staring Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Susie Blake and Patricia Routledge. No 116 Victoria Wood Encore 2 Cassettes written and read by Victoria Wood. Tons of awards winning comedy (as seen on TV) from the brilliant Victoria Wood and lots of other people, some of whom are still in work. No 117 Stand up Jim Davidson 1 Cassette ……. for adults No 118 Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy 2 Cassettes read by Kate Binchy Compassionate, and delightful, this is the magnificent story of two turbulent years in the lives of two women. No 119 The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher 2 Cassettes read by Lynn Redgrave Shell Seekers is a tale of connection from one generation to the next, of the parent that lives in child, and of the past that come to represent the future.
No 120 Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher 2 Cassettes read by Lynn Redgrave Caroline Cliburn was to be married soon, and yet she suspected that gratitude was the wrong reason to become the bride. No 121 Simisola by Ruth Rendell 2 cassettes read by George Baker ―We‘re all racist in this country‖ said Wexford. ―Without exception. People over forty are the worst and that‘s about all you can say.‖ But until he became involved with the Akandes, whose daughter had gone missing. No 122 Wild Horses by Dick Francis 2 cassettes read by Michael Maloney No 122L Wild Horses by Dick Francis 8 Cassettes read by Tony Britton Valentine, a blind confused old man on his deathbed, seeking his peace with God, makes his last confession to a visiting friend, Thomas Lyon, mistaking him for a priest. This puts Thomas in a moral dilemma. Wild horses wouldn‘t drag from a priest the secrets of the confessional. No 123L A Wild Justice by Craig Thomas 12 Cassettes read by Stephen Thorne In one of the most hostile and lawless places in the Russian Federation, Novyy Urengoy, an American gas company executive is found dead. Alexei Vorontsyev, chief of detectives, is unlikely to solve the crime. In Washington, the chief executive of the Gas Company and his wife are found murdered. No 124 Faith by Len Deighton
8 Cassettes read by Paul Daneman Its 1987 and Bernard Samson must fly to the grim streets of Magdeburg and the closely guarded sanctum of the secret police apparatus. Very soon, he finds himself in a shoot-out with Stasi agents on a dark country road in East Germany. No 125L Triple by Ken Follett 10 Cassettes read by Terrence Hardiman In November 1947, five men were together at a party in Oxford: a Cockney Jew, recovering from the horrors of the Nazi prison camp, an American friend, a Professor, a Russian and an Arab each were unaware of the part they would play in each others life long after the day was forgotten. No 126 Shattered By Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by Martin Jarvis When jockey Martin Stukely dies following a fall he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a search for stolen video tape. No 127 Whisky Galore By Compton Mackenzie 8 Cassettes read by Ken Stott When the S.S. Cabinet Minister carrying fifty thousand cases of the golden liquor strikes a reef, its whisky galore for the islanders of the Outer Hebrides. No 128L The Rain Maker by John Crisham 14 cassettes read by William Dufris Rudy Baylor‘s world collapses when the law firm he was to join is taken over. But soon, fighting a case against an insurance company, Rudy finds himself facing the very legal firm whose take-over cost him his job, in a trial which threatens to blow the lid off one of the biggest cases of corporate fraud in American 39
history. He is one young man against a battery of lawyers, and his opponents will do anything to stop him. No 129A Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 2 cassettes read by Sir John Gielgud (see also No 735L) No 129L Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 10 cassettes read by Jeremy Irons (se also No 735L) Charles Ryder‘s friendship with the charming, irrepressible Sebastian Flyte and his equally charming, eccentric family begins when they are both Oxford undergraduates in 1923. Carefree days of drinking champagne and driving in the country soon end however as Sebastian‘s health deteriorates and questions about morality and religion are raised – the radiant tone gives way to a bleak atmosphere of shattered illusion. This is Evelyn Waugh‘s most romantic and controversial work. No 130L Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson 10 Cassettes read by Peter Marinker On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in the Puget Sound, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with coldblooded murder. It is 1954 and the shadow of World War II, with its brutality abroad and interment of Japanese Americans at home hangs over the courtroom. No 131 Man And Boy by Colin Buchanan 2 Cassettes read by Colin Buchanan a fabulously engaging and exiting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard way.
No 132 Bring Me Sunshine by Morecombe and Wise 2 cassettes No 133 When Eight Bells Toll By Alistair Maclean 2 Cassettes read by Anthony Valentine Secret Service agent Philip Calvert hunts a ruthless gang who are pirating shipments of gold bullion off the Coast of Scotland. No 134 The White House Connection By Jack Higgins 2 Cassettes read by Julian Glover Senator Michael Cohan is a member of an extremist organisation dedicated to hijacking the Irish peace process. Jack berry, Britain‘s most wanted terrorist, is the head of this organisation, whose connections extend to the Oval office. No 135 Blood Sport By Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by Martin Jarvis Keeble introduces Hawkins to Dave Teller, a man who has been unlucky with horses. Out of three part-owned, two have gone missing and one has been found dead. No 136 Slay-Ride by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by Martin Jarvis Bob Sherman has disappeared from Oslo racecourse and a day‘s takings from the turnstiles have gone with him. Neither the British nor the Norwegian police can find him… No 137 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2 cassettes 4 classic stories with Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson 41
No 138 The Summons by John Grisham 4 Cassettes Read by Kerry Shale With the end in sight, Judge Atlee issues a summons for both his sons to return home to Clanton. Ray reluctantly heads south to his home town, to the place he grew up, which he would rather not return. But the family meeting does not take place. No 139 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 2 cassettes read by John Carson A Tale of Two Cities is Charles Dickens‘ famous tale set against the background of the French Revolution. Doctor Manette, his devoted daughter Lucie and the young French aristocrat Charles Darnay are memorable characters etched by the skilful pen of Dickens, but above all the others rises the reckless Sidney Carton, whose selfless love makes him one of literature‘s great heroes. No 140 Isle of Dogs by Patricia Cornwell 2 cassettes read by Lorelei King Newly installed superintendent of the Virginia State Police, Judy Hammer, and her right hand and confident, Andy Brazil, are at their wits, end trying to protect the public from the politicians – ad vice versa. And amid the mayhem, an island off the coast of Virginia declares UDI – claiming its independence lies in the history of America‘s first settlers, those who set sail from London‘s Isle of Dogs in1607. No 141 The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters 2 Cassettes read by Derek Jacobi Pilgrims are gathering from far and wide to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the translation of Saint Wilfred‘s bones to the 42
Benedictine Abbey at Shrewsbury. In distant Winchester, a Knight, Supporter of the Empress Maud, has been murdered. No 142 Winston S. Churchill My Early Life 2 Cassettes read by Robert Hardy One of the classic autobiographies, Winston‘s early life is a lively and colourful account of a young man‘s quest for action, adventure and danger No 143 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P. D. James 2 Cassettes by a BBC full cast Mark Calender, twenty-one years old and in his final year at Cambridge, leaves without warning and takes a job as a gardener. Eighteen days later he is found hanging by the neck. No 144 The Trials of Rumpole by John Mortimer 2 cassettes read by Leo McKern Horace Rumpole is back! Leo McKern, who was Rumpole in the well known Thames Television series, reads two stories from John Mortimer‘s second volume about the life and trials of that eccentric barrister famous for his infinite knowledge of blood stains, blood groups and forgery by typewriter. No 145 The Tales of the Old Gamekeepers by Brian P. Martin 2 Cassettes read by Brian Martin Listeners to these tales will be both spellbound and envious as the gamekeeping‘s elder statesmen tell in their own words of the unspoilt countryside, now lost forever; of
hedgerows teeming with partridges and glades ablaze with wild flowers. No 146 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark 2 Cassettes read by Geraldine McEwan Jean Brodie, a teacher with advanced and unconventional ideas that put her at odds with the other members of staff at the Marcia Blaine School in Edinburgh, endeavours to shape the lives of the select group of girls who form her set. No 147 Pemberley (the sequel to Pride & Prejudice) by Emma Tennant 2 Cassettes read by Juliet Stevenson Emma Tennant‘s has the Bennets, the Bingleys and Lady Catherine de Bough for Christmas at Pemberley. No 148 Crisis Four by Andy McNab 2 Cassettes read by Jack Davenport Nick Stone was ex SAS now a K working for British Intelligence on deniable operations, is tough, resourceful, ruthless, and highly trained – a master of his trade. Sarah is beautiful, steel willed, intelligent, cunning the only women stone let under his guard. A story of mystery which is full of twists and turns. No 149 Driving Force by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read By Nigel Havers Freddie Croft, retired steeplechase jockey, runs a fleet of motor horse boxes transporting runners to races. One of the hard and fast rules is never to pick up hitchhiker. But of course one day one of his drivers does, and by the time he reaches his base the passenger is
dead, leaving Freddie not only fighting to save his business but also his life. No 150 Dead Cert by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read By James Fox Three jockeys were warned not to win their races. Someone wanted good riders turned into also-rans. Bill died when the sure footed Admiral fell, Joe was scared rotten and Alan York became the prime target of a vicious gang. No 151 Proof by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes performed by a BBC cast An empty horse Box careers into a marquee full of racing people celebrating the end of a successful flat season. Moments later eight lie dead in a tangle of poles and canvas. No 152 Dad‘s Army 2 & 3 by Jim Perry & David Croft 4 Cassettes Performed by some of the cast No 153 Lovejoy, Paid and Loving Eyes by Jonathan Gash 2 Cassettes read By Ian Mc Shane With business slow in the antiques trade, Lovejoy makes ends meet by driving for Gazza‘s Tryste Services. But he gets no peace from bejeweled rich types demanding advice on antiques. Fleeing to France he‘s let loose in the biggest spending spree ever. A kaleidoscope of antiques pass before his eyes as he worries about drug crazed minders, his militaristic boss and a female smuggler who he‘s accidentally slept with. No 154 Women‘s Hour Short Stories 2 2 Cassettes read By Various People
12 of the best short stories by women writers from the popular radio programme. No 155 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy 2 Cassettes read by Michael Pennington The kiss was the turning point in Jude‘s career. In his passion for Sue he could now stand as an ordinary sinner, and not as a whited sepulchre. No 156 A Dark Devotion by Clare Francis 2 Cassettes read by Lindsay Duncan The Norfolk mashes, a winter storm, a woman is missing, a beautiful and virtuous women with no enemies. Alexandra O‘ Neal, lawyer to petty criminals, is drawn back to the village where she grew up to help Will Dearden find his wife. No 157 The Partner by John Grisham 4 Cassettes read by Michael Beck They kidnapped him in Brazil. He had changed his name and his appearance, but they were sure they had their man. No 158 Monsoon by Wilbur Smith 2 Cassettes read by Tim Pigott-Smith It is dawn of the eighteenth century. At the farthest edges of the known world, the mighty Honourable East India Company suffers near catastrophic losses from pirates on the high seas. No 159 A Mad World, My Masters by John Simpson 2 cassettes read by John Simpson A Mad World, My Masters his second autobiographical writing, is a celebration of some of the worlds wilder places and unusual characters that inhabit them. Simpson transports his readers on a world tour that includes dodging guerrillas at cocaine market 46
in South Colombia and filming under cover in Lebanon. No 160 Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn 2 cassettes read by Gervase Phinn Over Hill and Dale accompanies Gervase Phinn during his second year as a school inspector in North Yorkshire. Some of the wonderful characters, from Mrs Savage (by name and nature) to the endearing school governor Lord Marrick. No 161 Good Wives by Louisa M Alcott 2 cassettes read by Gayle Hunnicutt The continuing story of the March family begun in Little Women is an enduring tribute to feminine strength and independence. This moving story of how the four ―little women‖ of the March family cope with life, love and death during the last days of the Civil War comes alive for a new generation in the spectacular Columbia film. No 162 Let it Shine by Josephine Cox 2 cassettes read by Carole Boyd Ada Williams once believed money would bring her happiness. But now, she is all alone in the world except for her greedy, bitter son Peter, who despises her and waits only for the day he will inherit her fortune. Ada, however, has a different plan altogether. Just a few miles away in Blackburn, the Bolton family may be poor – but the love they share means they can overcome almost any adversity But no one could foresee the shocking events of Christmas night, 1932, which split the family asunder, leaving young Larry crippled and the twins, Ellie and Betsy in a foster home.
