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  • BBC Audiobooks

    Favourite songs and rhymes to join in and have fun with! A fantastic collection of twenty songs, nursery rhymes, stories, puzzles and tongue-twisters performed by Sophie Aldred and Richard Mitchley. Join in with actions, words and games! The songs and rhymes include: The Animal Fair The Bear Went Over the Mountain Who Cares if the Bear? The Animal Song How Doth the Little Crocodile The Pelican's Beak The Day the Animals Lost Their Voices 5 Little Monkeys The Animals Went in Two By Two Odd One Out Froggy Went A' Courting A Elephant Goes Like This and That Incy Wincy Spider What's the Time Mr Wolf? 1-2-3-4-5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive B-I-N-G-O Baa Baa Black...read more

  • Susan Cooper

    Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil. And now it is Will's task to wake--with the golden harp--the six who must be roused from their long slumber in the Welsh hills to prepare for the last battle between the Dark and the...read more

  • Terry Pratchett

    IF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE? As the mighty alien fleet from the latest computer game thunders across the screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons . . . But it's only a game, isn't it. Isn't it? The first book in the Johnny Maxwell...read more

  • Terry Pratchett

    In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet... That's the old story everyone knows and loves (even if they don't really believe it). But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples and there's a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry mouls - and of two Munrung brothers, who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened. It's a story that will come to a terrible end - if someone doesn't do something about it. If everyone doesn't do something about it... A hilarious fantasy, co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen,...read more

  • Terry Pratchett

    Johnny Maxwell and his friends have to do something when they find Mrs Tachyon, the local bag lady, semi-conscious in an alley . . . as long as it's not the kiss of life. But there's more to Mrs Tachyon than a squeaky trolley and a bunch of dubious black bags. Somehow she holds the key to different times, different ears - including the Blackbury Blitz in 1941. Suddenly now isn't the safe place Johnny once thought it was as he finds himself caught up more and more with then . . . SMARTIES PRIZE, SILVER MEDAL WINNERSHORTLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL AND THE CHILDREN'S BOOK...read more

  • Terry Pratchett

    This is the next in the popular series featuring Johnny Maxwell. Johnny can see the dead, and the dead are beginning to see just how much fun it is to be alive, in another terrific tale from the master of comic fantasy Terry...read more

  • Christopher Potter

    You Are Here is a dazzling exploration of the universe and our relationship to it. It is the story of how something evolved from nothing, and how something became everything. It is the story of science: the greatest story ever told. Here, for the first time in a single span, is the life of the universe, from quarks to galaxy super-clusters, and from slime to Homo sapiens. The universe was once a moment of perfect symmetry, and is now 13.7 billion years of history. Clouds of gas were woven into whatever complexity we find in the universe today: the hierarchies of stars, or the brains of mammals. With wit and erudition, Christopher Potter takes us on a voyage beyond even time and...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

  • F Scott Fitzgerald

    In these four semi-autobiographical stories Fitzgerald highlights some of the absurdities of Hollywood. They feature Pat Hobby, a down-on-his-luck scriptwriter. In the course of his adventures neither the stars, producers nor, least of all, the writers are spared from Fitzgerald's demolishing wit. These superb examples of short fiction succeed in mocking both success and failure as they deliver their sting with deadly humour. These stories are read for you by Richard Mitchley who has worked in theatres throughout Britain as well as the BBC and ITV and his own Mayfly Theatre...read more

  • Kate Chopin

    Katherine O'Flaherty, far better known as Kate Chopin, is widely considered to be one of our greatest novelists excelling especially with her many short stories. Born in Louisiana her Creole, Cajun, Irish and French background would help to provide a rich source of ideas for her literary works. Regarded as one of the foremost exponents of feminist writers her stories not only give women a voice but views society from their viewpoint usually with an unexpected twist. This collection of stories are The Kiss, A Pair Of Silk Stockings, The Story Of An Hour, A Respectable Woman, The Storm, The Lillies & Ma'ame Pelagie and are read for you by Richard Mitchley, Eve Karpf and Ghizela...read more

  • Rudyard Kipling

    Rudyard Kipling - A Selection Of Ghost Stories. Rudyard Kipling that great Victorian, that great writer of Empire, that great man; from 'The Jungle Book' to 'The Man Who Would Be King' to a great and voluminous poet with works of the calibre of 'If' and 'On The Road To Mandalay' here shows us another facet of his truly incredible talents; that of Ghost Stories. Collected for the pleasure of your thoughts are a selection of chilling, disturbing but always entertaining stories from a man at the top of his craft and always aware of his affect on the minds of us mere mortals. These stories are read for you by Richard Mitchley and Ghizela...read more

