Germany, 1939. A tumbledown farmhouse, on the outskirts of a close-knit village in the heart of the rolling hills of Bavaria. A once happy family home torn apart by Nazi rule. And one young girl who refuses to give up on what she believes in.... London, 2018: When 94-year-old Imogen receives a letter addressed to her in neat, unfamiliar handwriting, she notices the postmark is stamped from Germany - and it sends shivers down her spine.... Germany, 1939: Thirteen-year-old Magda is devastated by the loss of her best friend, shy and gentle Lotte, cruelly snatched from her and sent to a concentration camp the Star of David sewn on her faded, brown coat. As the Nazis power takes hold, Magda realises shes not like the other girls in her German village - she hates the fanatical new rules of the Hitler Youth. So Magda secretly joins The White Rose Movement and begins to rebel against the oppressive, frightening world around her. But when an English bomber pilot crashes in a field near Magdas home she is faced with an impossible choice: to risk the safety of her family or to save a stranger and make a difference in the devastating war that has claimed the lives of so many. Little does she know, her actions will have the power to change the life of another girl, on the other side of enemy lines, forever.... Inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching, gripping and absolutely unforgettable tale of the strength of human kindness in a time of unimaginable heartbreak. Fans of Orphan Train, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Book Thief will be utterly gripped by this beautiful, sweeping, World War Two novel.
©2019 Debbie Rix (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
England in the 14th Century. Twelve-year-old Robins 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.
©2019 Audible, Ltd (P)2020 Audible, Ltd
With the death of her first love in the Great War, independent-minded Eglantine Thorpe decides to devote herself to school teaching. Rejecting a proposal of marriage, she weathers the storms ahead alone, until young Nell enters her life. Bright, fearless, and outspoken, Nell becomes the daughter Eglantine never had.
©1982 Margeret Bacon (P)2005 Oakhill Publishing Ltd.
Danger and violence have always been part of Sue Dalston's East End upbringing. Unloved by her mother, abused by her father, and brutalised throughout her entire marriage, she smashed her husband's skull in a final act of desperation. All that keeps her sane knows that she's done it to protect her four children. At last, they are safe from harm. When she is celled up with murderess Matilda Enderby, their fates become inextricably linked. And no one - least of all Sue - could have predicted the consequences...
©1999 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital
Tessa O'Leary is the only daughter in a family of fatherless boys. When her mother dies, she's her brothers' lifeline to survival. So for Tessa the privations of war are just another battle to be fought for a young woman who was born fighting.... Elizabeth Harrison is oppressed by her shopkeeper mother's snobbish expectations and it seems that the coming war could offer her an escape from her family's emotional ties - but at what cost? The Ties That Bind is the unpause-able story of two young girls in the slum-lands of war-wracked Liverpool, bound together by a friendship that surmounts disaster, poverty and heartbreak....
©1999 Lyn Andrews (P)2012 Headline Digital
Do the friendships you make on holiday have anything to do with real life? It might be sensible to hope that they dont. For the last few years, Beth and Ned have gone to the same Caribbean island to the same luxury spa hotel. There they meet the same crowd, and take up where they left off last time. Real life, home life, family life, are all safely left behind. Except this year. This year, home problems have somehow tagged along for the ride. Ned has been playing away - shy; a bit of a drunken fling, thats all, nothing to worry about, Beth thinks. But although they have put it all behind them, what Beth doesnt know is that Neds fling was with the female half of one of the couples they are holidaying with.To make matters worse, Beth has insisted on bringing along their 16-year-old daughter, Delilah, who¹s been ill and needs rest and sunshine. Not so ill, however, that she cant look around for some entertainment
©2005 Judy Astley (P)2009 Random House Audio
Brand Management. Bernice Summerfield needs a job. Professor Harry Burtenshaw thinks shes just the ticket. But with the people of Lyndyaz celebrating their most important festival and the ruling Dominicci Corporation maintaining control with draconian glee, has Bernice turned up in the wrong place at the wrong time? Bad Habits. Meet Sister Bernice - newest initiate into the order of Saint Celestion. Such is her devotion to the faith that she has undertaken a pilgrimage to the planet Agora, birthplace of the blessed saint himself. The pilgrims arent alone, however. Also on the planet is a team of archaeologists searching for the lost tomb of Celestion - a subject in which Sister Bernice seems curiously interested.... In her quest to unearth an ancient relic that will point the way to Legion, Bernice will face some fearsome challenges: the dreaded Blood Beast of Thaloon, the randiest bishop in the galaxy and an ancient cult with some very bad habits indeed.... Paradise Frost. Kaff Zarnak was once the holiday destination of choice for the rich and famous. At least it was until the planet spun off its axis, and a deadly virus wiped out its population. Now its absolutely the last place anyone wants to visit: a barren, ice-encrusted wasteland sitting amongst the stars. So when Bernice and her loud-mouthed cab driver, Ray, are drawn off course, its fair to say that theyve both had better days. Taking refuge inside the Xanadu Tower resort, the trio encounter Kaff Zarnaks only survivors...and maybe the only remaining clue to what took place there. But food supplies are low, Sandroaches are attacking on every side, and the only hope of their survival seems to be locked at the top of the Tower. Perhaps theres a reason what happens on Kaff Zarnak stays on Kaff Zarnak....
©2012 Big Finish Productions (P)2012 Big Finish Productions
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....
©2015 Big Finish Productions (P)2015 Big Finish Productions
Secrets and haunting mysteries.... A wonderfully powerful and poignant historical novel from the author of the TV Book Club best seller The Legacy. Bath, 1821: Rachel Crofton escapes her unhappy employment as a governess by marrying a self-made businessman. But her new life soon takes an unexpected turn. Reclusive Jonathan Alleyn is a man tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice. Starling, foundling child and now servant, is convinced that Alice, the woman she loved as a sister, was stolen from her. Did Alice run away? Or did something altogether more sinister occur? As Starling tries to expose the lies behind Bath's immaculate facades, others want only to forget, and will go to extreme lengths to do so. And the courage both Rachel and Starling need to bring these truths to light will come at a very high price.... Read by Jacqueline King.
©2013 Katherine Webb (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group