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Last Words

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Number one best-selling novel Last Words is where reality meets fiction and the lines in between are blurred by forbidden love. Amelia - 1942: The inside of my closet held the last bit of my freedom before I was torn from my home and shoved onto a dark train. Our destination was even darker. "Women and children to the right. Men to the left," they shouted at us. Everything was taken from me, leaving only the smoke-filled air, piercing screams, and soul-burning cries. I was slowly starved and weakened to the bone, but there was a man - a Nazi - who brought me extra food. He called himself a prisoner too, but he scared me, and I wondered if he was the enemy I should fear the most. Emma - current day: My grandmother hid her past in an old diary under her bed. The tattered, brown leather book sat there for years until she asked me to find it and read her unspoken words. Now, her stories and secrets are consuming every moment of my life. She's dying...and asking for a man no one in our family has ever heard of. I never imagined a handwritten book could change my entire life, but it has. It opened my eyes to a new beginning, and I learned that love is not the unsaid word my grandmother has refused to speak. It's an action - it's longevity, taboo, and sometimes forbidden. Do we fight for what's wrong, or do we spend our lives searching for what's right? Last words were never spoken because love doesn't stop until a heart is no longer beating. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Shari J. Ryan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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84, Charing Cross Road

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When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents: she a cranky Jewish New Yorker who writes TV scripts and lives in a messy apartment on East 95th Street; he a determinedly courteous middle-class Englishman who sends her beautifully bound and often obscure antiquarian books from the shop he manages on Charing Cross Road in London. The letters, written between 1949 and 1969, capture the period and pay tribute to the special kind of reader who treasures a well-worn classic.

©1970 Helen Hanff (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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The Flame

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The final work from Leonard Cohen, Canada's most celebrated poet and an artist whose audience spans generations and whose work is known and loved throughout the world.

The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces, and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker.

An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen's storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen's lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who set out to explore our darkest questions and came back wanting, yearning for more. 

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©2018 Leonard Cohen (P)2018 McClelland & Stewart

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The Road to Dune

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At long last, millions of Dune fans can now hear the unpublished chapters and scenes from Dune and Dune Messiah.  The Road to Dune also includes the original correspondence between Frank Herbert and famed editor John W. Campbell, Jr.; excerpts from Herbert's correspondence during his years-long struggle to get his innovative work published; and the article, "They Stopped the Moving Sands", Herbert's original inspiration for Dune.  The Road to Dune features newly discovered papers and manuscripts and also "Spice Planet", an original 60,000 word short novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, based on a detailed outline left by Frank Herbert. The Road to Dune is a treasure trove of essays, articles, and fiction that every Dune fan will want to add to their collection.

©2005 Herbert Properties LLC (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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Letters to a Young Poet

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Ranier Maria Rilke challenges you, "...to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers." Rilke's ability to combine the sensual and the spiritual into an inspired vision of the art of living is brought to vivid life in his letters. Through his eyes, the everyday difficulties of love, sex, solitude, sadness, and doubt are seen as the archetypal elements of the drama called life.

Recording (P)1990 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1984 by Stephen Mitchell

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El Regalo del Tiempo

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FonoLibro se enorgullece en presentar el audiolibro El Regalo del Tiempo, escrito y narrado por Jorge Ramos: el periodista, viajero incansable, ganador del premio Emmy, y autor bestseller. Narrado en una serie de cartas a sus hijos, Jorge, nos presenta el que es, sin duda, su título más personal e íntimo. Hay cosas que todo padre siempre quiere decirles a sus hijos. Sobre el amor. Sobre la muerte. Sobre lo que es realmente importante en la vida. Sobre el sexo. Sobre Dios y la religión. Sobre sus abuelos y sus raíces. Sobre vivir en un país extranjero. Sobre cómo salir adelante. Y Jorge Ramos no se quedó con las ganas. En El Regalo del Tiempo nos recuerda que no hay que estar a punto de morirse para decirle a nuestros hijos todo lo que los queremos y enseñarles las lecciones que, esperamos, les permitan llevar una vida más plena, honesta y, ¿por qué no?, alegre. Jorge comparte en este audiolibro lo que nunca antes se había atrevido, siquiera, a sugerir en público. El Regalo del Tiempo es una mirada íntima y conmovedora del mundo en que vivimos y del rol que debe cumplir un padre. A través de su experiencia como testigo de muchos de los horrores y alegrías del mundo, Ramos le ofrece a sus hijos consejos sólidos que necesitan no solo para vivir, sino también para sobrevivir en el turbulento mundo de hoy. Sus sugerencias son universales. Este libro es de todos los tiempos y está cargado de emoción y de lecciones que sus hijos y sus lectores podrán llevar consigo para siempre. Please Note: This audiobook in in Spanish.

©2007 Jorge Ramos (P)2007 FonoLibro Inc

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Letters from a Lost Generation

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A selection of the powerful and poignant wartime letters of Vera Brittain and her friends.

"If war spares me," wrote Vera Brittain to her brother, Edward, in 1916, "it will be my one aim to immortalise in a book the story of us four." Seventeen years later, Vera was to achieve her aim with the acclaimed Testament of Youth.

This series of letters was the inspiration behind Testament. Written between Vera; her brother; her fiancé, Roland Leighton; and their two best friends, Victor Richardson and Geoffrey Thurlow, they give a unique perspective on the most horrifying conflict the world has ever seen. They show the heartbreaking disillusionment of an idealistic public-school generation, raised on ideas of patriotism and duty, as the reality of war emerged. Yet they also give a fascinating insight into the era as a whole: their generation’s literary tastes and the place of women in society.

Read by Amanda Root, Jonathan Firth, Rupert Graves, James Wallace, and Robert Portal, and first heard on BBC Radio 4, these deeply moving letters let us hear for ourselves the voices of Vera Brittain’s lost generation.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Correspondances avec Gaston Gallimard

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Gaston Gallimard (1881-1975), fondateur des Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue française avec André Gide et Jean Schlumberger, confia un jour à Jean Cau qu'il n'écrirait jamais ses mémoires d'éditeur, craignant de ruiner sa maison en disant tout ce qu'il y avait vu et tout ce qu'il savait des mœurs et pratiques de la vie littéraire. Il ne les écrivit pas et, pour finir, se confia peu. Louable pudeur. Mais les grandes correspondances éditoriales publiées depuis lors sont là qui comblent ce manque. Gaston Gallimard et son conseiller Jean Paulhan y déploient des trésors d'adresse pour répondre aux jalousies, susceptibilités, reproches ou insultes des auteurs phares de la maison : Gide, Claudel, Proust, ou Céline... et les retenir tous auprès de lui malgré des divergences de vues souvent radicales. Des échanges riches d'enseignements sur la vie littéraire et éditoriale du XXe siècle.

©2011 Éditions Gallimard (P)2011 Éditions Gallimard

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Poetry in Motion

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A book of short stories coupled with contemporary poetry in different forms.

©2020 Eugenia Fain (P)2021 Eugenia Fain

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King's Counsellor

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The diaries of 'Tommy' Lascelles - as featured in the Netflix hit THE CROWN. As Assistant Private Secretary to four monarchs, 'Tommy' Lascelles had a ringside seat from which to observe the workings of the royal household and Downing Street during the first half of the 20th century. These fascinating diaries begin with Edward VIII's abdication and end with George VI's death and his daughter Elizabeth's Coronation. In between we see George VI at work and play, a portrait more intimate than any other previously published. This compelling account also includes Princess Margaret's relationship with Peter Townsend, and throws an intriguing new light on the way in which King George VI and Winston Churchill worked together during the Second World War. Lascelles was a fine writer - like most of the best diaries his are a delight to listen to as well as being invaluable history.

