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The Waringham Chronicles, Volume 1: The Runaway

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England in the 14th Century. Twelve-year-old Robin’s world is turned upside down when his father, the Earl of Waringham, dies in disgrace. His inheritance lost and his family name dishonoured, the penniless Robin must begin a new life as a peasant on his own estate. He soon makes an enemy in Mortimer, the spoiled young son of the new Earl. As the years pass and the boys enter adulthood, Robin flees Waringham to seek his fortune abroad. In Aquitaine he encounters the Black Prince and the charismatic Duke of Lancaster, and against all odds he begins to restore his position among the nobility. But Robin will need all his ingenuity to navigate these most dangerous and turbulent of times. In the first of a six-part epic, medieval Europe is brought to life in a multi-cast drama based on the novels by Rebecca Gable, author of the Scarlet City trilogy.  Narrated by Miriam Margolyes, OBE (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Romeo + Juliet, Mulan) and featuring a full cast.   Featuring: Ethan Alston, Daniel Anthony, Gareth Armstrong, Nick Brimble, Imogen Church, Clare Corbett, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Barnaby Edwards, Jonathan Firth, Philip Franks, Raj Ghatak, Anthony Howell, Samuel Ide, Joe Jameson, Mack Keith-Roach, Jacqueline King, Damian Lynch, Michael Maloney, Miriam Margolyes, Barry McCarthy, George Naylor, Nicholas Pegg, Vineeta Rishi, Paul Shelley and Finty Williams.

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The Waringham Chronicles, Volume 3: Revolutions

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At the age of 30, Robin is an Earl at last - but not the Earl of Waringham, the ancestral title that he still hopes to win back one day from the evil Mortimer.  England has seen other changes too: Edward III is dead and his successor, the boy king Richard II, is at odds with his uncle, the Duke of Lancaster. The introduction of a hated new poll tax brings about one of the most dangerous episodes in English history and Robin finds himself embroiled in the Peasants’ Revolt.  As the years pass, his old enemies continue to move against him and with the stability of England under increasing threat from an unpredictable and incompetent King, Robin finally joins forces with Lancaster and his son, Henry, in a revolution which aims to secure the nation’s future. And as he finds himself helplessly in love with the wife of his oldest and most implacable enemy, the stage is set for Robin’s final showdown with Mortimer. In the third instalment of a six-part epic, Medieval Europe is brought to life in a multi-cast drama based on the novels by Rebecca Gable, author of the Scarlet City trilogy. Featuring: Tom Alexander, Gareth Armstrong, Maxim Baldry, Tim Bentinck, Nick Brimble, Charlie Condou, Clare Corbett, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Jacob Dudman, Richard Earl, Barnaby Edwards, Jonathan Firth, Genevieve Gaunt, Raj Ghatak, Helen Goldwyn, Derek Griffiths, Jonny Hibbs, Edward Holtom, Will Howard, Anthony Howell, Joe Jameson, Mack Keith-Roach, Rosalyn Landor, Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Damian Lynch, Michael Maloney, Miriam Margolyes, Leith McAllister, Glen McCready, Harry Mead, Tony Millan, Darin Nagada, George Naylor, Nicholas Pegg, David Seddon, Sam Stafford, Dan Starkey, Joseph Timms, Alexander Vlahos, Lizzie Waterworth-Santo, Finty Williams, Gabby Wong and Becky Wright.  Directed by Barnaby Edwards.

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The Waringham Chronicles, Volume 2: The Wheel of Fortune

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Robin has made a powerful ally in the Duke of Lancaster. But he has made powerful enemies too: not only his childhood adversary Mortimer, but the sadistic knight Peter de Gray. Returning to England, he is awarded the fiefdom of Fernbrook in Lancashire, where he meets the beautiful noblewoman Joanna.  But the wheel of fortune keeps turning and as the years pass Robin and his friends must face trials and tragedies: plague, war and political intrigue are never far away. And when Fernbrook falls into the covetous hands of the irredeemably wicked young Earl of Burton, Robin must confront horrors at home which rival even the bloodshed he has experienced in the ongoing wars against France.... In the second installment of a six-part epic, Medieval Europe is brought to life in a multi-cast drama based on the novels by Rebecca Gable, author of the Scarlet City trilogy. Featuring: Gareth Armstrong, Tim Bentinck, Will Bishop, Gabriel Clark, Clare Corbett, Raymond Coulthard, Gareth David-Lloyd, Barnaby Edwards, Jonathan Firth, Philip Franks, Raj Ghatak, Helen Goldwyn, Anthony Howell, Joe Jameson, Jacqueline King, Rosalyn Landor, Damian Lynch, Michael Maloney, Miriam Margolyes, Tony Millan, Darin Nagada, Nisha Nayar, George Naylor, Steven Pacey, Nicholas Pegg, Vineeta Rishi, Dan Starkey, Alexander Vlahos, Lizzie Waterworth-Santo, Finty Williams, Sophie Winkleman and Becky Wright.

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The Fall

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What would you do if the man you love was accused of murder? Bad things never happen to Charlotte. She's living the life she's always wanted and about to marry wealthy banker, Dan. But Dan's been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge. After he's arrested for the vicious killing of a nightclub owner, Charlotte's future is shattered. Then she opens her door to Keisha, an angry and frustrated stranger with a story to tell. Convinced of Dan's innocence, Charlotte must fight for him - even if it means destroying her perfect life. But what Keisha knows threatens everyone she loves, and puts her own life in danger. DC Matthew Hegarty is riding high on the success of Dan's arrest. But he's finding it difficult to ignore his growing doubts as well as the beautiful and vulnerable Charlotte. Can he really risk it all for what's right? Three stories. One truth. They all need to brace themselves for the fall.