Events that began many years ago, when Ada Williams was young and foolish No 163L The Fourth Estate by Jeffery Archer 14 Cassettes read by Nigel Anthony At first glance, Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend seemed to have little in common. One was a thief, a hustler and son of an illiterate peasant. The other was a scion of a well-known family, groomed for a public role from his earliest years. One craved wealth, the other discovered that real power comes from anonymity………..both were gamblers. No 164 A Passionate Man by Joanna Trollope 8 Cassettes read by Eleanor Bron Archie Logan a country doctor, and his wife Liza lead an orthodox life and everything is well until Archie‘s father. A widower for thirty years falls in love. His choice, a woman of powerful charm, has a profound effect on all the Logans. No 165 Put out more Flags by Evelyn Waugh 6 Cassettes read by Michael Maloney What happened to the characters of decline and fall (1928) and vile bodies (1930) when the Second World War broke out? This shows them adjusting to the social pattern of the times. No 166 Next of Kin by Joanna Trollope 2 Cassettes read by Patricia Hodge. Dairy farmer Robin Meredith has just buried his Californian wife, Caro, who had remained a mystery to the family, with Caro gone, her adopted daughter Judy feels cut adrift. To Robins brother, Joe, Caro had been emblem of
freedom he‘d glimpsed in America and his grief is far deeper then the family suspects. No 167 Other Peoples Children by Joanna Trollope 8 Cassettes read by Clare Higgins By 2010 there will be more stepfamilies then birth families in Britain, a fact which only emphasises the importance of Joanna Trollope‘s intelligent scrutiny. Her new novel concerns that expanding unit, the stepfamily, and explores the myths, the truths and difficulties of trying to deal with the present and past relationships and above all other people‘s children. No 168 Double Take by Eleanor Bron 8 Cassettes read by the author. Bella Provan is one of the theatre world‘s high flyers. Beautiful, young and talented, she seems destined for greatness. When she joins Donald Ballader‘s New Company, her reputation for cool reserve precedes her, but she confounds all expectations including her own by embarking on a passionate love affair. No 169 The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy 4 Cassettes Read by Kate Binchy By a school house at Shancarrig stands a copper beech, its bark scarred with names and dreams of pupils who have grown up under its branches. This tree is the gateway to Maeve Binchy‘s portrait of a small town in rural Southern Ireland from the 1930s to the 1980s. Shancarrig‘s untroubled surface conceals the passions, rivalries, friendships, ambitions and jealousies beneath. No 170 Enigma by Robert Harris 4 Cassettes read by Alan Howard 49
March 1943, the war was in the balance, and at Blechley Park a brilliant young code breaker is facing a double nightmare. The Germans have unaccountably changed their U-boat Enigma code, threatening a massive allied defeat. No 171 Quentins by Maeve Binchy 4 Cassettes read by Kate Binchy Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about Quentins, the renowned Dublin restaurant that has captured the spirit of a generation and city in the years it has been open. After all, every table has thousands of stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal, revenge, hope and despair. No 172 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier 2 Cassettes read by Trevor Eve After her mother‘s death, May Yellon left the friendly shores of the Belford River to go live with her mother‘s sister at Jamaica Inn, where her uncle was the landlord. She first sensed something was wrong when the coachman looked uncomfortable about her destination. No 173 Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis 2 Cassettes read by Tom Courtney Surrounded by ‗Merrie England‘ enthusiasts, bearded artists and inaccessible girls, Jim Dixon struggles unsuccessfully to survive his first job as a junior history lecturer in this popular comedy classic. No 174 A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi Star of the ITV adaptation, Derek Jacobi, reads three vintage tales of intrigue and treachery which show how the popular monk came to join the Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is once again at the height of his sleuthing form, with 50
the vividly evoked Shropshire backgrounds and warm understanding of the frailties of human nature that have made Ellis Peters an international bestseller. No 175 Stone Cold by John Francome 2 cassettes read by Simon McCorkindale It was only a horse race, but it could make Kelly Connor‘s reputation. Unfortunately, there was more riding on Pendero‘s back at Ascot than a young jockey‘s career. There was the biggest gamble in the eventful, unsavoury life of trainer Harry Short. There was the decadent livelihood of Ibn Fayoud, the rich playboy son of an Arab sheikh. And for Jack Butler, the suave and successful bookmaker, there was the sweetest, most dangerous deal imaginable. No 176 Plough the Furrow by Margaret Dickinson 2 cassettes read by Susan Jameson Lincolnshire, 1910. Shunned by her own family, desperate for work an a place to stay, Esther Everatt walks through the night to Sam Brumby‘s farm, seeking the chance to earn her keep. Reluctantly, the old man takes her on. Able to work alongside any man, Esther soon earns Sam‘s grudging respect and attention, and at last feels she has found a home she can call her own. But her peace and security are cruelly shattered when old Sam dies: as a woman she has no right to inherit the lease on the farm. Believing that her passion lies solely with the land and a place of her own, Esther prepares to risk everything to secure her future – seeking marriage with a local farm-hand. But as war 51
arrives to dash the hopes of a generation, Esther begins to discover that it is only the truest of love that can survive the passing of seasons. No 177 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 2 Cassettes read by Peter Egan The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde‘s only novel, was published in 1891. No 178L Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell 7 cassettes read by Sean Barrett One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he expects is a routine call out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a blood bath. An old man has been tortured and beaten to death; his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. The woman supplies Wallander with his only clue: the perpetrators may have been foreign. When this is leaked to the press, it unleashes racial hatred. No 179 Rumpole á la carte by John Mortimer 2 cassettes read by Leo McKern Dirty deeds in a fashionable London diner send the irrepressible pillar of the British legal system, the cigar smoking Horace Rumpole, to the hallowed portals of the Old Bailey. Our Defender of the Faith encounters an array of old darlings including Mr. Justice ―Ollie‖ Oliphant and Mr. ―Injustice‖ Graves, while familiar characters such as She Who Must Be Obeyed and the Erskine-Browns also play their parts. 52
No 180L Fearless by Rafael Yglesias 8 cassettes read by William Dufris Max Klein and Carla Fransisea have nothing in common. He is Jewish, she is Catholic. He‘s richer, she‘s poorer. His child is ten, hers is two. They both live in New York – but nowadays you can be within touching distance and still never meet. Max and Carla were within touching distance on a DC-10 travelling to Los Angelos – until the plane, and their lives, were blown apart. In the months that follow, Max and Carla each struggle with their burdens of survival, along with the pain of loss and the guilt of living. They must make sense of their relationships with husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, for they have a second chance to get it right. No 181L The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 4 cassettes read by Peter Emmens No 182L Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 4 cassettes read by Andrew Sachs No 183 Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott 2 cassettes A Radio 4 dramatisation of the timeless classic It is New England and the Civil War rages on. With their loving father away at the front, times are particularly difficult for the March women left at home. Yet despite their hardships the ‗little women‘ – Mog, Jo, Amy and Beth never lose faith, remaining ever cheerful with a generosity of spirit to warm even the coldest of hearts. 53
No 184 The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2 Cassettes read by Tony Britton No 185 Moby Dick by Herman Melville 2 Cassettes read by George Kennedy Epic adventure and psychological drama weave an inevitable course towards a final tragic confrontation between man and nature. No 186 The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo 2 Cassettes read by Sir Anthony Quayle Quasimodo is perhaps the most unlikely hero in classic fiction. Rippled and deformed from birth, he is adopted b a young priest and grows up to be the bell-ringer at Notre Dame. The Cathedral is the only home he has ever known and apart from the priest, he is friendless in the world. There is no love in Quasimodo‘s live – until one day a young gypsy girl appears in the city. No 187 The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer 2 Cassettes read by Prunella Scales & Martin Starkie Chaucer‘s The Canterbury Tales is one of the great literary achievements of the Middle Ages. Begun about 1386, it is a collection of diverse tales told by a group of travellers on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Tomas a‘ Becket at Canterbury. No 188 The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2 Cassettes read by James Mason The Lost World is ―an account of the recent amazing adventures of Professor E. Challenger, 54
Lord John Roxton, Professor Summerlee and Mr. Ed Malone of the ‗Daily Gazette.‘‖ In a remarkable expedition led by Professor Challenger, the team of adventurers set out to explore an isolated plateau rising above the Amazon jungle where dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters together with primitive ape-men make the Lost World a terrifying yet exciting experience. No 189 Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak 2 cassettes read by Paul Schofield Doctor Zhivago has been described as ‗a poet‘s novel‘, for it is very fragmentary in its form. However the connecting images and episodes describe with great feeling the effect of the Russian Revolution on a variety of characters, but in particular on a sensitive young doctor. No 190 The Affair at the Victory Ball (and other stories) by Agatha Christie 2 Cassettes read by David Suchet The title story and four other stories feature some of the Hercule Poirot‘s assignments when he was becoming established as a private detective. No 191 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 2 Cassettes read by Kerry Shale. It is a superb children‘s adventure story which begins when Huck can stand no longer the restrictions of life with the widow Douglass or beatings from his drunken Pap, so he fakes his own death and escapes to the freedom of the Mississippi River. No 192 The Forsyte Saga: book one The Man of Property by John Galsworthy 2 Cassettes read by Sir Michael Hordern 55
In seeking to insulate themselves by property from reality and the disintegration of their class, the Forsytes are gradually blinded to the threats of social change. No 193 Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe 2 cassettes read by David Jason There‘s an ill wind blowing through the ancient halls of Porterhouse College. It brings Sir Godber, the new master, who wants to get rid of all the college‘s most revered institutions – including the inimitable Skullior the head porter. And it brings 144 inflated condoms. No 194 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 2 cassettes read by Daniel Massey Heathcliff was to serve as both Christian name and surname for the ragged dark-skinned child whom Mr. Earnshaw found abandoned in the streets of Liverpool and took home to live with his own children Cathy and Hindley – at Wuthering Heights. The stormy life of the mysterious Heathcliff – his love for Cathy and his relationships with the people who lived at Wuthering heights and at nearby Thrushcross Grange. No 195 Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer 2 Cassettes read by Paul Daneman Harvey Metcalfe a Boston businessman whose vast fortune was built on shady deals realised there was a killing to be made in the 1970‘s expanding North Sea Oil Business. He expertly organised a Dummy Corporation and within a few weeks had made himself a quick few millions. But he had conned the wrong men this time and four of them set out to steal back from Metcalfe exactly what they had lost.
No 196 A Matter of Honour by Jeffrey Archer 2 Cassettes read by Martin Jarvis. Should Adam Scott open the letter and discover what had caused his father to leave the regiment in disgrace. His mother begs him not to but the moment he does he realises his life can never be the same again. No 197 Shall we tell the President by Jeffrey Archer 2 Cassettes read by Ken Howard Can the impossible happen? Must the first woman President of the USA fall to an assassin?