©2020 Duff Hart-Davis (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Parsnips, Buttered

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Funny and brilliant, listen as British comedian Joe Lycett narrates his own witty, tongue-in-cheek guide to modern life. A dynamic stage performer, Lycett brings his hilarious debut audiobook to life with his unique brand of laugh-out-loud anecdotes and musings. In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded. Dear Listener, Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips. Life is hard. We are a bombarded generation: Facebook, billboards, Twitter, Instagram, taxes, newspapers, watches monitoring our sleep, apps that read our pulse, terrorism. There's such an onslaught to the senses these days it's a marvel any of us manage to get out of bed. I love bed. While we are overwhelmed and confused by the miasmic cloud of information, there are those that seek to take advantage: there are parking fines, hate tweets, Nigerian email scams and Christmas newsletters from old school friends about their ugly kids. And just as we're getting round to doing something about it, we're distracted again. I, Joe Lycett, comedian, wordsmith, and professional complainer, am here to help. During my short life of doing largely nothing I've discovered solutions to many of life's problems, which I impart to you, dear Listener. Containing a centurion of complaint letters to unsuspecting celebrities, companies and anyone brave enough to clog up my phone, as well as illustrations, one-liners, jokes and life hacks, this little gem offers you a collection of tips and advice* for all manner of modern woe. By the time you have finished listening to this book you will have learnt how to: Reverse a parking fine Manipulate the tabloid press Navigate social media Respond to hate mail Out-weird Internet trolls Contest a so-called ripe avocado Send the perfect Christmas newsletter Defeat ISIS Take down multinational companies AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! Joe Lycett x * If you are looking for guidance with taxes, quitting smoking, moving house, love, divorce, education, health care or anything actually important may I recommend speaking to friends or family members and not consulting a book by a comedian who eats halloumi at least twice a day.

©2016 Joe Lycett (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Joe Lycett
Author: Joe Lycett
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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The Dark Interval

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From the writer of the classic Letters to a Young Poet, reflections on grief and loss, collected and published here in one volume for the first time. "A great poet's reflections on our greatest mystery." (Billy Collins) "A treasure... The solace Rilke offers is uncommon, uplifting and necessary." (The Guardian) Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke's voluminous, never-before-translated letters to bereaved friends and acquaintances, The Dark Interval is a profound vision of the mourning process and a meditation on death's place in our lives. Following the format of Letters to a Young Poet, this book arranges Rilke's letters into an uninterrupted sequence, showcasing the full range of the great author's thoughts on death and dying as well as his sensitive and moving expressions of consolation and condolence. Presented with care and authority by master translator Ulrich Baer, The Dark Interval is a literary treasure, an indispensable resource for anyone searching for solace, comfort, and meaning in a time of grief.

©2018 Rainer Maria Rilke, translation copyright Ulrich Baer (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Letters of Note: Mothers

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A gorgeous collection of letters about mothers and motherhood, curated by the founder of the globally popular Letters of Note website. The first volume in the best-selling Letters of Note series was a collection of hundreds of the world's most entertaining, inspiring, and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people.  From Virginia Woolf's heartbreaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression OMG in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job-application letter.   Now, the curator of Letters of Note, Shaun Usher, gives us wonderful new volumes featuring letters organized around a universal theme.  In this volume, Shaun Usher turns his attention to mothers and motherhood. Featuring letters as read by: Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Crystal Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Edmondson, Neil Gaiman, Toby Jones, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Natascha McElhone, Miriam Margolyes, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson, and Meera Syal. Includes bonus performances by Carey Mulligan and Anjelica Huston. 

©2021 Shaun Usher (P)2021 McClelland & Stewart

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Letters to the Earth

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A profound, powerful and moving collection of 100 letters from around the world responding to the climate crisis, introduced by Emma Thompson and lovingly illustrated by CILIP award winner Jackie Morris. How can we begin to talk about what is happening to the world? How can we explain to our children, and to ourselves, what the future of our planet might look and feel like? Letters to the Earth is the beginning of a new conversation. One that attempts to answer some of these questions by listening to the voices of parents and children; politicians and poets; songwriters and scientists. Gathering together over 100 letters written in response to a callout from Culture Declares Emergency, each entry begins to give language to the unspeakable and shows how our collective power is present when we are ready to slow down and listen to each other. It’s natural to feel worried or concerned about what the future of the earth holds. These letters are an opportunity to reflect on our connection to the planet and the way it faithfully sustains us. But they are also an opportunity to act, to respond to this crisis. To put pen to paper and make your voice heard. Includes contributions from activist Yoko Ono, actor Mark Rylance, poet Kae Tempest, actor Mark Rylance, author Laline Paull, illustrator of The Lost Words Jackie Morris, novelist Anna Hope, environmental writer Jay Griffiths and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.  This audiobook includes performances from over 60 actors, authors and activists, including:  Emma Thompson  Mark Rylance Andrew Scott  Juliet Stevenson  Caroline Lucas MP  Alex Lawther  Kae Tempest  Lee Ross Matthew Todd  Jumoke Fashola  Dr Gail Bradbrook  Jackie Morris  Morfydd Clark  Danny Sapani  Hannah Scott Paapa Essiedu Anna Hope  Greg Hicks  Sudha Bhuchar  Tyrone Huggins  and the Youth Strikers   The full cast also includes: Jo McInness, Jay Griffiths, Kay Michael, Jennifer Lim, Greg Hicks, Freya Manor, Leah Brotherhead, Isla Lee, Dolly Webb, Nia Towle, Chirag Lobo, Charlie Beck, Kiki May, Daniela Torres Perez, Justice Savage, Simreth Child, Olivia Dowd, Jessica Hayles, Jem Bendell, Hairkiran Dhingra, Simon McBurney, Sylvian, Stephen Dillane, Nimmi, Mickey Lyndon, Nicola Espitalier Noel, Joy Elias-Rilwan, Colin Brown, Jumoke Fashola, Jessica Siân, Matthew Todd, Blythe Pepino, Dr Martin Shaw, Azul-Valerie Thomé, Naomi Wirthner, Ashby Martin, Tia Khodabocus, Dr Rupert Read, Mairéad Godber, Toni Spencer, Mina Andala, Paul-Ryan Carberry, Saba da Silva, Luzmira Zerpa, Farhana Yamin, and Sudha Bhuchar.   © 2019 Emma Thompson, Daniel Joyce, Tilly Lunken, Jenny Ngugi, Laline Paull, Ottilie. Neser, Kayden Van Veldhoven, Sally Jane Hole, Jem Bendell, Niamh McCarthy, Simon Jay, Agnes Homer, Cate Chapman, Ella Crowley, Liz Darcy Jones, Simon McBurney, Ollie Barnes, Jackie Morris, Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, Tabitha Ravula, Stuart Capstick, Nicola Espitalier Noel, Jessica Tagg art Rose, Elliotte Mitchell, Joanna Pocock, Daniela Torres Perez, Tyrone Huggins, Haydon Bushell, Rob Cowen, Christopher Nicholson, Isobel Bruning, Saibh Da Silva, Justin Roughley, Clare Crossman, Mary Benefiel, Jessica Siân, Lindsay Clarke, Veronika Schmidinger, Anna Hope, Blythe Pepino, Jo Baker, Katie Skiffington, Jay Griffiths, Ann Lowe, Polly Higgins, Claire Rousell, Nathan Bindoff, Emma Cameron, Evie Morrison Hoare, Tia Khodabocus, Tamara von Werthern, Bridget MacKenzie, Harriet Hulme, Dr Rupert Read, Steve Waters, Molly Wingate, Bob Langton, Eva Geraghty, Kerala Irwin, Mark Rylance, Mairéad Godber, Renato Redentor Constantino, Nivya Stephen, Luke Jackson, Toni Spencer, Ashby Martin, Dr Gail Bradbrook, Hannah Palmer, Marian Greaves, Mike Prior, Minnie Rahman, Tamara Ashley, Casper Taylor, Professor Julia Steinberger, Luca Chantler, Caroline Lucas MP, Megan. Murray-Pepper, Silvia Rodriguez, Lilli Hearsey, Trilby Rose, Eve Houston, Fiona Glen, Dulcie Deverell and Edi Rouse, Bishop Rosa dos Santos Bassotto, Farhana Yamin, Claire Rousell, Harkiran S. S. Dhingra. Music © ‘I’m Going to Lift My People Up’ 2019 The Fire Choir, led by Blythe Pepino; ‘Turtle Dove’ 2019 Lee Ross; ‘One Love’ 2019 Jarvis Smith at the Rally for the Imagination, Youth Strike 4 Climate, 20th September, organised by Culture Declares, Music Declares, and Architects Declare; ‘Power’ 2019 The Fire Choir, led by Blythe Pepino.  

