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Bamboo Heart

Summary

Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and lugging wood. Struck down by disease and tortured by Japanese guards, he must stay strong - for Tom has made himself a promise: to return home. Not to London, where he once lived, but to Penang, where he found paradise and love. London, 1986: Laura Ellis, a successful lawyer, turns her back on her yuppie existence and travels to South East Asia to retrace her father's past. In the place where her father once suffered and survived, she will finally find out how he got his Bamboo Heart.

©2017 Ann Bennett (P)2017 Oakhill Publishing

Narrator: Janice McKenzie
Author: Ann Bennett
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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The Secrets We Left Behind

Summary

It was a summer of love and a summer of secrets.... She has built a good life: a husband who adores her, a daughter she is fiercely proud of, a home with warmth and love at its heart. But things were not always so good, and the truth is that she has done things she can never admit. Then one evening a phone call comes out of the blue. It is a voice from long ago, from a past that she has tried so hard to hide. Scott knows who she really is and what she has done. Now he is dying and he gives her an ultimatum: either she tells the truth, or he will. And so we are taken back to that long, hot summer of 1976, to a house by the sea, where her story begins and where the truth will be revealed....

©2015 Susan Elliot Wright (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Janice McKenzie
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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The Invention of Murder

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A deeply engaging and completely original book about nineteenth-century Britain’s fascination with good quality murder. Murder in nineteenth-century Britain was ubiquitous – not necessarily in quantity but in quality. This was the era of penny-bloods, early crime fiction and melodramas for the masses. This was a time when murder and entertainment were firmly entwined. In this meticulously researched and compelling book, Judith Flanders, author of Consuming Passions, takes us back in time to explore some of the most gripping, gruesome and mind-boggling murders of the nineteenth-century. Covering the crimes (and myths) of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper, as well as the lesser known but equally shocking acts of Burke and Hare, and Thurtell and Hunt, Flanders looks at how murder was regarded by the wider British population – and how it became a form of popular entertainment. Filled to the brim with rich source material – ranging from studies of plays, novels and contemporary newspaper articles, A Social History of Murder brings to life a neglected dimension of British social history in a completely new and exciting way.

©2011 Judith Flanders (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Janice McKenzie
Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
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The Butcher's Daughter

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It is 1535, and Agnes Peppin, daughter of a West Country butcher, is banished from her family home. Forced to abandon her newborn child, she is meant to live out her days cloistered behind the walls of Shaftesbury Abbey. But King Henry VIII has proclaimed himself the new head of the church. Religious houses are being suppressed, and the great Abbey is no exception to the purge. Free to be the master of her own fate, Agnes descends into a world she knows little about, using her wits and testing her moral convictions against her need to survive by any means necessary....

©2018 Victoria Glendinning (P)2018 Oakhill Publishing

Narrator: Janice McKenzie
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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