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  • Wilkie Collins

    BBC radio productions of the finest works of Wilkie Collins: sensation novelist, early master of the mystery story, and pioneer of detective fiction Wilkie Collins was one of Victorian England's best-loved and best-selling authors, and a crime fiction pioneer. His enthralling 'sensation novels' such as The Woman in White paved the way for today's thrillers, and his tour de force The Moonstone is one of the first, and greatest, modern detective stories. This collection features dramatisations of these two masterpieces, with star casts including Toby Stephens (The Woman in White) and John Sharp (The Moonstone). Also included are adaptations of three of Collins' other major novels: No...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Claimed as the first detective story in the English language, Wilkie Collins weaves his classic mystery through a series of narratives by various characters in the book who had first hand knowledge surrounding the disappearance of a large valuable yellow diamond (the Moonstone) from the room of its young owner, Rachel Verinder. Miss Verinder was bequeathed the diamond by a ne'er-do-well uncle who looted the jewel from the statue of the Hindu Moon God during the siege of Seringapatam-since which, Hindu Priests were bound and determined to recover the diamond and return it to its rightful place in the forehead of the statue of the god. AUTHOR Wilkie Collins William Wilkie Collins (1824 -...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Toby Stephens and Juliet Aubrey star in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Wilkie Collins’ chilling Gothic drama A lonely stretch of road on Hampstead Heath is the venue for Walter Hartright’s midnight first encounter with a mysteriously distressed figure in white. As he helps the woman to escape from unnamed pursuers, he has little understanding of the way she will affect his future. At Limmeridge House, in Cumberland, Walter meets and falls in love with Laura, who strangely resembles the woman in white. She, however, is soon to marry the financially embarrassed Sir Percival Glyde. Events at Limmeridge take a surprising turn when Anne Catherick arrives, and Walter...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins - Supernatural Volume 3. From the pen of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, comes a collection of lesser known, yet equally magnificent Supernatural Stories! Volume Three contains MISS JEROMETTE AND THE CLERYMAN (read by Sean Connolly), NINE O'CLOCK (read by Luke Harrison) and WHO KILLED ZEBEDEE (read by Murray Melvin). Be prepared to be terrified and entertained as Wilkie Collins's disturbing tales of ghosts, deadly visions and family curses come to life in this fantastic new collection from Fantom Films. Directed by Helen Oakleigh with Ian...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Originally published as 'A Marriage Tragedy' in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1858. William, the narrator and faithful servant to rich widow, Mrs Norcross, tells the story of her unhappy second marriage to James Smith. A detective lawyer's clerk, Mr Dark, both confirms Smith's bigamous remarriage and, following his disappearance, proves Mrs Norcross and William innocent of murder. Dark also recovers jewellery stolen by the maidservant and establishes her guilt. William's amiable relationship with the experienced detective foreshadows that between Betteredge and Cuff in The Moonstone (1868). AUTHOR William Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) was a very popular Victorian...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Originally published as 'The Duel in Herne Wood' in The Spirit of the Times, 22 December 1877. Captain Stanwick and Lionel Varleigh are old friends but after falling out over their attentions to Bertha Laroche fight an illegal duel in Herne Wood. Stanwick wrongly thinks he has killed Varleigh and goes mad, killing himself with a razor, when his supposed victim returns like an apparition from the dead. Varleigh is acquitted of murder and marries Bertha. AUTHOR William Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) was a very popular Victorian novelist and a close friend and collaborator of Charles Dickens. Collins was a prolific writer, publishing not only novels, but many plays, short stories and...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Six of Wilkie Collins' best short stories: The Dead Hand The Devil's Spectacles Major Namby Nine O'Clock A Terribly Strange Bed My Black...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins was a prolific writer of short stories. Always original, his combination of cleverly constructed plots and believable characters has made him one of our most widely read authors. In 'The Dead Hand', a visitor to Doncaster in race week is forced by circumstances to spend the night at an inauspicious inn; while an evening at a Paris gambling-house ends in near tragedy for the narrator in 'A Terribly Strange Bed'. In 'The Dream Woman', a nightmarish apparition exerts a sinister blight on a man's life. This collection is read for you by Richard Mitchley, who has worked in theatre throughout Britain as well as directing and acting with his Mayfly theatre company and Ian Holm, one...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins. Supernatural Stories Volume 2. From the pen of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, comes a collection of lesser known, yet equally magnificent Supernatural Stories! Volume Two features A TERRIBLY STRANGE BED (read by Luke Harrison), MRS ZANT AND THE GHOST (read by Murray Melvin) and BLOW UP THE BRIG (read by Phil Reynolds). Be prepared to be terrified and entertained as Wilkie Collins's disturbing tales of ghosts, deadly visions and family curses come to life in this fantastic new collection from Fantom Films. Directed by Helen Oakleigh with Dexter...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins was born on January 8th, 1824 at 11, New Cavendish Street in Marylebone, London. A novelist, playwright and author of short stories, William Wilkie Collins was a hugely popular and influential figure in Victorian literature, and this was further enhanced by his charm and flamboyant lifestyle. He was a friend of Charles Dickens and eventually they collaborated on several projects and magazines. His own vast talents outshone most other literary figures of the day and he is credited with the introduction of the modern detective story with his work ‘The Woman in White’. Other notable achievements were ‘The Moonstone’, ‘All Year Round’ and ‘Amadale’. In all...