©2019 Emma Thompson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Letters of Note: Love

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A compilation of remarkable letters with love at their heart, from the curator of the globally popular Letters of Note website. The first volume in the best-selling Letters of Note series was a collection of hundreds of the world's most entertaining, inspiring, and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. Now, the curator of Letters of Note, Shaun Usher, gives us wonderful new volumes featuring letters organized around a universal theme.  In this volume, Shaun Usher turns to the subject of love. What emotion inspires humans to put pen to paper more than love? It's unsurprising that love letters provide an endless source of extraordinary writing. Letters of Note: Love gathers together some of the most powerful messages about love ever composed, whether inspired by love's first blush or the recriminations at its ending, the regrets of unrequited feelings and the joys of passions known. Includes letters by Zora Neale Hurston, Napoleon Bonaparte, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and many more.  Featuring letters read by: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Crystal Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Danny Huston, Toby Jones, Jude Law, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Mangan, Miriam Margolyes, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong and Meera Syal; with bonus performances by Tom Hiddleston and Nick Cave.

©2020 McClelland & Stewart (P)2020 McClelland & Stewart

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Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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Irisches Tagebuch

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Bölls berühmter Reisebericht ruft auf plastische Weise ein Irland wach, wie es Ende der fünfziger Jahre des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts gewesen ist, als die Insel noch eines der ärmsten und rückständigsten Länder Westeuropas war. Auch wenn sich seither natürlich viel gewandelt hat, liefern Bölls liebevolle, genau beobachtete und außerordentlich treffende Stimmungsbilder aus dem irischen Alltag auch heute noch eine Art vertieften Einblick in die unverändert gebliebene "Seele" Irlands. Mit der kunstreichen Feder eines großen Autors hat Böll hier Folkloristisches, Literarisches, Geschichtliches und Soziales zu einem feinsinnigen Porträt der Insel, seiner Landschaften, seiner Bewohner und Atmosphären zusammengefügt. Kein Geringerer als Carl Zuckmayer schrieb etwa zehn Jahre nach Erscheinen des Bandes über Bölls "Irisches Tagebuch": "Ich halte dieses Buch für eines der schönsten und wertvollsten, die in den letzten fünfzig Jahren geschrieben worden sind." Wie auch immer: Diese einfühlsame "Liebeserklärung an ein Land" des 1985 verstorbenen Nobelpreisträgers ist auch sechzig Jahre nach seiner Erstveröffentlichung noch immer ein äußerst lesens-, wie auch hörenswertes Buch - nicht nur für Irlandfans. Und für alle, die schon einmal auf der Grünen Insel waren oder eine solche Reise planen oder auch nur davon träumen, ist es ohnehin ein Muss! Geboren 1917 in Köln, diente er während des Zweiten Weltkriegs als Soldat in der Wehrmacht. Anfang der 1950er Jahren begann Bölls Schriftstellerkarriere und er veröffentlichte neben zahlreichen Erzählungen und Kurzgeschichten unter anderem die Werke "Irisches Tagebuch" (1957) und "Ansichten eines Clowns" (1963). Böll machte sich einen Namen als vehementer Kritiker des politischen Etablissements und wurde Anfang der 1970er Jahre Präsident des PEN-Clubs. Nach der Veröffentlichung eines skandalumwitterten Essays über Ulrike Meinhof im Spiegel wurde ihm fälschlicherweise vorgeworfen, ein Sympathisant des RAF-Terrorismus zu sein. Eines seiner bekanntesten Werke, "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum" erschien 1974 als Reaktion auf seine Erfahrungen im Zusammenhang mit dieser Affäre. Sein Leben lang nahm Böll aktiv Anteil am politischen Geschehen im In- und Ausland und setzte sich ein für Frieden und Menschenrechte. 1985 verstarb er in seinem Haus in der Eifel.

©2017 SAGA Egmont (P)2017 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Jerzy May
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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La douleur

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La dernière guerre, Marguerite Duras l'a vécue tout à la fois comme femme dont le mari avait été déporté, comme résistante, mais aussi comme écrivain. Lucide, étonnée, désespérée parfois, elle a pendant ces années tenu un journal, écrit des textes que lui inspiraient tout ce qu'elle voyait, ce qu'elle vivait, les gens qu'elle rencontrait ou affrontait.  Ce sont des extraits de son journal, que Marguerite Duras a réunis dans un recueil de nouvelles, La douleur. La première d'entre elles porte le même titre. Adeline d'Hermy a choisi de la lire.

©1985 Éditions P.O.L (P)2018 Éditions Gallimard

Narrator: Adeline d'Hermy
Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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Notes from Walnut Tree Farm

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Brought to you by Penguin. Calming, thought-provoking, poetic and honest, Notes from Walnut Tree Farm is a collection of writing and musing by documentary-maker, environmentalist and author of Waterlog Roger Deakin. For the last six years of his life, Roger Deakin kept notebooks. In them, he wrote his daily thoughts, impressions, feelings and observations about and around his Suffolk home, Walnut Tree Farm. Collected here are the very best of these writings, capturing his extraordinary, restless curiosity about nature as well as his impressions of our changing world.  Perfect for fans of Robert Macfarlane and Colin Tudge, this is a book that fills listeners with a desire to explore the world around them.

