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Idle Thought of an Idle Fellow

Summary

Jerome. K. Jerome allows us to laugh, with and at, both himself and ourselves, in his writing. As we peruse his “Idle Thoughts” on subjects ranging from babies to ambition, from dogs to poverty, we find that the dust of over a hundred years have not dimmed the mirror in which we look. Jerome, as in his other comic works, presents a seeming stream of consciousness that can shift in a moment from the ridiculous to the sublime, from self-deprecation to intense longing.  Such “Idle Thoughts” will not be in vain while we can still recognise that humanity changes very little over the ages, and while we can still laugh at ourselves. Narrated by Simon Hester with original music.

©2021 Simon Hester (P)2021 Simon Hester

Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

23 ratings

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Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.

©1985 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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The Living Mountain

5 ratings

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In this masterpiece of nature writing, beautifully narrated by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape. Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than 30 years before it was finally published.

©2019 Nan Shepherd (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Jeanette Winterson

2 ratings

Summary

Jeanette Winterson joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios in this exclusive interview. Jeanette discusses her latest collection of short stories (and recipes) for Christmas and the experience of recording audiobooks and shares some recommendations from her own library.

©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd

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Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

1 rating

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'Behind every great woman is a man who tried to stop her.' A century on from the first votes for women in the UK, award-winning author Jeanette Winterson asks what we still stand to learn from the Suffragettes. Examining recent women's rights movements, the worlds of politics and technology, social media and changes in the law, Winterson celebrates how far we have come but demands that we do more. There is still so far to go, so much courage we still need to find.    Witty and wise, incisive and inspiring, Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere is a powerful reminder of the need for true equality and an urgent call to arms.

©2018 Jeanette Winterson (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food

2 ratings

Summary

Penguin Random House Audio presents How To Eat, written and read by Nigella Lawson. With an introduction by Jeanette Winterson.

Relax and relish Nigella Lawson's delicious prose in her revelatory cookery book, published as an audiobook for the first time to celebrate 20 years of How to Eat. 

When Nigella Lawson’s first book, How to Eat, was published in 1998, two things were immediately clear: that this fresh and fiercely intelligent voice would revolutionise cookery writing and that How to Eat was an instant classic of the genre.  

Here was a versatile culinary bible, through which a generation discovered how to feel at home in the kitchen and found the confidence to experiment and adapt recipes to their own needs. This was the book to reach for when hastily organising a last-minute supper with friends, when planning a luxurious weekend lunch or contemplating a store-cupboard meal for one, or when trying to tempt a fussy toddler. This was a book about home cooking for busy lives. 

The chief revelation was the writing. Rather than a set of intimidating instructions, Nigella’s recipes provide inspiration. She has a gift for finding the right word to spark the listener's imagination, evoking the taste of the ingredients, the simple, sensual pleasures of the practical process, the deep reward of the finished dish. Passionate, trenchant, convivial and wise, Nigella’s prose demands to be savoured and ensures that the joy and value of How to Eat will endure for decades to come. Nigella's audiobook of How To Eat is a feast for the ears. You'll be ready to head into the kitchen and take on anything with Nigella’s voice guiding you through.

©2014 Nigella Lawson (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
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Christmas Days

6 ratings

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For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmastime, and here she brings together 12 of her brilliantly imaginative, funny, and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmas - a time of celebration, sharing, and giving - she offers these 12 plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales open a portal into the spirit of the season, when time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house to a disappearing train, Winterson's innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas, perfect for listening to by the fire with loved ones or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

©2016 Jeanette Winterson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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