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Wilkie Collins was born on January 8th, 1824 at 11, New Cavendish Street in Marylebone, London. A novelist, playwright and author of short stories, William Wilkie Collins was a hugely popular and influential figure in Victorian literature, and this was further enhanced by his charm and flamboyant lifestyle. He was a friend of Charles Dickens and eventually they collaborated on several projects and magazines. His own vast talents outshone most other literary figures of the day and he is credited with the introduction of the modern detective story with his work ‘The Woman in White’. Other notable achievements were ‘The Moonstone’, ‘All Year Round’ and ‘Amadale’. In all...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Two tales from the golden age of supernatural fiction The Haunted House at Latchford by Mrs. J. H. Riddell Mrs. J. H. Riddell excelled at blending the realistic and supernatural elements in her stories. In Essex she found the right dreary setting for The Haunted House at Latchford, “where beyond the fated house and ruined garden lay the belt of pine trees and the lake of the dismal swamp, which had furnished Crow Hall with no less than two tragedies.” The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins Like Edgar Allan Poe before him and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle after, Wilkie Collins shifted easily from rational domains to the “superrational.” The Haunted Hotel exhibits the same...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    'The Dream Woman' is a novella by Wilkie Collins, telling the story of Francis Raven, a young man who dreams that a strange woman is trying to kill him. Eventually, he marries a woman who looks exactly like the one from his dream. This novella is a cosy mystery that leaves readers with more questions than answers. A lot of guesswork is needed, and the reader is often disturbed by the occurrences, not knowing what or how it came to this. The femme fatale mystery, as well as the supernatural and dream-like episodes turn the story into a compelling read that fans of supernatural crime and mystery fiction will love. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins is one of the forefathers of detective fiction, cementing the foundations of the genre. At the centre of it lays the theft of a diamond, dating in origin from a religious Indian shrine, which prompts detective Sergeant Cuff to take up the case. It is an absolute page-turner of a story and goes through the accounts of the different characters, winding and meandering from fact to fiction and vice versa. A tale of romance, theft, murder, and mystery, 'The Moonstone' is a central text for the genre, recommended to all readers of fiction. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    A series of BBC Radio short stories, comprising of classic and period dramas featuring four female sleuths to rival Sherlock Holmes himself. The Redhill Sisterhood by Catherine Louisa Pirkis Autumn,1897. Victorian undercover agent Loveday Brooke investigates some suspicious nuns who appear to have forsaken their vows – and turned to burglary. Mr Bovey’s Unexpected Will by LT Meade and Robert Eustace Brilliant, beautiful Miss Florence Cusack is one of Victorian London’s most respected consulting detectives. Here, she investigates the extraordinary case of a man whose fate depends on his weight in gold. The Golden Slipper by Anna Katharine Green Vivacious debutante Violet...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Jessie Buckley, Richard Cordery, Julian Wadham, David Sturzaker, Hugh Fraser, Bruce Alexander, Oscar Batterham, Matthew Spencer, James MacCallum, Stewart Clarke and Jot Davies. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Sandra Kemp. The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    John Zebedee was found killed with a knife in the night. Who killed him, cloaked in darkness? With just days to live, a dying policeman finally reflects on the many cases of his career. The case stands out amongst the rest: the case of John Zebedee. The case that changed his life forever. He candidly reveals his involvement in a murder case many years before. As a young police constable in London, he recalls how a young woman burst in with news of a gruesome killing... Detective story by Wilkie Collins, first published in...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    Most of Wilkie Collins’ later work was disparaged by the critics for espousing causes. Swinburne commente ‘What brought good Wilkies genius nigh perdition?Some demon whispered—‘Wilkie! Have a mission’ Despite this the ‘novelist of sensation’ continued to appeal to the public with the construction of ingenious and meticulous plots.He had been the first to write a full length detective novel but also wrote love stories and ‘The Two Destinies’ is a fine example, the author adding a hint of the supernatural to tempt the Victorians’ interest in mesmerism and the occult. Mary and George love each other in early childhood but Georges’ father tears them apart, not believing...read more

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Gothic Tales Of Terror - Volume5. This collection of short stories contains several gothic tales to bear macabre and chilling witness to writers as diverse as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Gaskell, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins and Edith Nesbit. These tales are designed to unsettle you, just a little, as you sit back, and take in their words as they lead you on a walk to places you'd perhaps rather not visit on your own. Our stories are The Wedding Knell by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe, Dream Woman by Wilkie Collins and Edith Nesbit by The Ebony Frame. These stories are read for you by many readers including...read more

  • Wilkie Collins

    The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859-1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be to the first mystery novel, and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of 'sensation novels'.... The Woman in White is also an early example of a particular type of Collins narrative in which several characters in turn take up the telling of the story. This creates a complex web in which readers are unsure which narrator can, and cannot, be trusted. Collins used this technique in his other novels, including The Moonstone. This technique was copied by other novelists, including Bram Stoker, author...read more