©2020 Roger Deakin (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Roy McMillan
Author: Roger Deakin
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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The Town Slowly Empties

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How does one record an extraordinary time? Confined to his Delhi apartment, Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee unravels the intimate paradoxes of the life he encounters in the first weeks of a global pandemic. His stories about local fish sellers, gardeners, barbers, and lovers merge with his concerns for the exodus of migrant labourers, the challenges faced by health workers, and a mother braving check posts to bring her son home.    Drawing inspiration from contemporary literature and cinema, The Town Slowly Empties is a unique window on a world desperate for love, care, and hope. Manash is our Everyman, urging us to slow down and mend our broken ties with nature.   Written with rare candour and elegance, this meditative book is a compelling account of the human condition that soars high above the empty streets. “The Town Slowly Empties retains a raw and authentic tone, describing an experience from the inside, unmediated by time and memory.” (Sasha Dugdale, author of Deformations [from the foreword]) “Lyrical and evocative, a pandemic journal with a difference.” (Siddhartha Deb, author of The Beautiful and the Damned) “Captivating observations, piercing personal memories and essayistic reflections with a double goal: to bear witness and to remain a human being.” (Aleš Steger, author of Above the Sky Beneath the Earth) “What sustains the narrator-protagonist of this beautiful and compelling memoir of our very own plague year is his passionate, full-bodied immersion in culture.” (Ranjit Hoskote, author of The Atlas of Beliefs) “In this book of quiet meditations, Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee shows the unique value of sensible, informed and honest thought... The greatest contribution is the author’s sheer calm of mind in a world driven mad by anxiety.” (Peter Riley, editor of The Fortnightly Review)

©2020 Headpress (P)2020 Headpress

Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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Lettres de prison

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"Le nouveau monde ne sera pas construit par ceux qui restent à l'écart les bras croisés, mais par ceux qui sont dans l'arène, les vêtements réduits en haillons par la tempête et le corps mutilé par les événements." Arrêté en 1962 par le gouvernement d'apartheid d'Afrique du Sud, Nelson Mandela a passé vingt-sept ans en prison - du 7 novembre 1962 au 11 février 1990. Au cours de ces 10 052 jours de détention, il fut un épistolier prolifique, écrivant des centaines de lettres aux autorités inflexibles, à ses compagnons de lutte, aux gouvernements officiels, mais aussi à sa femme Winnie, à ses cinq enfants et, plus tard, à ses petits-enfants. Les 255 lettres choisies dans ce livre, pour la plupart inédites, offrent le portrait le plus intime qu'on ait lu de Nelson Mandela et un aperçu exceptionnel sur la façon dont il a vécu cet isolement. Elles révèlent l'héroïsme d'un homme qui a refusé tout compromis sur ses valeurs, l'humanité de l'une des plus grandes figures du XXe siècle.

©2018 Titre original : The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela, The Estate of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, The Nelson Mandela Foundation. Concept and design copyright, Blackwell and Ruth Limited Book design : Cameron Gibb. Traduction française : Éditions Robert Laffont, S.A.S., Paris (P)2018 Lizzie, un département d'Univers Poche

Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
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Un viaggio chiamato amore

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Passioni e sentimenti, paure, tenerezze, invocazioni, tradimenti, ricongiungimenti, botte e minacce, miseria e malattia: tutto sotto "Un cielo fatto solo d'amore". È l'incontro di Dino Campana con Sibilla Aleramo, incontro straordinario, come le lettere che i due amanti si scrissero. Ogni pagina di questo carteggio è un viaggio, esaltante e senza soste, che ha inizio sotto il sole infuocato dell'agosto 1916, fra la vera montagna dei solitari e la pura bellezza dei grandi boschi e prosegue serenamente negli ultimi splendori della bella stagione a Faenza e Marradi, fino a quando il "vento iemale" non li trascina in paesi sperduti dell'Appennino, dove il freddo morde ancora più che nelle soffitte dei lungarni e nelle ville sulle colline di Firenze che li accoglieranno. Il percorso si fa tortuoso come le vicende alle quali si assiste, segnato da un continuo andirivieni fra Pisa, Livorno, Firenze, Sorrento. È ormai il 1917: sullo sfondo l'anno più duro della guerra, in primo piano i due amanti e il loro disperato tentativo di trovarsi e abbandonarsi, affidato ormai soltanto alle lettere che si incrociano tra la Toscana e il Piemonte. Poi, nel gennaio del 1918, davanti al cancello del manicomio di San Salvi, il viaggio si interrompe. I Canti Orfici, unica e grande opera di Campana, lo manterrà vivo oltre la morte, avvenuta dopo un internamento di quattordici anni. Sibilla Aleramo, che trasformò la sua lunga vita in letteratura, mai riuscì a raccontare...

©2003 Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore S.r.l. (P)2021 Audible Studios

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Dear Paris

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Be transported to the banks of the Seine, a corner boulangerie, or beneath the Eiffel Tower with these beautifully illustrated vignettes of life in the City of Light. What began as a way to fund travel became 10 years of a letter subscription service delivering thousands of painted letters to subscribers who delight in fun mail! Eat, Pray, Love meets Claude Monet in this epistolary ode to Paris. What started as a whim in a Latin Quarter café blossomed into Janice MacLeod’s years-long endeavor to document and celebrate life in Paris, sending monthly snippets of her paintings and writings to the mailboxes of ardent followers around the world. Now, Dear Paris collects the entirety of the Paris Letters project: 140 illustrated messages discussing everything from macarons to Montmartre. For listeners familiar with the city, Dear Paris is a rendezvous with their own memories, like the first time they walked along the Champs-Élysées or the best pain au chocolat they’ve ever tasted. But it’s about more than just a Paris frozen in nostalgia; the book paints the city as it is today, through elections, protests, and the World Cup - and through the people who call it home. Wistful, charming, surprising, and unfailingly optimistic, Dear Paris is a vicarious visit to one of the most iconic and beloved places in the world. This audiobook purchase includes a PDF supplement of a selection of the illustrated letters from the Paris Letters project. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Janice MacLeod (P)2021 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Narrator: Janice MacLeod
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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The Oscar Wilde BBC Radio Drama Collection

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A sparkling collection of the major works of the ever-adored Oscar Wilde, with incredible casts including Judi Dench, Martin Clunes, Michael Sheen, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McDiarmid, Joely Richardson, Penelope Keith, Martin Jarvis, Diana Rigg, Simon Russell Beale, Sheila Hancock, Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

This collection includes:

The Picture of Dorian Gray: a dramatisation of Wilde’s sole novel, about the unsettling youth of Dorian Gray and the ravaged picture in his attic. Starring Jamie Glover, Ian McDiarmid, Steven Pacey.

Lady Windermere’s Fan: a comic play about a woman who suspects her husband is having an affair. Starring Joely Richardson and Penelope Keith.

A Woman of No Importance: a devastating drawing room comedy about the rakish Lord Illingworth, notorious for his skill as a seducer while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. Starring Martin Jarvis, Diana Rigg and Annette Crosby.

The Importance of Being Earnest: a dazzling comedy about mistaken identities and secret engagements. Starring Judi Dench, Martin Clunes, Michael Sheen and Miriam Margolyes.

An Ideal Husband: a play about the plight of a politician desperate to hide a secret about his past. Starring Noel Johnson, Ronald Lewis and Jane Wenham. 

Plus bonus programmes featuring Wilde’s letters and poetry: 

De Profundis: Simon Russell Beale reads correspondence from Oscar Wilde to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, while in Reading Gaol in 1897.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol: a live benefit performance of Oscar Wilde's celebrated poem, read by Ian McKellen, Neil Tennant, Stephen Fry, Bette Bourne, Tom Wakefield and Malcolm Sinclair.