No 199 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming 2 Cassettes read by Lionel Jefferies The well known story of the Magical Car and its exciting adventures No 200 A town Like Alice by Nevil Shute 2 Cassettes read by Leo McKern This is the story of a young woman‘s bravery, endurance and enterprise-not only in the Malaysian Jungles, but also in the Australian outback after 32 English Women and children were taken prisoner by the Japanese and forced to walk from village to village across Malaysia for 7 months in 1941. No 201 Kes by Barry Hines 2 Cassettes read by Colin Wetland Billy Casper‘s prospects were not bright. Life was hard in the mining town where he lived with his mother and his brother Jed. Billy was a loner, had no interest in school and didn‘t care what kind of job he would get when he left
school. His only interest was Kes the Kestrel hawk that he raised and trained from the nest. No 202 The Leopard Hunts in Darkness by Wilbur Smith 2 Cassettes read by Edward Woodward Best selling Author Craig Mellow returns to his native South Africa-supposedly to write a book on the country, but his real mission is far more dangerous. Here is a story of high adventure infused with a deep love for the people and wildlife of Africa. No 203 The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth 2 Cassettes read by Patrick Allen A platinum mountain in Africa means ten billion dollars, for whoever gets their first. No 204 Sharpe's Devil by Bernard Cornwall 2 Cassettes read by Sean Bean An adventure story in the classic tradition set in Napoleonic times which takes Richard Sharpe to St. Helena and Chile in a tale of loyalty, and treachery, secret scheming and daredevil exploits with bloody battles fought at sea and on land. No 205 The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 2 Cassettes read by Peter Jeffrey Published in 1878 the most concentrated of Hardy‘s Wessex Novels. The action takes place against the wild and sombre backdrop of Egdon heath. It is peopled with a host of vivid characters amongst them the wilful and passionate Eustacia Vye, the feckless Damon Wildeve, and the man who returns to Egdon after long years of absence, Clym Yeobright. No 206 Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton 58
2 Cassettes read by Ben Kingsley A story told with simplicity and compassion of a simple Zulu parson‘s search for his delinquent son in Johannesburg. No 207L The Darling Buds of May by H.E.Bates 4 Cassettes read by Bruce Montague Here they come, The Larkins, the family who have earned themselves a deserved place in popular mythology. Crashing their way through the English countryside in the wake of Pop, the quick-eyed, golden hearted junk dealer and Ma, with a mouthful of crisps and a laugh like a jelly. No 208L The Good Provider by Jessica Stirling 10 Cassettes read by Kara Wilson Kirsty Barnes and Craig Nicholson struggle to find security and happiness in the impoverished backstreets of Glasgow at the turn of the Century. Craig falls in with a gang of thieves and Kirsty meets David Lockhart, a trainee medical missionary with whom she starts to fall in love. Kirsty is bound, however, by loyalty to Craig and nothing can destroy the origins of her turbulent and tempestuous marriage. No 209 Richard Bolitho Midshipman by Alexander Kent 2cassettes read by Anthony Valentine It is October 1772, Richard Bolitho, a midshipman of four years standing is waiting in Portsmouth to join his new ship. The 74 gun ‗Gorgon‘. Her Captain has been ordered to the West Coast of Africa to ‗show the flag‘. Gorgon‘s ships‘ company soon find out that the enemy they encounter is just as ruthless and skilful as any who challenge the navy‘s authority. In this, chronologically, the first 59
book about Richard Bolitho the listener is introduced to the life and times of the men in ‗Nelson‘s Navy‘. No 210 The Best of BBC Comedy – The 50‘s 4 cassettes Eight hilarious 1950‘s shows. When in 1957, Prime Minister Macmillan declared that British people ‗have never had it so good‘, few realised he was referring to BBC radio comedy. Rightly so, too. This was indeed is golden age, with the likes o gormless Ron and dowdy Eth in The Glums (part of Take It From here), jovial Ted Ray, wooden doll Archie Andrews (ventriloquism on the radio…but it worked), the Kid Clitheroe, Bebe and Ben Lyon and the ‗right monkey‘ himself, Al Read. No 211 The Deceiver by Frederick Forsyth 4 Cassettes read by Charles Keating A provocative study of the changing face of espionage from the Cold War to the Gulf War. Rich in the detail and unparalleled insight only Frederick Forsyth, master of intrigue can deliver. No 212 The Day of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth 2 Cassettes read by George Sewell The Jackal, an anonymous Englishman, was a skilled assassin who came within an inch of destroying President De Gaulle of France and possibly changing the course of world history. An abridgement of Forsyth‘s brilliant novel. No 213 Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming 2 Cassettes read by Ian Ogilvy 60
James Bond in true 007 style is on the trail of Diamond smugglers from New York to the casinos of Las Vegas and the African Bush. No 214 Sleeping Cruelty by Lynda La Plante 2 Cassettes read by Bill Nighy When a political scandal erupts around wealthy entrepreneur Sir William Benedict he finds himself shunned by the socialites he once called his friends, his reputation in tatters. With the help of wild and enigmatic Justin Chalmers and his exquisite sister, Sir William‘s Island paradise will become the scene of his revenge. No 215 The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean 2 Cassettes read by Bob Peck Twelve hundred men are trapped on the Island of Keros during World War 2. Between them and safety lie the two massive guns of Navarone. A hand picked group of Allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission-to scale the massive rocks, infiltrate the Nazi held fortress and destroy the guns. No 216 River of Darkness by Rennie Airth 2 Cassettes read by Nathaniel Parker Detective Inspector Madden investigates the murders of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two of their staff. All the victims have been stabbed. Is robbery with violence? Is it the work of a Psychopath? No 217 Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky 2 Cassettes read by Kathy Bates Big business, mob muscle, and an unusual family passion are a volatile mixture that threatens to blow up in V.I Warshawski‘s face in a case that smells funny from the start – and as always she follows the scent. V.I. soon learns it is the rank stench of death in a trail of corruption that 61
begins when a prominent Chicago Banker hires V.I. to find a missing student. No 218 Solo by Jack Higgins 2 Cassettes read by Tim Piggott-Smith He had the skills of a supreme concert pianist but the mind of a cold blooded murderer. No 219 Tales of Mystery and Horror by Edgar Allan Poe 2 Cassettes read by Christopher Lee Five stories from the master teller of bizarre stories, the world of dim and sinister and characters touched by the effects of horror. ―The Frog‖, ―The Raven‖, The Masque of The Red Death, ―The Tell Tale Heart‖ and ―The Murders in the Rue Morgue‖. No 220 The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters 2 Cassettes read by Derek Jacobi The 12 Century monk Brother Cadfael turns detective again with a murderer to bring to justice after Brother Haluin confesses to being responsible, 18 years before, for the death of the girl he loved. No 221 Monk‘s Hood by Ellis Peters 2 Cassettes read by Derek Jacobi In exchange for keep for life for himself, his wife and two servants, Gervase Bonel assigned his manor of Mallilie to the Abbey of St. Peter & St Paul at Shrewsbury. But within too short a time Master Bonel was dying, poisoned by a concoction of Brother Cadfael's making. Whose hand did the deed and why? No 222 The Hermit of Eyton Forest by Ellis Peters 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi
England in 1142. In Oxford the Empress Maud is besieged by her rival for the throne, King Stephen. In Shrewsbury 10 year old Richard Ludel inherits his father‘s manor and his grandmother, Dame Dionisia, allows a hermit to take up residence on their land. And with the death of the brutal Drogo Bosiet, searching for his runaway serf, Brand, Brother Cadfael begins the search for a murderer and a motive. No 223 Sow the Seed by Margaret Dickinson 2 cassettes read by Susan Jameson Lincolnshire, 1926. Kate Hilton is devastated when her mother tells her she is to be sent away to boarding school. For the more Esther tries to keep her from her childhood sweetheart Danny, the more determined she is to marry him. It isn‘t until she is eighteen, and finally told the bitter truth about her family‘s past, that Kate is forced to see why she and Danny can never marry. No 224L The Body in the Billiard Room by H. R. F. Keating 6 cassettes narrated by Sam Dastor His Excellency Surinder Mehta MC summons Inspector Ghote, Bombay‘s favourite detective, to solve a mysterious murder at Octamacund‘s most prestigious club. Ghote is alarmed at being chosen for such a case and becomes increasingly worried as he realises Mehta, an avid reader of detective novels, has cast him in the role of the ―Great Detective‖ – a Poirot or a Sherlock Holmes. In classic detective-story style, conflicting with his more plodding instincts, Ghote establishes motive, method and suspects. No 225 True Crime by Martin Fido 2 cassettes read by the author Shady Ladies/Wicked Women 63
It‘s a wicked old world women find themselves sharing with men. Terms like ―whore‖ or ―slut‖ wickedly suggest that a woman whose indulgence of the sexual appetite is comparable with most men‘s has thereby forfeited her title to proper human respect. Our two actual commercial harlots, Starr Faithful and Robin Benedict, were both cruelly murdered. But public attention focussed on the ―respectable‖ men who had fallen to their wiles rather than on their sad fates. No 226 Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler 4 cassettes read by Ron McLarty It is July 2003 and the luxury cruise ship Emerald Dolphin is on her maiden voyage when she suddenly catches fire and sinks. NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt races to rescue passengers and investigate this shocking disaster, but he has no idea of the bizarre chain of events – both real and mythical – that are about to engulf him. At the end of it all, though many lives will be lost and many saved, it is Pitt‘s own life that will be changes for ever. No 227 Shadow over Babylon by David Mason 2 Cassettes read by Bob Peck When a Government Minister calls a prominent newspaper tycoon, who makes a few calls of his own before dying in mysterious circumstances, the plot to assassinate Sadam Hussein is under way. No 228 Hunting the Bismarck by C. S. Forester 2 cassettes read by Harry Andrews C. S. Forester‘s famous war story about the hunt for the deadly German battleship Bismarck, which threatened vital supply convoys in the North Atlantic. 64
No 229 Taken on Trust by Terry Waite 2 Cassettes read by Terry Waite An illuminating portrait of the man himself from his early days as the son of a humble village policeman to his dangerous role in Uganda, his time as an envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury and his involvement with Gaddafi and Oliver North plus of course the account of his survival at the hands of his Beirut kidnappers. No 230 My Gorgeous Life by Dame Edna Everage 2 Cassettes read by Dame Edna Everage The Life, The Loves ,the Legend here in 3 fascinating hours Dame Edna tells her own scorchingly intimate story. No 231 Day of Judgement by 2 cassettes read by It is June 1963 and the eye Kennedy‘s historic visit to Berlin. Jack Higgins Edward Woodward of President the divided city of
With the end of a renegade American, East German Intelligence has launched a plot that could trigger catastrophe or the free world. Father Sean Conlin, survivor of Dachau and lifelong apostle of Human freedom will be forced to make a public confession about is CIA past in the vital minutes when the whole world is watching. No 232 Ball of Fire by Fred Trueman 2 Cassettes read by Fred Trueman An abridged autobiography of a surprisingly emotional man with a warm sense of humour belying his somewhat gruff manner. You will learn much about the inside of first class cricket and hear how he was more sinned against 65
than a sinner as perhaps his legend would have us believe. No 233 Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. 2 Cassettes read by John Kani The abridged autobiography of the world‘s most significant leader since Mahatma Ghandi. No 234 To War with Whitaker 2 Cassettes read by Imogen Stubbs The Wartime diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly 1939 – 1945. Lord and Lady Ranfurly were happy go lucky and very much in love when war broke out. Dan Ranfurly with his faithful valet Whitaker was despatched to North Africa with the Yeomanry. When her beloved husband was taken prisoner Hermione Ranfurly bluffed and cajoled her way to the Middle East determined to stay there until they were reunited. No 235 Reach for the Sky by Paul Brickhill 2 Cassettes read by Tony Britton The story of Douglas Bader, hero of the Battle of Britain. No 236 633 Squadron by Frederick E. Smith 2 Cassettes read by Simon Ward The target was a fjord in Norway where the Germans were developing something so secret that not even the crews of the Mosquitoes which were to fly the mission could be told about it. The success operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe depended on the success of Mission Vesuvius. No 237 Immediate Action by Andy McNab 2 Cassettes read by the Author. 66
The true story of life in the SAS. No 238 Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell 2 Cassettes read by Christopher Timothy The story of Gavin Maxwell and his Iraq Otters at ‗Camusfearna‘, the cottage, miles away from anywhere, on the West Coast of Scotland. No 239 Lovejoy – The Very Last Gambado by Jonathan Gash 2 cassettes read by Leslie Grantham In the world of antiques it is the last great scam, the very last gambado – robbing the British Museum. Lovejoy is employed by a film company to advise on antiques and to devise a means of pulling off the ultimate robbery. It‘s all make-believe, of course – or is it? No 240 Full Circle by Michael 4 Cassettes read by the Author The much loved and acclaimed actor and writer in an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean. He travels by car, train, boat air and on foot through 18 countries and some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. No 241 Julian and Sandy 2 Cassettes starring Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Horne. A bona selection of sketches from BBC‘s Round the Horn. No 242 Bhowani Junction by John Masters 2 Cassettes - a BBC dramatisation Set in India in 1946 Bhowani Junction is a superb evocation of the tensions and conflicts at the birth of modern India, an intriguing saga of Empire and its aftermath.