©2012 Claire McGowan (P)2012 Headline Digital

Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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A Short History of London

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Brought to you by Penguin. 

London: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place - not even included in the Domesday Book - became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.

From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. Based in part on his own witness of the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, he shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. This is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.

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Narrator: Anthony Howell
Category: History, Europe
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
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The Black Prince

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Brought to you by Penguin. Vintage Classics Murdoch: Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the 20th century. To celebrate her centenary, Vintage Classics presents special editions of her greatest and most timeless novels. Every artist is an unhappy lover. And unhappy lovers want to tell their story. Ex-tax collector and author of two unpopular novels, Bradley Pearson wishes to devote his retirement to writing a masterpiece. But the doorbell and the phone keep ringing and every ring brings with it an ex-wife, a friend in need, a sister in trouble or a young woman seeking a teacher and so dusty, selfish Bradley is plunged into the muddles and mysteries which will end in his doom. Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 1973.

©1973 Iris Murdoch (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Anthony Howell
Author: Iris Murdoch
Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
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Great Nature Poems

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An anthology of over 40 classic nature poems, read by some of our finest actors. The majesty of nature has always inspired poets, and this collection contains a selection of the very best verses praising the natural world. There are poems celebrating the seasons (Robert Browning's 'Home Thoughts from Abroad', Shakespeare's 'Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind' and Gerald Manley Hopkins' 'Spring'), the sweetness of birdsong (Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale', Thomas Hardy's 'The Darkling Thrush', and Shelley's 'To a Skylark'), the simple beauty of plants and flowers (Wordsworth's 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', A. E. Housman's 'Loveliest of Trees', 'The Cherry Now', and Andrew Marvell's 'The Garden'), and the melancholy and wild mystery of nature (Rudyard Kipling's 'The Way Through the Woods', Yeats' 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'). Evocatively read by Anthony Howell, Claire Rushbrook, David Schofield and Michael Maloney, these poems are sure to induce a sense of wonder.

©2012 AudioGO Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles Volume 11

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'Brother', by Nigel Fairs. Auron scientist Gustav Nyrron is back aboard the Liberator, on his way home. But Avon does not trust him, and soon a drugged Nyrron wakes to find himself in Avon’s clutches on a devastated world. In this desert, their pasts are waiting for them...and a devastating truth that will shake their very beliefs to the core. 'Poison', by Iain McLaughlin. Federation Freighter Antares is a ship with many secrets. Why is it making regular runs to a heavily guarded frontier world? Why is the hold out of bounds? And who is watching the crew’s every move?Events take a dangerous turn when two new recruits come on board. Will Jance and Voss survive their very first mission together? 'Escape From Destiny', by Andrew Smith. When the Liberator receives a distress signal from a planet it once helped save, Cally and Vila journey to a civilisation on the brink of collapse. There, they encounter Pasco, a scientist Cally first met years ago. The Federation is closing on Destiny - but should Vila and Cally stand in the way this time? Directed by: Lisa Bowerman, Louise Jameson.

©2015 Big Finish Productions (P)2015 Big Finish Productions

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The Confessions of Dorian Gray Series 04

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Inspired by Oscar Wilde's classic story of hedonism and corruption, The Confessions of Dorian Gray imagines a world where Dorian Gray was real, and his friendship with Oscar Wilde once spawned the notorious novel.

Starring Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray, this fourth series of supernatural horror stories comprises eight original half-hour episodes.

1. 'The Enigma of Dorian Gray' by Roy Gill. Salford, 1968. Dorian returns to one of his former universities, having been summoned by his old friend, Adam Notting. Instead he is greeted by BEAUTY: the product of Notting's research into artificial intelligence. But is BEAUTY all it seems to be? And what of the BEAST?

2. 'Freya' by Sam Stone. Scandinavia, 1974. After rescuing a young woman from the middle of a desolate forest, Dorian realises they're not alone. There's something else in the woodland with them - something following them - and it won't give up until it's finally tracked them down.

3. 'Human Remains' by James Goss. London, 1998. To alleviate a typical bout of boredom, Dorian decides to have his appendix removed - again - and checks himself into "a very nice private hospital". However, upon his recovery, he sees a hideous creature stalking the wards. Is it just a side effect of the drugs, his mind playing tricks...or is there something more sinister going on at Melrose Hospital?

4. 'His Dying Breath' by George Mann. London, 1929. The Bright Young Things of the city are living life to the full when a series of unusual murders strikes the capital. It isn't long before Dorian finds himself singled out as a suspect and has to clear his name. But how do you prove your innocence when the killer might not even be human?

5. 'Banshee' by Xanna Eve Chown. County Meath, 1900. After one of Dorian's friends acquires a house on the Emerald Isle, Dorian travels with him to Ireland to inspect the estate. There they find a house in disrepair...and a supernatural tenant desperate to vacate the premises.

6. 'The Abysmal Sea' by David Llewellyn. Greece, 1974. In a last-bid attempt to save their flagging relationship, Dorian Gray and Alyssa Symes embark on a simple sailing holiday in the Aegean. But the deep, still waters hide a terrible danger, and they may end up losing more than just each other.

7. 'Inner Darkness' by Mark B. Oliver. Iceland, 2009. When a mission to finally see the northern lights turns sour, Dorian finds himself stranded in the middle of nowhere. It is only after the kindness of one of the locals that he is rescued and learns that there may be more to the local legends than meets the eye.

8. 'The Living Image' by Matt Fitton. England, 1949. A chance encounter on a train propels Dorian into the lives of Mr and Mrs Moore. To him their lives are ordinary, mundane: the kind of lives he's always striven to rise above. However, the grass is always greener....

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