In Extremis by Neil Bartlett: a play that reimagines Wilde’s hastily arranged sitting with a society palm reader, a week before the trial that was to cost him so much. Starring Corin Redgrave and Sheila Hancock.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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In My Mind's Eye

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Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals and the annoyances of aging, the nonagenarian Jan Morris delights with her wickedly hilarious first-ever diary collection. Celebrated as the "greatest descriptive writer of her time" (Rebecca West), Jan Morris has been dazzling fans since she burst on the scene with her on-the-spot reportage of the first ascent of Everest in 1953. Now, the beloved 92-year-old, author of classics such as Venice and Trieste, embarks on an entirely new literary enterprise - a collection of daily diaries, penned over the course of a single year. Ranging widely from the idyllic confines of her North Wales home, Morris offers diverse sallies on her preferred form of exercises (walking briskly), her frustration at not recognizing a certain melody humming in her head (Beethoven's "Pathetique", incidentally), and her nostalgia for small-town America, as well as intimate glimpses into her home life.   With insightful quips on world issues, including Britain's "special relationship" with the United States and the #MeToo movement, In My Mind's Eye will charm old and new Jan Morris fans alike.

©2018 Jan Morris (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Author: Jan Morris
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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The Letters of John F. Kennedy

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy led his nation for little more than a thousand days, yet his presidency is intensely remembered, not merely as a byproduct of his tragic fate. Kennedy steered the nation away from the brink of nuclear war, initiated the first nuclear test ban treaty, created the Peace Corps, and launched American on its mission to the moon and beyond. JFK inspired a nation, particularly the massive generation of baby boomers, injecting hope and revitalizing faith in the American project. 2013 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Kennedy's untimely death, a milestone to be marked by an avalanche of new books on his life and importance. Martin Sandler's The Letters of John F. Kennedy will stand out among them, as the only book that draws on letters from and to Kennedy, as collected at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the library - many never before published - this project presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the times he lived in. Letters to and from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Clare Booth Luce, Pearl Buck, John Wayne, Albert Schweitzer, Linus Pauling, Willy Brandt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nikita Khruschev, Harry Truman, Herbert Hoover, a young John Kerry, and Ngo Dinh Diem are complemented by letters from ordinary citizens, schoolchildren, and concerned Americans. Each letter will accompanied by lively and informative contextualization. Facsimiles of many letters will appear, along with photographs and other visual ephemera from the Kennedy Library and Museum.

©2013 Martin W. Sandler (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Lettres

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La première lecture d'une lettre de Mme de Sévigné remonte à 1645. La jeune Marie était âgée de dix-neuf ans. C'était chez Monsieur de Molac, gouverneur de Nantes. Depuis cette année, il est plus sage de renoncer à compter le nombre de fois où Mme de Sévigné a été dite à voix haute ; mais chaque fois, c'est la même magie. Magie des mots, magie des anecdotes piquantes et magie aussi du temps aboli. On pourrait se croire revenu dans un salon du Siècle de Louis XIV, entre la Cour et les Grands de ce monde. Marie-Christine Barrault a su saisir tout cela. Au fil des lettres elle sait évoquer la douce ombre de Mme de Sévigné, rire et méditer avec elle, et aimer surtout. Aimer sa fille, ses amis et tout ce qui fait le prix et la beauté de la vie. Elle sait retrouver cette douceur qui fascine depuis plus de trois siècles, mieux ressusciter l'esprit. Au travers de ce choix de lettres, c'est la marquise elle-même que nous sommes invités à retrouver. Par ses yeux et dans ses mots, nous revivons un peu quelques-uns des grands événements du siècle, depuis le mariage manqué de la Grande Mademoiselle jusqu'au suicide de Vatel en passant par l'Affaire des Poisons... Avec elle aussi nous nous penchons sur un quotidien qui nous étonne, nous émeut, et nous partageons ses réflexions sur tout ce qui fait qu'une vie, doucement, se remplit.

©2002 (P)200 2

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A Lowcountry Heart

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A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy is a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy's long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from the beloved author's many friends. A Lowcountry Heart collects some of Conroy's most charming pieces of short nonfiction, many of them addressed directly to his listeners, with his habitual greeting: "Hey, out there". Ranging across diverse subjects such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of getting motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dearly missed friends, Conroy's lighthearted and eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing. In addition, A Lowcountry Heart also includes some of Conroy's most beloved speeches and interviews and a beautiful introduction from his widow, the novelist Cassandra King. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of The Great Conroy, as he is lovingly titled by friends, including his eulogy. This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan and a lasting monument to one of the best-loved writers of contemporary American letters.

©2016 Pat Conroy (P)2016 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Author: Pat Conroy
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Correspondance (1944-1959)

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Le 19 mars 1944, Albert Camus et Maria Casarès se croisent chez Michel Leiris. L'ancienne élève du Conservatoire, originaire de La Corogne et fille d'un républicain espagnol en exil, n'a que vingt et un ans. L'écrivain vit alors seul à Paris, la guerre l'ayant tenu éloigné de son épouse Francine, enseignante à Oran. Sensible au talent de l'actrice, Albert Camus lui confie le rôle de Martha pour la création du Malentendu en juin 1944. Et durant la nuit du Débarquement, Albert Camus et Maria Casarès deviennent amants. Ce n'est encore que le prélude d'une grande histoire amoureuse, qui ne prendra son vrai départ qu'en 1948. Jusqu'à la mort accidentelle de l'écrivain en 1960, Albert et Maria n'ont jamais cessé de s'écrire, notamment lors des longues semaines de séparation dues à leur engagement artistique et intellectuel, aux séjours au grand air ou aux obligations familiales. Sur fond de vie publique et d'activité créatrice, leur correspondance croisée révèle quelle fut l'intensité de leur relation intime, s'éprouvant dans le manque et l'absence autant que dans le consentement mutuel, la brûlure du désir, la jouissance des jours partagés, les travaux en commun et la quête du véritable amour, de sa parfaite formulation et de son accomplissement. Lambert Wilson et Isabelle Adjani nous emportent au cœur de cette correspondance amoureuse intense et émouvante entretenue pendant près de quinze ans.

©2018 Éditions Gallimard (P)2017 Éditions Gallimard

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Dear Mr Murray

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Selected and edited by David McClay.  The publishing house of John Murray was founded in Fleet Street in 1768 and remained a family firm over seven generations. Published to coincide with this 'remarkable achievement' and in the anniversary year, Dear Mr Murray is a collection of some of the best letters from the hundreds of thousands held in the John Murray Archive. They reveal not only the story of some of the most interesting and influential books in history but also the remarkable friendships - as well as occasional animosities - between author and publisher as well as readers, editors, printers and illustrators. Despite the incredible number of letters that were retained by the Murray family, some failed to arrive, others were delayed and some barely survived, but longevity added to the reputation and fame of John Murray, and a correspondent in Canada who addressed his letter merely to 'John Murray, The World-wide famous Book & Publishing House, London, England' as early as 1932 could be confident that his letter would arrive. Intended to entertain and inspire, and spanning more than 200 years, Dear Mr Murray is full of literary history and curiosities: from Charles Darwin's response to the negative reviews of On the Origin of Species to Adrian Conan Doyle challenging Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press; from David Livingstone's displeasure at the proposed drawing of a lion to represent his near-death encounter in Missionary Travels to William Makepeace Thackeray apologising for his drunken behaviour; from Byron berating John Murray for being fooled by his girlfriend's forgery of his signature to the poet James Hogg so desperate for money that he claims he won't be able to afford a Christmas goose; and from Jane Austen expressing concern about printing delays to Patrick Leigh Fermor beseeching Jock Murray not to visit him until he'd completed A Time of Gifts. 