No 243 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré 2 Cassettes a BBC dramatisation Starring Bernard Hepton as George Smiley who is called out of retirement to help dig out a Russian Mole buried deep within the bureaucracy of British Intelligence. Nobody captures the grey, civil service world of modern espionage better than Le Carré. No 244 The Navy Lark 2 Cassettes BBC Radio‘s classic comedy starring Ronnie Barker, Stephen Murray, Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips. No 245 Heartbeat – Constable on the Hill by Nicholas Rhea 2 Cassettes read by William Simons. Constable Nick rowan continues to learn about rural life confronted every moment by a new problem to solve in a Yorkshire village in the 1960‘s. No 246 Tinker‘s Pride by Nigel Tranter 2 cassettes read by James Bryce Tinker‘s Pride is a story of the power of wealth and privilege set against one man‘s pride in his native land. Told with an unrivalled understanding of the Scottish Highlands and their people, Nigel Tranter‘s evocative tale of West Highland life before the Second World War is both compelling and deeply moving. No 247 H.M.S. Pinafore & the Pirates of Penzance 2 Cassettes by Gilbert & Sullivan
Two of the famous operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan played and sung by The National Musical Company Orchestra and Chorus. No 248 The Skull Beneath the Skin by P. D. James 2 cassette dramatisation starring Greta Scacchi Combining the classic ingredients of a murder mystery with elements of horror, apparitions and hairbreadth escapes, The Skull Beneath the Skin creates a dark and claustrophobic atmosphere in a masterpiece of crime fiction. Detective, Cordelia Gray, is hired to accompany her to a private island where she is to star in the ‗Duchess of Malfi‘. In the gripping dramatisation the sharp-witted sleuth finds herself in the enclosed setting of a chilling country house on an island with a blood-stained history. Each of the house guests has a motive for murder – and one of them will kill. No 249 Jesus, The Son of Man by Kahlil Gibran 2 Cassettes read by Eve Matheson & Michael Pennington A fascinating and highly original account of Jesus‘ life from the viewpoint of his disciples and followers. No 250 While the Light Lasts by Agatha Christie 2 Cassettes read by Isla Blair A brand new collection of previously unpublished short stories by the Queen of Crime. No 251 Cold Light by John Harvey 2 cassettes read by Keith Barron Fighting off her boss‘s sexual advances at the Office party, Dana has lost her temper and 69
possibly her job. In the cold light of Christmas day it looks as though she has also lost her flatmate. In the New Year a tape arrives and Resnick and his colleagues realise they are dealing with a psychopath. No 252 A Time to Kill by John Grisham 2 Cassettes read by Michael Beck A ten year old girl‘s life is shattered by two drunken young men. When her black father takes justice into his own hands with a rifle, the town erupts with burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire as the nation sits spellbound while the young defence attorney Jack Brigance tries to save his clients and then his own life. No 253 The Hammer of Eden by Ken Follett 2 Cassettes read by Lorelei King Priest, hiding from his mobster past, fears the destruction of thirty year old commune. He has to make the Governor of California listen to him. He has a way. He knows how to create the thing that Californians fear the most, an earthquake. If his demands aren‘t met the next quake is just 48 hours away. No 254 the Loophole by Jeffrey Archer 2 Cassettes read by Nigel Havers All of these six short stories are told with Jeffrey Archer‘s consummate skill and all end with a Twist in the Tail. No 255 Dangerous to Know by Barbara Taylor Bradford 2 Cassettes read by Diana Quick When the American millionaire businessman and philanthropist Sebastian Locke is found dead, the coroner‘s verdict is suicide. But his former wife, Vivienne Trent, finds this hard to accept.
Her search for the truth about Sebastian‘s death leads her to discover dark family secrets. No 256 Light of the Moon by Elizabeth Buchan 2 Cassettes read by Lindsay Duncan. War torn France and a young English girl is parachuted in to help set up a Resistance network. A young German Officer invalided out of action is sent to help the forces ordered to track down and destroy any anti German activity. It was inevitable that Evelyn and Paul would meet leading to tragedy. No 257 The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 2 Cassettes read by Ralph Fiennes Set in 1945 The English Patient explores the lives of four very disparate war torn people, a young woman and three men who take refuge in a damaged villa north of Florence. In an upstairs room lies the badly burned English Patient. This is a breathtaking story of love and passion that twists through London blitz and bomb disposal through the mysterious often dangerous world of desert exploration. No 258 The Wings of the Dove by Henry James 2 Cassettes read by Prunella Scales Kate Croy seems to face a stark choice, to marry Merton Densher the impoverished journalist she loves and therefore break with her family or to marry lovelessly, but well, and take her rightful place in the society she loves. No 259L Looking for Trouble by Cath Staincliffe 6 cassettes read by Judith Boyd She‘s a single parent. A private eye. And liking it. Until, that is, Mrs. Hobbs turns up asking Sal Kilkenny to find her missing son. Sal‘s search takes her through the Manchester underworld, a world of deprivation and petty 71
theft, of well-heeled organised crime and ultimately, murder. Would she have taken on the job if she had known what she was getting into? Probably, because Sal is fired with the desire to see justice done, to avenge the death of a young lad whose only crime was knowing too much. No 260L Spring Collection by Judith Krantz 12 cassettes read by Liza Ross Spring Collection is an irresistible mixture of passion and intrigue, with an insider‘s knowledge of what actually takes place behind the scenes of the world of glamour. No 261L The Walpole Orange by Frank Muir 8 cassettes read by the author William Grundwick was a problem – in his capacity as secretary to the Walpole Club in St James‘ he is duty-bound to arrange whatever function the Events Committee decides is appropriate as celebration of the Clubs 25th anniversary. What they have decided seems to William inappropriate, worse still, he‘ not sure he knows what form such a function should tae, and on top of that, he can‘t even discuss it with his lovely young wife Milly. No 262L Wilt on High by Tom Sharpe 7 cassettes read by Stephen Thorne When the shadow of drug-dealing falls across the Fenland Tech, Henry Wilt becomes the target of suspicion for his colleagues, his old enemy Inspector Flint, and his formidable wife, Eva. What starts with an accusation of voyeurism in the staff lavatory escalates – with a little help from herbal remedies and police inquisitors – into a massive confrontation with the forces of aw and order, both civil and 72
military. Wit, as usual, finds himself in the middle, and the only possible way out is straight p. No 263L Michael Douglas by Alan Lawson 5 cassettes read by Steven Crossley Michael Douglas was born to be a successful film actor. The eldest son of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, he suffered the trauma of his parents divorce – a situation which was to have long-term effects on him. The author provides a fascinating insight into Michael Douglas – film star, successful businessman, husband and father – born on – and off-screen. He is a man who is struggling to step out of the giant shadow cast by his father, Kirk Douglas, has succeeded in surpassing him. This book is a must for every Michael Douglas fan. No 264L Pudd‘nhead Wilson by Mark Twain 4 cassettes read by Gore Newcombe Pudd‘nhead Wilson is Mark Twain‘s novel of satirical wit aimed at the injustices in the southern states of America in the mid1th century. It tells the story of two children, one born free, the other a slave. When the slaves mother, Romana, switches the infants in their cradles she is not the only one who lives to regret the action. No 265 Beyond Our Ken 2 2 Cassettes Starring all the original favourites and their characters.