©2018 David McClay (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Die Briefe der Manns

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Ein Porträt der Familie Mann in Briefen Zärtlich umgarnend, frech zugespitzt und maßlos übertrieben, Tratsch und lebenswichtige Ereignisse mitteilend: Die Vielfalt der Tonlage in den Briefen von Katia und Thomas Mann mit ihren sechs Kindern ist grenzenlos. Tilmann Lahme legt hier zusammen mit Holger Pils und Kerstin Klein eine Sammlung von Briefen vor, die einen ganz unverstellten, intimen und oft überraschenden Einblick in den Familienbetrieb bietet und gleichzeitig individuelle Porträts der einzelnen Briefeschreiber darstellt. Zusammengestellt von Ruthard Stäblein; gelesen von acht Schauspielern, die jedem einzelnen Familienmitglied der Manns eine individuelle Stimme verleihen.

©2016 S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main (P)2016 Hessischer Rundfunk / Der Hörverlag

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Realms of Gold

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John Keats' letters paint an unforgettably vivid and moving picture of the richly productive but also tragic final years of the poet's life. As he ponders on the nature of the writer's craft, he must first confront his brother's death from tuberculosis and then the imminent prospect of his own, tormented by the fear that he will not live to consummate his relationship with Fanny Brawne. This general selection also includes many of his finest poems, versions of which often appeared for the first time within the letters themselves. Among them are: "Ode to Melancholy”, "Ode of a Grecian Urn", "Old Meg", "Ode to a Nightingale", "La Belle Dame sans Merci", and "To Autumn".

(P)1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Author: John Keats
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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Love Letters of Great Men

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When Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City movie began reading the book Love Letters of Great Men, millions of women wanted to get their hands on the book. Of course, what could be more romantic than an entire book of love letters, written by men! This edition includes love letters written by Ludwig van Beethoven, Napolean Bonaparte, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Oliver Cromwell, Pierre Curie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Victor Hugo, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, John Keats, Henry IV of France, Henry VIII, Franz Liszt, Jack London, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sir Walter Raleigh, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, George Bernard Shaw, Count Leo Tolstoy, Vincent Van Gogh, Voltaire, and Woodrow Wilson.

Public Domain (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Narrator: Allan Corduner
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Lincoln in Private

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“A fascinating tour inside the mind - and the heart - of Abraham Lincoln.... An important and timeless work.” (Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of His Truth Is Marching On) From the New York Times best-selling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses, a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of our 16th president through his private notes to himself, explored together here for the first time A deeply private man, shut off even to those who worked closely with him, Abraham Lincoln often captured “his best thoughts", as he called them, in short notes to himself. He would work out his personal stances on the biggest issues of the day, never expecting anyone to see these frank, unpolished pieces of writing, which he’d then keep close at hand, in desk drawers and even in his top hat. The profound importance of these notes has been overlooked, because the originals are scattered across several different archives and have never before been brought together and examined as a coherent whole. Now, renowned Lincoln historian Ronald C. White walks listeners through 12 of Lincoln’s most important private notes, showcasing our greatest president’s brilliance and empathy, but also his very human anxieties and ambitions. We look over Lincoln’s shoulder as he grapples with the problem of slavery, attempting to find convincing rebuttals to those who supported the evil institution (“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”); prepares for his historic debates with Stephen Douglas; expresses his private feelings after a defeated bid for a Senate seat (“With me, the race of ambition has been a failure - a flat failure”); voices his concerns about the new Republican Party’s long-term prospects; develops an argument for national unity amidst a secession crisis that would ultimately rend the nation in two; and, for a president many have viewed as not religious, develops a sophisticated theological reflection in the midst of the Civil War (“it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party”). Additionally, in a historic first, all 111 Lincoln notes are transcribed in the appendix, a gift to scholars and Lincoln buffs alike. These are notes Lincoln never expected anyone to read, put into context by a writer who has spent his career studying Lincoln’s life and words. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of our nation’s most important figures. *This audiobook contains a PDF containing a selection of photographs of Lincoln’s private notes.

©2021 Ronald C. White (P)2021 Random House Audio

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An Ash Ceiling: Diary

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This book is the second handbook - an account of contemporary life and a personal diary written by me. The real joy that our time gives back is through experiences, not a rediscovery of new technologies but a function in different historical and geological periods, what has already created it according to explanations of events and their solutions. A walk in the light of the Sun of the facts and enchantments, sometimes never revealed, perhaps too new and unusual, in a community that already has long been in need, as a wider and more slender voice, a tool to better insist on the day, really is not in a dream.  Diary written in a simple way for a textual artistic form to justify even an initial and uncultured experience today. In the style of James Joyce's Ulysses, it is a book of good as a form of life, of art of the present, fundamental to exist free, alive for sure. The period of the 16letters contained reaches from April 2007 to October 2008.

©2020 Gerardo D'Orrico (P)2020 Gerardo D'Orrico

Narrator: Subhash Chander
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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Questioni di cuore

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Le "lettere del cuore" di Natalia Aspesi sul Venerdì di Repubblica diventano uno spettacolo. Un viaggio attraverso la vita sentimentale e sessuale degli italiani nel corso degli ultimi trent'anni. I tradimenti, le trasgressioni, le paure, i pregiudizi. Migliaia di storie intorno all'amore e alla passione che, incredibilmente, non cambiano con il passare dei decenni e l'evoluzione del costume. Dalla ragazzina infatuata per un uomo tanto più grande di lei, alla donna che ama essere picchiata, dalla signora che s'innamora di un sacerdote, alla moglie tradita e abbandonata, dal giovane che si scopre gay, al maschio orgoglioso della sua mascolinità. Tutti hanno imbracciato la penna (più recentemente la tastiera del pc) per scrivere a Natalia Aspesi chiedendo un consiglio, un parere. E le risposte, argute, comprensive, feroci, spesso sono più gustose delle domande. A dare voce sul palco a questa corrispondenza Lella Costa in un gioco di contrappunti tra botta e risposta che raggiunge tutte le sfumature, i diversi gradi d'intensità e di intimità.

©2018 Audible GmbH (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Lella Costa
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Dear Michael, Love Dad

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A wonderfully written account of a father's relationship with his troubled son, as told through his funny, tender letters. In 2007 Michael Maitland left home for university, and in the years that followed he developed depression, OCD and, almost fatally, anorexia. It was only when Michael was taken to hospital in 2012, his body shutting down and his organs failing, that the family realised exactly what was happening. Later Iain was given a bundle of letters that had been carefully saved and tucked away in a drawer - the letters he had written to Michael regularly from the autumn of 2007, when he went to university. Dear Michael, Love Dad is a collection of these letters coupled with extracts from Michael's daily diaries from The Priory and behind-the-scenes commentary, exploring the story of a son's descent, a father's ignorance and stupidity and a once joyous family almost torn apart by tragedy.