The hilarious precursor to Round The Horne with Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee and Jill Day. No 266 Wallace and Gromit and the Lost Slipper 2 Cassettes by Tristan Davis & Nick Newman Performed by Peter Sallis and Gareth Armstrong the story revolves around Wallace‘s lost slipper and the Longlife Indoor Carpet Clog he invented to replace it. He and Gromit end up perfectly placed to explain why Stonehenge was built one million years BC (before cheese). No 267 Men Behaving Badly From the BBC 2 Cassettes starring Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Leslie Ash and Caroline Quentin. Four episodes from the 3rd series. No 268 Dickens‘ Women 2 Cassettes introduced and performed by Miriam Margoloyes. Straight from the West End via Radio four, a rich assortment of Dickens‘ finest females from Sarah Gamp to Miss Havisham not forgetting Little Nell. No 269 Jokes that Won the War 2 Cassettes featuring Max Miller, Flanagan and Allen, George Formby, Cyril Fletcher and many others. Hilarious Songs, Sketches and Comedy routines from World War 2. No 270 My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell 2 Cassettes read by Gerald Harper These two tapes are about the period in the thirties when the author, as a small boy, lived with his family in Corfu, and the wonder he
felt at the animals, birds and insects that he found there. No 271 Parcel Arrived Safely: Tied with String by Michael Crawford 2 Cassettes read by Michael Crawford This is the Star‘s life story told in his own inimitable style. By turns hilarious, revelatory and desperately sad. No 272 Murderers and Other Friends by John Mortimer 2 Cassettes read by John Mortimer With Wit, wisdom and tenderness John Mortimer, barrister and then creator of the hugely successful Rumpole Books, has written the second part of his life. No 273 Murder Being Once Done by Ruth Rendell 2 Cassettes read by George Baker In a vast gloomy, overgrown London Cemetery, a girl is found murdered. A girl with a name that isn‘t hers and little else that is. A girl with no friends, no possessions and no past. Chief Inspector Wexford‘s nephew Howard is leading the investigation but can Wexford who is on Doctor enforced rest resist taking a look at things? No 274 A Murder Coming by James Powell, Peter Robinson & John North 1 Cassette read by Jerry Orbach Three thrilling tales from the award winning anthology In Cold Blood. Tales of Revenge, The Perfect Murder and the terror of being falsely accused. No 275 Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley 2 Cassettes read by Paul Winfield
Los Angeles 1948. Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job. Now he is drinking in a friends bar when DeWitt Albright, a quietly vicious white man in a white linen suit walks in and offers Easy good money if he‘ll just do a little job for him; find Miss Daphne Monet, a beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs. It seems simple enough but Easy soon discovers that Albright isn‘t the only one looking for Daphne. No 276 No Comebacks by Frederick Forsyth 2 Cassettes read by Edward de Souza A selection of short stories within which live a wealth of characters you will not soon forget. From the manipulators to the manipulated, to the ultra rich capable of buying and selling human lives, to the every day man manoeuvred by circumstances into performing acts of deadly violence. No 277 The Triangle at Rhodes & The Incredible Theft by Agatha Christie 2 Cassettes read by Hugh Fraser Hercule Poirot: The Triangle at Rhodes concerns a lonely wife, the use of poison and a husband attracted to a lady on holiday in the Greek Islands with her 5th husband. The Incredible Theft gives us a dinner party, armaments, and Air Force Ministers, a son with gambling debts, a sensuous lady to whom men will tell all, missing plans, a figure running from the study and a ghost on the stairs. No 278 Winter Frost by R.D.Wingfield 2 Cassettes read by David Jason Detective Inspector Jack Frost‘s main concern is for the safety of missing eight year old schoolgirl Vicky Stewart. She hasn‘t been seen 76
for nine weeks. Another little girl from the same school is reported missing and found raped and strangled. Frost‘s prime suspect hangs himself in a police cell. No 279 Post Mortem by Patricia D. Cornwall 2 Cassettes read by Elizabeth McGovern A serial killer is on the loose. Three women have died brutalised and strangled in their own bedrooms. So when Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner is awakened at 2.33 she knows the news is bad and she will need to dig up some new forensic evidence. No 280 An April Shroud by Reginald Hill 2 Cassettes read by Warren Clark A Dalziel and Pascoe mystery revolving around Bonnie Fielding, the sudden demise of her second husband and the fact that her first husband died in murky circumstances. However Dalziel‘s feelings have been stirred by Bonnie‘s charms as she struggles to renovate Lake House and revive the family from penury. No 281 Birds of Prey by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Martin Shaw. It is 1667 and the mighty naval war between the Dutch and English still rages. Francis Courteney and his son Hal, in their fighting ship are on patrol off Southern Africa, lying in wait for a treasure laden galleon of the Dutch East India Company. They have a letter from Charles ll sanctioning them to hunt down and capture enemy ships ‗beyond the line‘. So begins a dramatic quest for adventure. No 282 For Kicks by Dick Francis 2 Cassettes read by William Gaminara Daniel Roke is wooed from his Australian stud farm to England by Lord October, a Steward of 77
the National Hunt Committee. His task is to infiltrate Lord October‘s stables in an attempt to uncover a suspected doping scam. His investigations may lead him to putting his own life at risk. No 283L Game, Set & Match 4 cassettes read by Jacqueline Quella, Andrew Hawkins & Peter Joyce A collection of stories from around the world. These stories from around the world are a celebration of men and women‘s greatest aspiration – to love and b loved. They will enchant and delight the listener but have also been specially selected for their ability to intrigue and perhaps shed some understanding on one of natures great enigmas. No 284 The Seventh Secret by Irving Wallace 2 Cassettes read by Paul Scofield A Russian museum curator acquires a painting of a public building with a baffling modification completed in1952: the artist-Adolf Hitler. A prominent historian is mysteriously killed while completing a biography of – Adolf Hitler. An American architect researching the Third Reich discovers plans for a seventh bunker. All pieces in a jigsaw which will reveal the Seventh Secret. No 286 An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde 2 Cassettes starring Derek Jacobi and Jane Lapotaire No 287 The Year at Thrush Green by Miss Read 2 Cassettes read by June Whitfield. The year at Thrush Green begins with snows reminiscent of Siberia, but as winter gives way 78
to a beautiful spring local dramas take hold of the village community. The illness of Mrs Peters, proprietor of the Fuchsia Bush makes the future uncertain for her staff: plans for the village fete are hotting up: Dottie Harmer is having problems with animals and persistent rumours concerning the old peoples home will not go away. No 288 Farewell to Fairacre by Miss Read 2 Cassettes read by June Whitfield Now that the village school has been saved Miss Read is looking forward to a few more years of teaching before her retirement. When her health lets her down, however, it seems that the decision has been taken out of her hands once more and she reluctantly leaves the school. Amid a flurry of gossip about her private life and the attentions of two admirers, Miss Read must make some very serious choices. No 289 A Peaceful Retirement by Miss Read 2 Cassettes read by June Whitfield A brief holiday in Florence, the continuing saga of Henry Mawne‘s marital problems, John Jenkins‘s attentions and persistent marriage offers and a growing interest in local history all crowd together to fill Miss Reads retirement from the village school despite her anticipation of a stream of lazy days. No 290 Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen 2 Cassettes read by Edward Asher A new novel that continues the hilarious and scathing muckraking tradition that Carl Hiaasen has made his own. When a ferocious hurricane rips through Southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste 79
no time swarming over the disaster area. Max and Bonnie abort their Disney honeymoon to race to Dade County. Armed with a video camera the young executive can‘t wait to show his hurricane tapes to his New York buddies. Wading through the debris and rubble Max vanishes. The only clue a runaway monkey. No 291 Burton at the BBC 2 Cassettes One of the most magical voices of the twentieth century in some of his most memorable recordings for the BBC. The spine tingling ‗Under Milk Wood‘. The heroic Roland in ‗The Dark Tower‘. Henry fifth on the eve of the battle of Agincourt, the gripping ‗Night Must Fall‘ No 292 Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser 4 Cassettes read by Lindsay Duncan Born in 1755, one of sixteen children of the empress of Austria, Mary Antoinette is still a controversial figure-as well as a celebrated one. She was despatched to France at age 14 to become the wife of Louis XVl and was eventually executed, by guillotine, in 1793. This is a sympathetic-but never uncritical-study by one of our finest biographers. No 293 Encore Provence by Peter Mayle 2 Cassettes read by John Nettles. This book by Peter Mayle completes the trilogy of his life and strange doings in Provence No 294 Lip Reading by Maureen Lipman 2 Cassettes read by Maureen Lipman. Not tested on animals, only family, Lip Reading is a collection of hilarious observations, memoirs and jottings from one of Britain‘s most entertaining women. 80
No 295L Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling 4cassettes read by John Chancer Harvey Cheyne, pampered son of an American millionaire, is swept overboard from the deck of a liner and picked p by a small fishing boat, one of several travelling the Grand Banks. He is rapidly confronted by the brash realities of life and comes to terms with himself amid the hard labour and morality of the redoubtable New England fishermen. Captains Courageous is a classic adventure yarn for both young and old. No 296L The Manitou by Graham Masterton 4 cassettes read by William Roberts Karen Tandy has a tumour, a strange unusual growth that baffles her doctors. She consults Harry Erskine, a ‗Quack‘ Clairvoyant. In a race against time and to prevent the arrival of one of the greatest ever spirits ever known, Harry battles against ‗The Manitou‘.
No 297 Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie 2 Cassettes read by Stanley Baxter. The Islanders of Great and Little Toddy thought they could cope with the situation of war-then the whisky ran out. Life became intolerable until fate delivered them a shipwreck with a cargo of whisky. No 298 The Englishman‘s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe 2 Cassettes read by Ken Kramer This award winning Canadian Novel tells the interwoven stories of a struggling Hollywood screenwriter and a young drifter known as ‗the Englishman‘s Boy‘. Spanning two centuries, two 81
continents and two very different views of history. The novel links the Hollywood of the roaring twenties and one of the most brutal events of the Canadian West – The Cypress Hills Massacre. No 299 Iced by Ray Shell 2 Cassettes read by the author and supporting cast. This immensely powerful debut novel takes the form of a diary written by a 44 year old crack addict. The diary, a rhythmic and gripping stream of consciousness, charts both the harsh realities of his grim present and the upheavals and excitements of his colourful past. He meets a host of enlightening and sometimes terrifying characters in his journey through life, No 300 Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo 2 Cassettes read by David Yip Sour Sweet explores the clans and conflicts of London‘s Chinatown in the Sixties, where the Chen family arrive wanting to succeed in the food and restaurant business. The comic is brilliantly combined with the frightening. No 301 How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan 2 Cassettes read by The Author Beautiful, capable Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, works as a high powered investment analyst and is the mother of eleven year old Quincy. She does everything from financial analysis to folding the laundry and she does it well. She rarely thinks about love and hasn‘t the time or the energy for involvement-or its more dangerous aspects.
But when she takes a spur of the moment to Jamaica, her world is rocked by a sensuous, alluring young man, Winston. Stella has reached a turning point in her life. No 302 Casualty – How it all began by Evan Christie 2 Cassettes read by Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead) The night shift on Holby‘s casualty ward is the front line of the NHS. Those who work on it must deal with all the naked pain of the cityfrom drunks and overdoses to the victims of tragic road accidents. This novel traces the characters and the dramas that have made ‗Casualty‘ the Nation‘s best loved T.V. Hospital series. No 303 Points of Departure by Pat Murphy 1 Cassette read by Brenda Vaccaro The stories in this groundbreaking collection effortlessly cross the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, blending visionary storytelling with uncompromising realism. No 304 After Hannibal by Barry Unsworth 2 Cassettes read by Peter Firth Golden Umbria is home to some of the world‘s greatest art and has also witnessed some of its worst bloodshed. It is a landscape of desires and memories. Here Professor Monti distracts himself from his wife‘s desertion by immersing himself in Umbrian history. Stan Blemish has emerged from his lair to prey on the Greens, retired Americans; the Chapmans are battling against the Checchetti family. No 305 The Garden of the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran 83
1 Cassette read by Nadim Sawalha First published 1933, this is the book Gibran was working on before his untimely death. The Prophet had closed with Almustafa setting sail for his homeland; here we find him back on his native isle. Overcome by the ‗sadness of memory‘ he retires to his family burial ground, but after some weeks of solitude there he opens the gate, and once more offers a crop of inspirational answers to his companion‘s entreaties. No 306 1001 Arabian Nights 2 Cassettes read by Joan Collins These exotic tales of romance and adventure in ancient Arabia are told by the lovely Queen Shahrazad, one tale a night, to delay her execution at the hands of the king, her husband. In her stories Shahrazad suffers no maidenly modesty in describing with the indulgent eye of the East the acts of love in all their splendour and degradation. No 307 Restoration by Rose Tremain 2 Cassettes read by Derek Jacobi ―The death of my kindly parents, as well as slaking for the time being my thirst for women, set moving in my anatomist‘s brain a cute awareness of the speed at which the body can succumb to death..‖. So begins Robert Merivel‘s rise to honour at the court of Charles II and he finds great favour with the king. But the favour of kings is a fickle thing and Merivel‘s fall sends him to work in a Quaker bedlam and from there restoration both of the soul and society is a hard road. No 308 Nostromo by Joseph Conrad 84
2 Cassettes read by Tim Piggott-Smith The most ambitious of Conrad‘s novels first published in 1904. Set amidst the turmoil and bloodshed in a Latin-American Republic this is the enthralling account of ‗The Man of the People‘ who becomes enslaved by the toils of love and wealth. No 309 Something in the Air by Dave Cash 2 Cassettes read by Dave Cash Drawing on his own experiences and memories of the free living 1960‘s, the well known DJ Dave Cash tells this gripping story about all the sleaze and intrigue, political and sexual dealings involved in setting up a pirate radio station. No 310 Poor Souls by Joseph Connolly 2 Cassettes read by Rik Mayall A rich and darkly comic novel spanning a single cataclysmic week in the lives of a galaxy of poor lost souls – fuelled by booze and loathing and stranded amid the greed and amorality of Thatcher‘s 1980‘s Britain. Barry is a failed publisher‘s editor trapped in a marriage with the self obsessed Susan and seeking solace in the arms of Annie. Annie saint - like Annie - lives with her crotchety old mother. Gavin is well-off, pompous and dull; married to the little woman Moira who may be bent on vengeance. Then there‘s single parent Hilary who wears a kimono when cooking with the wok, and is quite her own man. And what‘s to be made of the desirable young Tanya – Barry‘s fatal attraction? And D.J. –Barry‘s boss – keeps giving him strange looks. What, exactly, is everyone after?
No 311 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 2 Cassettes read by Jane Seymour An English scholar sends his young wife, Hester Prynne, to the Puritan Boston of the 17th. Century. Arriving two years later, he discovers Hester in the pillory, holding her illegitimate child, refusing to name her lover and sentenced to wear the scarlet ‗A‘ for adulteress. His revenge begins with a change of identity. No 312 In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 2 Cassettes read by James Wilby In Patagonia is a quest or Wonder Voyage. It is about wandering and exile. The narrator travels to a remote country in search of a strange beast and, on the way, describes his encounters with people whose stories delay him on the road. No 313 A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur‘s Court by Mark Twain. 2 Cassettes read by Richard Kiley (see also No 736L) A blow on the head sends this practical Yankee, the superintendent of a Connecticut arms factor, clear back to King Arthur‘s court in medieval England No 314 Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan 2 Cassettes read by the author Savannah is looking for love without making any more compromises. Bernadine has been left for a younger white woman. Robin has kissed a lot of frogs and is considering marrying one. Gloria is bringing up a teenage son alone. Facing life‘s ups and downs problems with family, money, men, love and sex these four feisty women have each other to lean on.
No 315 The Fermata by Nicholson Baker 2 Cassettes read by Will Patton Arno Strine, a modest temporary typist, has perfected the knack of stopping time in its tracks and taking women‘s clothes off. He is hard at work on his autobiography, The Fermata, which proves in the telling to be a provocative, very funny and altogether morally confused piece of work. Lots of nakedness and quite a few surprises. No 316 The Crow Biddy by Gillian White 2 Cassettes read by Lesley Dunlop Molly Tarrant, middle aged, newly divorced and very overweight, is living alone, when a chance meeting with an old school friend, Erica Chorley, turns her life upside down. Long ago the two friends belonged to a witch band led by Erica, using drugs, magic and practising rites. And Molly was a key accomplice in the persecution of a schoolgirl who vanished mysteriously and whose body was never found. Norman Appleyard was at the school at the time of Molly and Erica. Like them, Norman has his secrets, but they are buried so deep that only a major catastrophe could bring them to the surface. Now however with the forthcoming reunion at Farendon School it seems that the past may be coming, horribly, back to life. No 317 Therapy by David Lodge 2 Cassettes read by Warren Clarke A successful sitcom writer with plenty of money, a stable marriage, a platonic mistress and a flash car, Laurence ‗Tubby‘ Passmore has more reason than most to be happy. Yet neither money nor the ministrations of his therapist can ease his puzzling knee pain or his equally inexplicable middle life angst.
As Tubby‘s life fragments under the weight of his self obsession, he embarks – via Kierkegaard, strange beds from Rummidge to Beverley Hills, a fit of literary integrity and memories of his 1950‘s boyhood – on a picaresque quest for his lost contentment. No 318 Cosmopolitan –Short Story Collection 2 cassettes read by Rula Lenska Enjoy meeting Zoe, Debbie and other delightful characters in this superb collection of short stories from Cosmopolitan magazine. No 319 The Vulture Fund by Stephen W. Fry 2 cassettes read by Colin Stinton Mace McLain, a young Wall Street investment banker, manages a daring new investment fund whose success means everything to the prestigious but rocky firm of Walker Pryce. Bu once he‘s on the inside, McLain finds a string of shocking evidence pointing to a huge conspiracy involving Washington politics and international terrorism. The implications are catastrophic, and the stakes are so high that even his best friends and colleagues can‘t be trusted. Soon, McLain has the proof he needs. The question is, can he stay alive long enough to use it? No 320 Crime Watch – True Crime Stories by Liz Mills 2 cassettes read by Sue Cook Now celebrating its tenth successful year, Crimewatch UK allows the police to appeal to the public for information that will bring criminals to justice. Here are four very different, equally compelling cases that were solved after 88
coverage on Crimewatch: the Michael Sams case, the murder of Bronwen Nixon, the armed robbery of a supermarket and an insight into the mind of a supergrass. No 321 Brian Redhead – The Today Programme 1975 – 1994 2 cassettes Here is a celebration of that inimitable style, a varied selection of memorable excerpts in which the jaunty Redhead puctures pomposity, probes politicians, banters about his home town on Maccelesfield, keeps up a long running traffic joke on the ‗Friends of the M6‘ and puts his unique stamp on some of the great stories of the past two decades. No 322 The Archers – The Third Generation 2 cassettes performed by the cast They grew up together at Brookfield but their lives have followed very different paths. Shula and her husband Mark had everything except the child she longed for. When she finally became pregnant, a tragic accident meant that Mark never knew. With his death still so close and their son Daniel still so young, it‘s Shula really ready to face the future alone? No 323 The Darling Buds of May 2 cassettes The Season of Heavenly Gifts pt 1 & 2 Pop Larkin comes to the rescue of a pilot who crash lands his light aircraft, in these episodes of ―The Darling Buds of May‖. Pop soon becomes suspicious about the man, but that doesn‘t stop him taking the whole family for an ―on-the –house‖ evening at the pilot‘s night 89
club. However, the plot thickens when Pop gets mixed up with a gang of criminals after finding £30,000 hidden in his car. But fear not, the Larkins always seem to end up surrounded by food, drink, love and laughter! No 323A The Darling Buds of May 2 cassettes In these, the very first episodes of ―The Darling Buds of May‖, we are introduced to the Larkin family as Pop surprises a haughty salesman by producing a wad of cash to pay for a huge fridge! Before long we‘re back at the Larkins‘ beautiful old farm, where young tax inspector arrives to check on Pop‘s nonexistent payment record. However, as soon as he sets eyes on pop‘s lovely daughter Mariette, his mind turns to other things. No 324 Duty Free 2 cassettes read by the cast 4 Episodes This smash hit series which topped the ratings in Britain follows two couples on a package holiday in Spain. It all starts when out of work draughtsman David Pearce spends his redundancy money to get away from it all. Hs down-to-earth wife Amy looks on it as a holiday o a lifetime. But these romantic dreams are shattered when David begins an ill-fated clandestine affair with the sophisticated, eternally starry-eyed Linda Cochrran who is on holiday with her husband Robert, a stiff-upperlip ‗remember we‘re British‘ character. No 325 Therapy And How To Avoid It by Nigel Planer & Robert Llewellyn 2 cassettes read by the authors Nigel Planer is woken by an early morning call. It‘s Robert Llewellyn who thinks he‘s gone 90
barking mad and has arranged to see a cognitive, gestalt, nude drumming therapist. It‘s clear to Nigel that this man needs help. Over eight meetings Nigel divulges his encyclopaedic knowledge of treatments, from classical Freudian analysis to bio-energetics. They stumble together through the meadows and minefields of the contemporary therapy landscape, two post modem, rash ridden symptom inundated half men who discover all there is to know about Therapy, and How To Avoid It. No 326 Bob Monkhouse at the Beeb by Bob Monkhouse 2 cassettes read by Bob Monkhouse A cracking collection of Bob‘s best bits from BBC Radio and Television. One of the funniest men in show business, Bob Monkhouse has had audiences hooting at his verbal dexterity for an amazing fifty years. Now he looks back on a lifetime of laughs with this cassette-bulging collection of hilarious clips and reminiscences from his most famous radio and television shows. No 327 Kevin Turvey Investigates 1 cassette read by Rik Mayall Charismatic ace investigative reporter, anorak wearer and great Kick up the Eighties correspondent, Kevin Turvey (aka Rik Mayall) combs the back of his mind to bring us exclusives on such soul searching subjects as death, sex and the supernatural. So do up your trousers, settle down and listen to the man who became a Tesco‘s prostitute – handbag and all!
No 328 The Art of Coarse Rugby by Michael Green 2 cassettes read by Bill McLaren This bestselling classic, now updated for the Coarse Rugby player of the 1990s, includes all the truly fine points of the game. From how best to take advantage of a blind, short sighted or deaf referee, to how to avoid paying for the beer after the match, The Art of Coarse Rugby is bound to appeal to a new generation of Coarse Rugby players. No 329 The Clown Jewels 1 Cassette Hosted by Ken Bruce BBC Radio2‘s highly popular presenter, Ken Bruce, acts as your Radio Collection tour guide and introduces you to tasters of his personal BBC classic comedy favourites including: Hancock‘s Half Hour The Navy Lark Steptoe & Son and many more No 330 The Burkiss Way (radio programme) 2 cassettes read by the cast Yes, it‘s The Burkiss Way. Or, as The HitchHiker‘ Guide to the Galaxy once put it. ‗A programme of infinite tedium which gets cheap laughs by doing pathetic parodies of other much more successful shows‘. No 331 Top Gear Comedy 2 cassettes presented by Jeremy Clarkson Jeremy Clarkson presents 35 high octane comedy hits Sometimes the funniest things happen in traffic jams. So, instead of seething at the Skoda in your mirror or honking at the Honda in front, relax and allow Jeremy Clarkson to introduce
you to the most hilarious moments from motoring humour with excerpts from: Knowing Me, Knowing You Harry Enfield‘s Television Programme One Foot in the Grave and many more. No 332 Arthur Daley - Back to Basics 2 cassettes read by George Cole Arthur Daley, national institution, superpatriot and Olympic gold medallist in Ducking and Diving, takes a long hard look at the state of the nation and asks: What is occurring? Her majesty the Queen forced to open up the House and become a Pentax dodger; Her Majesty Mrs Thatcher roaming the seas singing for her supper. Fortunately Arthur is at hand to offer a beacon of light to hapless Brits lost in a mailroom of uncertainty, and to lead them back to the level playing field on top of the high moral ground. No 333 The Man from Auntie 2 1 cassette More full throttle stand up and run around comedy from Ben Elton‘s second BBC Television series. No 334L Prince Edward by Paul James 6 cassettes read by Peter Joyce The first ever biography of Prince Edward provides a revealing appraisal of the life, character and career of the Queen‘s youngest and least known son. It is packed with fascinating information which has not previously been published. No 335 Matthews to Moore 1948 – 1966 2 cassettes presented by Bryan Butler
Here from the BBC Sound archives is vintage action from football cup finals and Internationals (commentators include Raymond Glendenning and Brian Moore) and unique interviews. No 336 Australia‘s Greatest Cricket Characters written by Brian Cowley 2 cassettes read by Greg Matthews Over the top and outlandish. Cricket historian Brian Crowley selects an ideal touring team from the ranks of Australia‘s greatest cricket characters. Heroes and larrikins – maniacs and mavericks. Meet them all. No 337 Free To Trade by Michael Rid path 2 Cassettes read by Samuel West Paul Murray is a junior bond trader whose world is turned upside down when Debbie Chater, a vivacious colleague is found dead. Paul‘s search for an explanation uncovers a web of fraud, murder and mystery – and some very unpleasant people who are definitely out to make a killing. No 338 Assumed Identity by David Morrell 2 Cassettes read by Ed Asner Brendan Buchanan, member of a special covert operation unit goes by other names, but now his own unique gifts threaten to destroy him. His cover is blown in Mexico and his controllers refuse him a new identity. He is forced to be himself, a person he must rediscover with the help of the beautiful Juana. No 339 The Takeover by Stephen W. Frey 2 Cassettes read by Colin Stinton A number of isolated deaths are of no consequence to investment banker Andrew falcon. All that matters to him is the five million 94
dollar fee he will collect for spearheading the biggest hostile takeover bid in Wall St. history. But Falcon has trespassed into a scheme so wide reaching, so potentially devastating, that not even five million dollars will save him from the power of the men who are keeping the secret. No 340 Man on the Roof by Jas. R. Perrin, Peter Sellers & Peter Robinson. 1 Cassette read by Jerry Orbach Three stories of shattering suspense from the award winning Cold Blood anthology series. No 341 A Murder Coming by James Powell, Peter Robinson & John North. 1 Cassette read by Jerry Orbach Three more stories from the Cold Blood Anthology. Tales of revenge, the perfect murder and the terror of being falsely accused…listen there‘s a murder coming!! No 342L Plat Du Jour by Tom Higgins 5 cassettes read by the author Had Tom Higgins and his wife Sue stopped to think before they decided to give up their careers and open an English restaurant in Lyons, might have realized how foolhardy a plan t seemed: a restaurant in the gastronomic centre of France serving a cuisine that the French despise and run by two people with only the slightest experience of the trade. No 343 Speak after the Beep by Michael Frayn 2 cassettes read by Martin Jarvis Subtitled ―Studies in the art of communicating with inanimate and semi-animate objects‖, this wry collection is based on Michael Frayn‘s Guardian column and is a must for anyone who regularly marvels at the pomposity and