©2016 Iain Maitland (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Michael Simkins
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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All for the Union

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All for the Union is the astonishing and eloquent diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, the Union soldier featured in Ken Burns' highly acclaimed PBS television documentary The Civil War. Enlisting as a private in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, Rhodes fought in every major campaign waged by the Army of the Potomac, from Bull Run to Appomattox. Here, in his own powerfully moving words, Rhodes reveals why he was willing to die to preserve his beloved Union.

©1985 Robert Hunt Rhodes (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Norman Dietz
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Letters of Note

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Die verlorene Kunst des Briefeschreibens - wiederbelebt von vielen prominenten Stimmen.

Von Virginia Woolfs herzzerreißendem Abschiedsbrief an ihren Mann bis zum höchsteigenen Eierkuchen-Rezept von Queen Elizabeth II. an US-Präsident Eisenhower; von Gandhis Friedensersuch an Adolf Hitler bis zu Iggy Pops wundervollem Brief an einen jungen weiblichen Fan in Not, zelebriert und dokumentiert "Letters of Note" die Faszination der geschriebenen Korrespondenz mit all dem Humor, der Ernsthaftigkeit, der Traurigkeit und Verrücktheit, die unser Leben ausmachen. Prominente Autoren, Schauspielerinnen und Schauspieler lassen die Briefe durch ihre Stimmen lebendig werden.

©2014 Shaun Usher / Heyne (P)2014 Random House Audio

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The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of one of America's most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder - a treasure trove that offers new and unexpected understanding of her life and work. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a vibrant, deeply personal portrait of this revered American author, illuminating her thoughts, travels, philosophies, writing career, and dealings with family, friends, and fans as never before. This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words. Gathered from museums, archives, and personal collections, the letters span over 60 years of Wilder's life, from 1894 to 1956, and shed new light on Wilder's day-to-day life. Here we see her as a businesswoman and author - including her beloved Little House books; her legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom; and her readers - as a wife, and as a friend. In her letters Wilder shares her philosophies, political opinions, and reminiscences of life as a frontier child. Also included are letters to her daughter, writer Rose Wilder Lane, who filled a silent role as editor and collaborator while the famous Little House books were being written. Wilder biographer William Anderson collected and researched references throughout these letters, and the result is an invaluable historical collection tracing Wilder's life through the final days of covered-wagon travel; her life as a farm woman, a country journalist, and a Depression-era author; and her years of fame as the writer of the Little House books. This collection is a sequel to her beloved books and a snapshot of 20th-century living.

©2016 William Anderson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
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Letters to Jenny

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In February 1989, science fiction writer Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series, received a moving letter. It came from a woman whose daughter, Jenny, was in a coma as a result of severe injuries caused by a drunk driver. She asked Anthony to write to Jenny, an avid fan of his, in the hope that a letter from him would evoke some response. Her request resulted in a series of warm, supportive, and humorous letters written weekly from Anthony to Jenny. These were read to the patient by her mother. The original letters Anthony wrote between February 1989 and 1990, reproduced here along with Anthony's comments, reveal the author's wit, humanism, and social conscience. Jenny has come out of her coma, but is still confined to a wheelchair. Anthony also named a character in his next Xanth novel after Jenny, whose limited but definite physical responses to his letters indicated how important they were to her.

©1993 Piers Anthony Jacob, This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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In Their Own Words

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The way we communicate has changed. Today many of our interactions are digital, but until recently writing letters was the norm. Drawing from over 100 miles of records held at the UK's official government archive, The National Archives at Kew, this collection of letters, postcards and telegrams will shine a spotlight on a range of significant historical moments and occurrences, recapturing a lost world in which correspondence was king. The audiobook includes letters from Karl Marx, requesting UK citizenship; an anonymous writer purporting to be Jack the Ripper; Josef Kramer, the commandant of Bergen Belsen; Winston Churchill to President Roosevelt, requesting US support against Hitler; Clement Atlee to Harry S Truman following Hiroshima; the spies Burgess and Maclean; as well as the 'real Charlotte Gray' spy, Christine Granville, amongst others. Topics covered include the Monteagle letter that warned about the Gunpowder plot, letters from the Wright brothers trying to get the War Office to fund their aeronautical research, a dispatch on the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Christine Keeler's Russian-British love triangle that begat the Profumo affair, US disapproval of British trade with Cuba, a letter reporting on the first day of the trial of Nelson Mandela, and the anonymous letter that framed the Krays. The audiobook features approximately 80 letters, each with a 600-word essay, and a 3,000-word introduction.

©2016 The National Archives (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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In Their Own Words 2

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Letters, postcards, notes and telegraphs from the great and the good, the notorious and the downright wicked, shine a spotlight on a range of historical events and movements providing an immediate link to the immediate and much more distant past.  This audiobook includes letters from: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lucien Freud, Barbara Hepworth, Nelson Mandela, Caitlin Thomas, Mary Whitehouse, Gandhi, George Washington among many others.  Subjects covered include suffragette disturbances, obscene publications, relations between international leaders, child emigration including the Kindertransport.  The audiobook features 55 letters, each with a 600-word essay, and a 3000 word introduction.

©2018 The National Archives (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Behind the Lines

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For three years Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during US wars. Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first audiobook of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions expressed in times of war. Like Carroll's phenomenal national best seller War Letters, Behind the Lines is part of a larger effort to preserve correspondence that is riveting, insightful, and historically significant. This audiobook is also about Carroll's journey across the globe to visit the fields of battle where so many of these letters were written, meet with veterans and active duty troops who generously agreed to share their private correspondence, and speak with the family members who have lost their loved ones to combat. Behind the Lines is a tribute to those who have fought for freedom, as well as a lasting reminder to present and future generations of the true nature of warfare and the sacrifices it demands of individuals, families, and entire nations.

©2005 Andrew Carroll (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: Andrew Caroll
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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The Consolation of Nature

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Nature took on a new importance for thousands of people when the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Britain, providing solace in a time of great anxiety - not least because the crisis struck at the beginning of spring, the season of hope and renewal, and furthermore, in an extraordinary conjunction, the spring of 2020 turned out to be the loveliest spring ever recorded in Britain.  Three nature writers, living like everyone else under lockdown, but walking out each day to exercise, resolved to record their experiences of the coronavirus spring, in widely contrasting parts of the country. They did so to share with others their sense of the wonder, inspiration and delight the natural world can offer, and The Consolation of Nature is the enthralling account of what they discovered by literally walking out from their front doors.

©2020 Michael McCarthy, Jeremy Mynott, Peter Marren (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Journal [French Version]

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"Il y avait sûrement en 1942 des après-midi où la guerre et l'Occupation semblaient lointaines et irréelles dans ces rues. Sauf pour une jeune fille du nom d'Hélène Berr, qui savait qu'elle était au plus profond du malheur et de la barbarie ; mais impossible de le dire aux passants aimables et indifférents. Alors, elle écrivait un journal. Avait-elle le pressentiment que très loin dans l'avenir, on le lirait ? Ou craignait-elle que sa voix soit étouffée comme celles de millions de personnes massacrées sans laisser de traces ?" Patrick Modiano.