inanities of public announcements, fashionable conversations and self-advertising. No 344 Standing in the Sunshine by Carli Loader 2 cassettes read by the Author This is the story of a breakthrough in medical history by Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Cari Loader who, by fluke and flamboyant good fortune, became the dragon-slayer of her own disease. As a human story it is strong medicine, encompassing wicked humour, rage at life‘s cruelty, the sadness of lost sexuality, near suicide and a lat minute reprieve that would defy belief if it were fiction. Cari now has more than 130 sufferers on her own pilot trial and nearly all have reported positive clinical improvement. Cari was told by one person on her trial ―when we first spoke you gave me hope that there was light at the end of the tunnel. Now I am out of the tunnel and standing in the sunshine‖. No 345 Tales of Body and Soul by Lionel Blue 2 cassettes read by the Author In Tales of Body and Soul, Lionel Blue, the much loved speaker on Pause for Thought and Thought for The Day on Radio 4, reflects on life‘s difficulties, tackling thorny subjects such as physical disability, racial prejudice, sexuality, hatred and fear. The questions he asks are challenging and basic. How do we find self-worth when we no longer have a job? Where should we look for genuine happiness? He passes on his reflections to help others in the search for his own answers. No 346 Sir John Gielgud 2 cassettes of a celebratory collection John Geilgud was born in London in 1904, and made his first appearance on stage in 1921 as
the Herald in Shakespeare‘s Henry V. In the years since then, his illustrious career in the theatre, and latterly in film and TV, has enthralled generations of admirers. This celebratory collection gives some indication of the range and variety of Geilgud‘s art. No 347 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos 2 cassettes read by E.G. Marshall In 1949, two young Cuban musicians became the night stars of the dance halls where their orchestra plays the lush, sensuous music that earns them the title of The Mambo kings. Oscar Hijuelos provides an evocative portrait of the Castillo brothers, their families, their fellow musicians and their lovers, their triumphs and their tragedies. Bringing to life a bittersweet era in music and life. No 348 Ironing John by James Leith 2 cassettes read by John Alderton Ironing John tells how the Author, James Leith, coped when he suddenly found himself in the position of Househusband, affectionately known as the ‗houseworm‘. He learns to love the laundry, cooking took on a whole new meaning, as did the shopping, and he will never think again about the school holidays without shuddering. For a year he was responsible for a working wife, four children, a large house, an out of control garden, an extremely stupid Great Dane, four cats, twelve chickens, two geese, a guinea pig and an ironing board. No 349 No Room in the Ark by Alan Moorehead 2 cassettes read by Christopher Timothy This book was a best seller when it was first written in the `1950‘s following the Author‘s
third visit to Africa. It first brought to people‘s attention the plight of the threatened wildlife in Africa and prophesised its inevitable extinction. However it is a book about more than wild animals. Alan Moorehead writes about the tribes he met during his travels (Masai, Dinka, Turkana, Samburu, Pygmy and others) and describes them with a charm and eloquence but in a manner which may not be approved of by today‘s politically correct journalist. No 350 Ralph Richardson – The Biography 2 cassettes written & read by John Miller. Performed by Martin Jarvis Ralph Richardson was a contradictory genius whose power and presence dominated stage and screen for over 50 years. Those who worked with him were amazed by his talent and authority, astonished by his self-criticism and touched by his kindness and generosity. His search for the man behind the actor‘s make-up led author John Miller to talk to Richardson‘s friends and colleagues. Miller has woven a portrait of Richardson to reveal him in all his complexity, casting new light on the inner drive which took him to the heights of public acclaim. No 351 Memoirs of a sword Swallower by Don Mannix 2 cassettes read by Micky Dolenz ―I probably never would have become America‘s leading fire-eater if Flamo the Great hadn‘t happened to explode that night in front of Krinko‘s Great Combined Carnival Side Shows‖ So begins Dan Mannix‘s cult autobiographical account of his days as a carnival act in Middle America during the 1930‘s. This is the story of a fresh faced college graduate who rose to become a master of his weird and wonderful 98
craft. On the way we encounter a colourful cavalcade of exotic fellow travellers. No 352 It‘s Been a lot of fun by Brian Johnston 2 cassettes with Jovial Johnners telling his own Story Brian Johnston, doyen of cricket commentators and genial host of ―Down Your Way‖ looks back at a lifetime at the microphone in this delightful reminiscence. And it‘s not all cricket!! No 353L A Patriot in Berlin by Piers Paul Read 8 cassettes read by Robin Browne It is August 1991. In Berlin, an émigré Russian couple involved in the export of icons are found murdered, the woman brutally tortured. A year later, in Moscow, an officer in the security service of the new Russian Federation is ordered to find a rogue agent of the former KGB, Andrei Orlov, who has disappeared without trace. These apparently unconnected events are followed by the arrival in Berlin of American art historian Francesca McDermott, recruited to organise a major retrospective exhibition of Russian experimental art – a priceless gathering of the greatest Russian paintings of the twentieth century that Communism had dismissed as ―decadent‖. Working with Francesca is a Russian expert, Serotkin – attractive and mysterious but a chauvinist whose ideas for the exhibition constantly conflict with Francesca‘s. No 354L Tigers Are Better-Looking by Jean Rhys 4 cassettes read by Joanne Pearce
Jean Rhys wrote about woman – society‘s victims – with all the passion and despair of a loser. Set in Paris, London and the Caribbean, her bitter-sweet, tantalizingly evocative stories conjure up the loneliness of a rented room, the regrets of a failed love affair and the temporary oblivion of alcohol with astonishing power and poignancy. Jean Rhys was ahead of her time in style and mood. This volume brings together some of the earliest writing as well as a representative election of her later work.
No 355 Breaking the bonds 2 cassettes written and read by Dorothy Rowe Dorothy Rowe, the internationally renowned psychologist and expert on depression, brings together on this tape what her 25 years of research have shown her about depression, and shows us how every one of us can take charge of our life and find the way to happiness, hope and freedom. No 356 Timeless Healing by Herbert Benson M.D. with Marg Stark 2 cassettes read by David Brand Herbert Benson M.D., a Harvard physician explores the true intersection and connections between objective sciences and the mystifying powers of the human spirit. He tells how affirming beliefs, particularly belief in a higher power, makes a critical contribution to our physical health. In essence, Dr. Benson‘s message is that we are wired for God. 100
No 357 The Way to Win by Will Carling & Robert Heller 2 cassettes read by the Authors The way to win is the result of an extraordinary meeting of minds from two of the most successful men in their respective fields. Will Carling and Robert Heller present a fascinating manual for all those who aspire to be winners. No 358 Soros on Soros – Ahead of the Curve 4 cassettes written & read by the Author Interweaving personal reminiscence, financial theory and political analysis, offering a compelling portrait of the world and its markets according to George Soros, money manager extraordinaire. With remarkable candour, Soros traces his progress from holocaust survivor to philosophy student, failed tobacco sales to the world‘s most profitable and powerful trader, introducing the people and events that helped shape his character and his, often controversial views. Soros on Soros, by one of the greatest financial wizards, is a must for every investment professional, business person, or intelligent investor who would like to learn from the best. No 359 Phillip Hodson‘s Guide to Sex & Relationship 2 cassettes with Phillip Hodson in Conversation with Anne Hooper Phillip Hodson, the well known T.V. & Radio counsellor together with Anne Hooper, Agony Aunt of Best Magazine and author of Anne Hooper‘s Ultimate Sex Guide, get to grips with
many of today‘s sexual and emotional difficulties. No 360 Powers that be by Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough 2 Cassettes read by Marina Strange things are happening on the icy planet of Petaybee. Unauthorised, genetically engineered species have been spotted and yet the locals aren‘t talking-what are they trying to hide? Yana, a combat veteran now in poor health, is sent to investigate. The people of Petaybee befriend and heal her and she becomes determined to protect her new home from the greedy and increasingly ruthless company. Something strange and wonderful is happening on Petaybee. Something worth fighting for or even dying for… but especially something worth living for. No 361 Star Wars by Roger MacBride Allen 2 Cassettes read by Anthony Heald. These tapes are Volume 3 of the Science Fiction Corellian Trilogy, ‗Showdown at Centrepoint‘. When a loyalist ship approaching Selonia is blasted out of space, HanSolo quickly realises that rebel forces are turning planetary repulsors into weapons of immense destruction. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker and Lando Cairissian manage to discover the terrifying secret of Centrepoint Station. It is the infamous Starbuster itself, and its next programmed nova, hard wired in, is set to annihilate a chosen star, its inhabited world and millions of innocent lives. There‘s only one way to stop it; blow up the station. But as a massive rebel fleet closes in on Centrepoint, Han, Luke and their friends will discover that time is running out…. 102
No 362 Mind Over Matter by Sir Ranulph Fiennes 2 cassettes read by the author Mind Over Matter is Sir Ranuph Fiennes‘s own account of his epic journey across Antarctica. It was a journey of heroic proportions and one that was to capture the imagination of the whole world as Fiennes and his partner Dr Michael Stroud attempted to make the first unsupported crossing of the unforgiving continent. No 363 Back in Business by Michael Barrymore 2 cassettes read by Michael Barrymore In June 1994, Michael Barrymore quietly checked into an American clinic, where he received treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. No 364 The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher 2 cassettes read by Margaret Thatcher The Downing Street Years is first and foremast, a brilliant first-hand portrayal of the events and personalities of her years in power. She gives riveting accounts of the great and critical moments of her premiership – the election victories, the Falklands War, the Miners Strike and more. No 365 Someone Who Was by Brian Johnston 2 cassettes read by the author Reflections on a live of happiness and fun. Brian Johnston has over the years become synonymous with the great English game of cricket. Indeed he is known as the ―voice of cricket‖ following more than twenty years as a regular member of the commentary team for ―Test Match Special‖. However, his professional life 103
has not been limited to cricket alone. As a broadcaster and presenter, he has been involved in many popular radio programmes. On this tape, he gives us an A – Z account of his autobiography told in the inimitable Johnston style with the accent heavily on humour, but also covering his experiences with the Grenadier Guards during the war and the more poignant aspects of his family life. No 366 An Evening With Johnners by Brian Johnston 2 cassettes read by the author ―An Evening with Johnners‖ features the much loved, much admired Brian Johnston, the famous BBC presenter and commentator, known the world over as ―The voice of Cricket‖. No 367 Goodbye Bafana by James Gregory 2 cassettes read by Murius Weyers An intimate, deeply moving portrait of an extraordinary friendship between James Gregory – an Afrikaner jailer and his famous prisoner – Nelson Mandela. Goodbye Bafana is a story that spans twenty years, a period of enlightenment, courage and survival. No 368 Sporting Lives by Michael Parkinson 2 cassettes read by the author Michael Parkinson is without doubt, one of the finest sporting journalists of his time and this recording features his own selection from his articles in the Daily telegraph.