© Editions Tallandier, 2008© Audiolib, 2008

Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Inspirational Musings

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On our life's journey, there are major turning points. Falling, fracturing her hip, and then having surgery were experiences that forced Barbara Sinor to travel an unknown path. These experiences took her beyond her normal life to exploring emotions and thoughts in foreign regions. While Barbara was confined to a rehabilitation facility to recover, her inner journey took her through territories of fear, doubt, pain, guilt, and down other emotional paths.  Regardless of your personal struggle, the lessons in Inspirational Musings offer courage and insights to awaken and transform.

©2018 Barbara Sinor (P)2018 Barbara Sinor

Narrator: Heather Noel
Length: 45 mins
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Journal [French Version]

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"Il y avait sûrement en 1942 des après-midi où la guerre et l'Occupation semblaient lointaines et irréelles. Sauf pour une jeune fille du nom d'Hélène Berr, qui savait qu'elle était au plus profond du malheur et de la barbarie ; mais impossible de le dire aux passants aimables et indifférents. Alors, elle écrivait un journal. Avait-elle le pressentiment que très loin dans l'avenir, on le lirait ?" Patrick Modiano

©2008 / 2013 Editions Tallandier / Audiolib (P)2013 Audiolib

Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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Anguish

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My name is Quinn and in one night my life changed forever. I lost not only part of my family, but also a huge part of who I was. Struggling to make it through each dark day, uncertain of everything in my life, I’m barely living just existing until a professional suggests I start writing down my thoughts in a journal. My journals help me muddle through the personal and emotional baggage. Allow me to manage the past with all my Anguish; to function in the present plotting Vengeance; and to hope for my Awakening to a future full of all my dreams for a better life. That is, until my past comes full force into my present and threatens my future. And the only person who can help me is someone from my past. The same person who has been around in the shadows protecting me, even when I didn’t know he was there, apparently has always had my back.

©2015 DM Earl (P)2020 Dawn Earley dba DM Earl

Narrator: Nya Simpson
Author: D.M. Earl
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
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Non smettere di trasmettere

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Esiste un modo non impersonale di vivere i social? È possibile ridurre e non aumentare le distanze? Stabilire contatti "reali", anche se spesso la conoscenza è e resta soltanto "virtuale"? Si può rimanere se stessi, senza stravolgere la propria identità, né lasciarsi trascinare nel gioco, non sempre divertente o innocente, della finzione? Ci si può incontrare su un piano di autenticità e onestà intellettuale, evitando "post-verità" e "hate speech"? C'è posto per pensieri veri, parole vere, sentimenti ed emozioni vere? Ci possono essere profondità senza pesantezza, leggerezza senza banalità, dialettica senza polemica e confronto senza offesa? Claudio Baglioni ci dimostra di sì: tutto questo è possibile. E lo fa, utilizzando la forma antica e romantica della lettera, nell'universo veloce e distratto dei social, recuperando e dando fiato e tempo a quei pensieri e a quelle parole che il mondo social cerca, ma raramente è in grado di offrire. "Non smettere di trasmettere" raccoglie le vere e proprie lettere - non semplici post - che Baglioni scrive alle centinaia di migliaia di persone (800mila, attualmente) che lo seguono sul suo profilo Facebook. Lettere personali nel linguaggio e nella forza delle riflessioni, ma anche nei destinatari, dal momento che non sono indirizzate a una platea informe e anonima, ma pensate come un "da me a te" diretto, intimo e vero, frutto della sensibilità, della profondità, e della capacità di emozionare e appassionare che solo un grande artista ha.

©2017 La nave di Teseo Editore Srl (P)2019 Audible Studios

Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Correspondances

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Ne crois pas, ne crois pas, Alfred, que je puisse être heureuse avec la pensée d'avoir perdu ton cœur. Que j'aie été ta maîtresse ou ta mère, peu importe. Que je t'aie inspiré de l'amour ou de l'amitié ; que j'aie été heureuse ou malheureuse avec toi, tout cela ne change rien à l'état de mon âme à présent. Je sais que je t'aime et c'est tout. Veiller sur toi, te préserver de tout mal, de toute contrariété, t'entourer de distractions et de plaisirs, voilà tout le besoin et le regret que je sens depuis que je t'ai perdu. George Sand à Alfred de Musset, Venise, le 15 avril 1834

©Domaine public (P)2011 Éditions Thélème

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Melvilles Reisen

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Ein auf den Reisetagebüchern des großen Schriftstellers und Seefahrers basierendes Hörbuch, das ebenso viel über das Leben des Moby-Dick-Autors wie über seine Werke aussagt: Herman Melville hat drei große Reisen in seinem Leben unternommen, die ihn nach Europa, in das Heilige Land und in den vorderen Orient geführt haben und auf denen er so manch spannendes Abenteuer erlebt und die Welt kennengelernt hat.

©2002 SAGA Egmont (P)2021 SAGA Egmont

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Learning How to Fly

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Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had a great belief in the power of the youth. He met over 21 million children and young people in India and outside and spoke to them about the power of knowledge, ambition, moral behaviour and the need to bring about change in society. He travelled to almost every corner of the country meeting the youth in schools, universities and institutions and interacted with them like a committed teacher. In Learning How to Fly, some of his nearly 2,000 lectures have been compiled. These lectures were addressed to teachers and students in school and beyond. In each one of them he has spoken about preparing oneself best for life, to identify and overcome challenges and how to bring out the best within each individual. Through stories from his own life, those of his teachers and mentors as well as stories of some of the greatest men and women of the world, and the latest developments in science and technology, he shows us the importance of dreams and the hard work needed to turn those dreams into reality. Filled with warmth, inspiration and a positive attitude, Learning How to Fly is essential listening for every Indian, young and old.

©2016 APJM Nazema Maraikayar (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Peter Abraham
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Letters of a Nation

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Letters of a Nation is a unique and timeless collection of extraordinary letters spanning more than 350 years of American history, from the arrival of the Pilgrims to the present day. Many of the more than 200 letters are published here for the first time, and the correspondents are the celebrated and obscure, the powerful and powerless, including presidents, slaves, soldiers, prisoners, explorers, writers, revolutionaries, Native Americans, artists, religious and civil rights leaders, and people from all walks of life. From the serious (Harry Truman defending his use of the atomic bomb) to the surreal (Elvis Presley to Richard Nixon on fighting drugs in America), this collection of letters covers the full spectrum of human emotion, illuminates the American experience, and celebrates the simple yet lasting art of letter writing. The complete list of narrators includes Mirron Willis, Justine Eyre, Gabrielle De Cuir, Susan Hanfield, Stefan Rudnicki, Alex Hyde-White, Vikas Adam, Arthur Morey, John Rubinstein, Lisa Renee Pitts, and Paul Boehmer.

©1997 Kodansha America, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Letters of Note: Art

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A surprising and varied collection of letters on the subject of art curated by the founder of the globally popular Letters of Note website. The first volume in the best-selling Letters of Note series was a collection of hundreds of the world's most entertaining, inspiring, and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people.  From Virginia Woolf's heartbreaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression "OMG" in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter. Now, the curator of Letters of Note, Shaun Usher, gives us wonderful new volumes featuring letters organized around a universal theme. Featuring letters read by: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Louise Brealey, Simon Callow, Crystal Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Neil Gaiman, Toby Jones, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Stephen Mangan, Clarke Peters, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Strong and Meera Syal, and including bonus performances by Noel Fielding and Ian McKellen.

©2020 McClelland & Stewart (P)2020 McClelland & Stewart

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