No 369 BBC Radio Collection Bradman – The Don Declares 2 cassettes Don Bradman, one of the best batsmen the cricket world has ever seen, tells his life story for the first time. Sir Donald talks about his introduction to cricket and his early experiences in the game and describes in detail cricketing events, which made history. He gives previously untold information about the ‗Bodyline‘ series which created a sensation in Anglo-Australian cricket fifty years ago and comments on the criticism he attached in the 1930s and 1940s. As well as Sir Donald you can hear many of his contemporaries in Australia and England recalling the man and the deeds, which helped create a golden era in Australian sporting history. No 370 Lillee – Over and Out Condensed, recorded and produced by The Recorded Book Corporation Pty Ltd. 2 cassettes read by Richie Benaud Dennis Lillee is his straightforward self – bold, humorous and controversial – as he looks back at his distinguished career and contemplates his future. As a personality, Dennis Keith Lillee, bestrides Australian sport as few men before him. A great champion. No 371 Sporting Profiles by Michael Parkinson 2 cassettes read by author A selection from Michael Parkinson‘s awardwinning series of interviews and features in the Daily Telegraph, comprising a unique gallery of profiles of sporting heroes past and present.
No 372 Allan Border – An Autobiography 2 cassettes read by Richie Benaud Allan Border retraces his career in an uncomplicated and often humorous style from the backyard of his Sydney home to the elite cricket fields of the world. He tells of the most controversial episodes and incidents in modern Australia cricket history. His recollections and views make compelling listening. No 373 Liverpool Football Club presented by Bryan Butler 2 cassettes The legends of Anfield in the 30 years spanning the reigns of Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish. Unique interviews, action from big matches, match commentaries by Brian Moore and others. No 374 Grandchildren of Albion – Live on cassette Volume 1 – 1 cassette When the 400-page anthology ―Grandchildren of Albion‖ appeared (ND 17-20), it soon spawned almost as many diverse, adventuresome and communicative events featuring its 40 contributors, as had prompted its publication. And as most of these poets are such talented interpreters, their work pitched as sharply for the ear as for the eye. It only makes sense to supplement the book with their own actual sounds on tape. No 375 Romantic Poets - Women Romantic Poets – Collected Works 2 cassettes read by Prunella Scales, Hannah Gordon and Emma Fielding The Women Romantic Poets represented here came from every sort of background.
Among them, Ann Yearsley (milkmaid), Elizabeth Hands (servant-maid), Mary Collier and Ellen Taylor (washer women). Middle class bluestockings like Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More. Aristocrats and Courtiers like Baroness Nairne and the colourful Mary Bronson and others. No 376 Romantic Poets - Shelley – Collected Works A number of poems read by Samuel West 2 cassettes No 377 C. Day Lewis reads a selection of his own work 1 cassette The performance of this cassette was recorded at a reading organized by The Poetry Society in the Great Drawing Room, Arts Council, London, in September 1967. C. Day Lewis reads from his later poems inspired by Irish scenes and memories, which stand out as some of his finest work. No 378 Making Cocoa for Kingsley Annis by Wendy Cope 2 cassettes read by Wendy Cope Making Cocoa for Kingsley Annis is one of the funniest and most distinctive books of poems to have appeared in recent times. It was Wendy Cope‘s first full-length collection and rapidly became a best seller. With its unconventional mixture of love poems, parodies and satire, it marked its author out as that rare thing, a truly series comic poet. No 379 Derek Walcott reads a selection of his own work 107
2 cassettes Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He has been described as ‗the best poet the English language has today, and for this recording, made in 1993, he reads a selection from his Collected Poems 1948-1984, described by Seamus Heaney as ‗a triumphant book‘, and also a number of extracts from his great epic poem, Omeros. No 380 The Gospel According to LUKE 2 cassettes read by Sheila Hancock ‗An orderly account‘ is how Luke describes his unique version of the life and teachings of Jesus. Here are some of the most famous and best loved stories of the New Testament – including the only one about Jesus as a boy – and some of the most memorable parables, the Prodigal Son and the God Samaritan among them. No 381 Elephant Song by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Miles Anderson Dr. Daniel Armstrong, world famous TV naturalist, and anthropologist Kelly Kinnear, join forces as they seek to protect an African country, its people and its herds of elephants from The City of London and its philosophy of profit, whatever the cost. Under the shadow of The Mountains of The Moon, the death song of the elephant is heard throughout the valley. No 382 A Time to Die by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Tim Pigott Smith Beneath the unforgiving, blazing heat of the African sun, two men and a woman embark on a savage hunt. A hunt that will tear their
safe safari apart, plunging them into the restless tides of a deadly civil war. No 383 Rage by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Tim Pigott Smith It is 1952. Guided by the ruthless hands of Shasa Courttion nd Centaine Malcolmess, the Courttionfamily empire has come to dominate the lives of white and black South African alike. But the winds of change are fanning fires of revolution. In his deadly quest for power, Shasa will be tested far beyond the battle of the boardroom, forced to betray his ideals for a misguided dream of national unity. No 383a Rage by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Gabrielle Drake Rage displays all of Wilbur Smith‘s most powerful skills of storytelling in a sweeping adventure full of passion and danger. No 384 Blue Horizon by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Tim Pigott
Smith At the close of Wilbur Smith‘s best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courttion nd his brother Dorian battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh. In this spell bounding new novel, the next generation of Courttio‘s are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous ‗Robbers Road‘. It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, which takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals. 109
Eye of the Tiger by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Miles Anderson Harry Fletcher, a man with a chequered past, now makes an honest living as a charter skipper fishing in the magnificent Indian Ocean. Until suddenly men from a world he has put behind him plunge him once more into a deadly game. And he must play - for an unknown prize against undeclared odds – by the rules of violence and death, which he once practiced, as an art. No 386 The Dark of the Sun by Wilbur Smith 2 cassettes read by Steven Pacey Bruce Curry is the leader of a mercenary band who is in charge of a mission to relieve a mining town cut off by fighting and, more importantly, to retrieve a priceless consignment of diamonds that is also stranded there. No 387 A Hooded Crow by Craig Thomas 2 cassettes read by the author The latest compulsive adventure story from the master of the genre, A Hooded Crow evokes a fascinating picture of the continuing rivalries and suspicions that colour the aftermath of the Cold War, as old enemies face each other on a new battlefield – southern Africa – and for the latest stakes – the smuggling of arms and high technology. No 388 The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe 2 cassettes read by John Lithgow ―One of the funniest, finest and most dramatic American novels of recent times…the most enthralling book I‘ve read in years‖ Evening Standard 110
―A brilliant evocation of New York‘s class, racial and political structure in the 1980‘s – Publishers Weekly No 389 First Among Equals by Jeffrey Archer 2 cassettes read by Michael York In the 1960s four ambitious new MPs take their seats at Westminster. Over three decades they share the turbulent passions of the race for power with their wives and families, men and women caught up in a dramatic game for the highest stakes of all. But only one man can gain the ultimate goal – the office of Prime Minister. No 390 A Perfect Murder by Jeffrey Archer and five other stories from A Twist in the Tale (Vol. 1) 2 cassettes read by Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres Jeffery Archer‘s consummate skill as a storyteller is reflected in each of these six stories, all different and all ending with ‗A Twist in the Tale‘. No 391 A Quiver Full of Arrows by Jeffery Archer Vol. 1 One Night Stand 2 cassettes read by Martin Jarvis Two friends fall under the spell of a New York beauty – with quite unexpected results. An offhand remark is taken seriously by a Chinese sculptor, and a British diplomat becomes the owner of a priceless work of art. An insurance claims advisor has a most surprising encounter on the train home to Sevenoaks. 111
The openings to three of the stories in this marvellous collection, which ends with a hauntingly-written, atmospheric account of two undergraduates of Oxford in the thirties, a tale of bitter rivalry that ends in a memorable love story. No 392 Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffery Archer (Vol. 2) 2 cassettes read by Alec McCowen Jeffery Archer has been acclaimed as ‗probably the greatest storyteller of our age‘; (Mail on Sunday) and ‗a storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas‘ (Washington Post), while Publishers Weekly wrote: ‗Somerset Maugham never penned anything so swift or urbanely witty as this‘. This new collection will enhance his reputation even further. In each of the stories, men and women are put under pressure – how do they react when they have an opportunity to seize, a crucial problem to solve, a danger to avoid? Archer plunges his listeners into impeccably paced plots that will arrest them within minutes and then keep them spellbound as only he knows how. No 393 Not a Penny More Not a Penny Less by Jeffery Archer 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi One million dollars – that‘s what Harvey Metcalfe, lifelong king of shady deals, has pulled off with empty promises of an oil bonanza and instant riches. Overnight, four men – the heir to an earldom, a Harley Street doctor, a Bond Street art dealer and an Oxford don – find themselves penniless. But this time Harvey has swindled the wrong men. They band together and shadow him from the casinos of 112
Monte Carlo to the high stakes windows at Ascot and the hallowed lawns of Oxford. Their plan is simple: to sting the crook for exactly what they lost. To the penny. No 394 The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley 2 cassettes read by Sián Phillips In the heat of August 1939 five cousins gather at their aunt‘s large house where the fragrant camomile lawn rolls down to the Cornish cliffs. This is their annual holiday ritual but for most of them it is also the last summer of their youth. The war is just around the corner and their lives will never be quite the same. The ensuing years will impose harsh conditions on them; they will be united by shared losses and loves as well as by a shared past. No 395 The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery) 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi When Judith Perle‘s husband dies, the young widow bestows one of her properties – a house in the monk‘s Foregate – on the Abbey of Shrewsbury. The only rent is a single white rose, to be delivered annually upon the day of the translation of St Winifred. But as a beautiful woman with a substantial dowry, Judith represents a target for would-be suitors, and her dowry will be even greater if the house were to revert to her. Someone, it seems will stop at nothing to prevent payment of the rose, and in the summer of 1412 the rose bush is violently hacked down. Lying beside it is the body of a murdered man. No 396 The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery) 113
2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi Winter, 1139: Brother Cadfael‘s tranquil life in the monastery gardens at Shrewsbury is once again interrupted by violent, mysterious happenings. Raging civil war has sent many refugees fleeing north from Worcester, among them two orphans of a great family and their companion, a nun. But they seem to have disappeared somewhere in the wild winter landscape of frost and snow – and Cadfael sets out to find them. No 397 The Raven in the Foregate by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery) 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi Christmas, 1141 AD. A priest arrives from London to fill the vacant living of Holy Cross (the Foregate) – a man of presence, scholarship and discipline, but one who lacks the common touch. When he is found drowned in the millpond, suspicion is cast in many directions, not least towards a young man who came in the priest‘s train. Sent to work in Brother Cadfael‘s garden, he has attracted the friendship of a beautiful and formidable girl. No 398 Dead Man‘s Ransom by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery) 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi The year is 1141 and civil war continues to rage. In the battle of Lincoln the sheriff of Shropshire is captured and the king himself taken prisoner by his enemies. An exchange of valuable prisoners is arranged and the sheriff is to be recovered in place of a young Welsh lordling who in turn had been captured in the course of a misguided assault on a convent.
But before the exchange can be completed, one captive is murdered. To Brother Cadfael, who first notices the evidence of unnatural death, falls the task of gathering enough clues to prove it. No 399 An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery) 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi The England of 1141 is a land torn by civil strife. Seeking refuge in Shrewsbury are the badly-crippled Brother Hunilis and the mute Fidelis, his devoted attendant. All is well until Nicholas, once Humilis‘ squire, resolves to pay court to the girl who was once his lord‘s affianced bride, and comes to ask his blessing on the suit. Then a latent tragedy becomes a present reality, and only the everindefatigable Brother Cadfael can distinguish between the innocent and the guilty. No 400 The Devil‘s Novice by Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael Mystery) 2 cassettes read by Derek Jacobi In the autumn of 1140, the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury finds its new novice Meriet Aspley a disturbing presence. Meek and biddable by day, his sleep is torn by nightmares so violent as to earn him the nickname of ‗Devil‘s novice‘. Can Meriet be involved in the nearby disappearance of a superior prelate? As events take a sinister turn, it falls to Brother Cadfael to detect the truth behind the young man‘s predicament.