  • Jules Verne

    Jules Verne - The Short Stories. The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel. But it is an art in itself. To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task. Many try and many fail. In this series we look at short stories from many of our most accomplished writers. Miniature masterpieces with a lot to say. In this volume we examine some of the short stories of Jules Verne. When we think of Jules Verne we think of science fiction and wonderful exploits full of adventure way beyond their time. So we are delighted here to bring you some of Verne's shorter works that will take you on a...read more

  • JM Barrie

    Humour, A Short Story Collection. The British, it is often said, have a stiff upper lip and a dry sense of humour. Its true, we usually do and in the case of this perfect compendium of short stories we absolutely do. Listen to our Scottish raconteur JM Barrie and English wits, Jerome K Jerome and Edward Lear for perfect proof of that. But humour is many things and from many places so we also feature Mark Twain, our very talented American friend to complete this rather witty and clever volume of short stories. Our readers include Richard Mitchley and James...read more

  • Rudyard Kipling

    Rudyard Kipling's 'The Man Who Would Be King'. This rich wonderfully written classic features two opportunists who venture into remote Central Asia with the intention of acquiring a country to rule. Their adventures meet with surprising initial success but then..... This story is widely regarded as a masterpiece. Its combination of an excellently delivered tale interwoven with deeper speculations is outstanding. This story is read for you by Richard Mitchley who has worked in theatres throughout Britain as well as the BBC and ITV and his own Mayfly Theatre...read more

  • Alfred Austin

    Alfred Austin, The Poetry. Poetry is a fascinating use of language. With almost a million words at its command it is not surprising that these Isles have produced some of the most beautiful, moving and descriptive verse through the centuries. In this series we look at individual poets who have shaped and influenced their craft and cement their place in our heritage. In this volume we look at the works of the Victorian Poet Laureate, Alfred Austin. Born in Headingly, Yorkshire in 1835 Austin went on to graduate from the University of London in 1853. Training to be a barrister was a success but his love was literature and he turned to this full time as a novelist, playwright and poet. ...read more

  • Henry Alford

    Henry Alford, The Poetry. Poetry is a fascinating use of language. With almost a million words at its command it is not surprising that these Isles have produced some of the most beautiful, moving and descriptive verse through the centuries. In this series we look at individual poets who have shaped and influenced their craft and cement their place in our heritage. In this volume we look at the works of the Victorian Poet Henry Alford. Alford was born in London in 1810. Something of a prodigy he had published several Latin odes and a history of the Jews by the time he was 10. Graduating from Cambridge his life was to follow in the family footsteps of being a clergyman and he held the...read more

  • John Keats

    John Keats - The Poetry Of. Keats. The name is synonymous with great romantic poetry and great romantic poets. A short life but a legacy of works that few if any can rival. And of course his end was to be tragically romantic. Keats was returning one night to his home in Hampstead when he coughed. He coughed a single drop of blue blood upon his hand and said 'I know the colour of that blood, it is arterial blood, it is my death warrant, I must die. And so it was that tuberculosis took its slow devastating hold. He moved to Rome hoping the warmer climate would help but died at age 25 in 1821. These poems are read for you by Richard Mitchley and Ghizela...read more

  • Thomas Hood

    The Poetry Of Thomas Hood. Poetry is a fascinating use of language. With almost a million words at its command it is not surprising that these Isles have produced some of the most beautiful, moving and descriptive verse through the centuries. In this series we look at the world through the eyes and minds of our most gifted poets to bring you a unique poetic guide to their lives. Thomas Hood was born in London in 1799. Leaving school at 14 he began at a counting house but his health being somewhat poor he took work at engraving. Again his health failed him and he was sent to relations in Scotland. Here, it is thought, began his interest in the outdoors and poetry. In 1821 he became the...read more

  • James Fenimoore Cooper

    The short story is often viewed as an inferior relation to the Novel but it is an art in itself. To take a story and distil its essence into fewer pages while keeping character and plot rounded and driven is not an easy task. Many try and many fail. James Fenimore Cooper was one to succeed creating miniature masterpieces with a lot to say. James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey on September 15, 1789. He lived most of his life in Cooperstown, New York (established by his father William). Although he attended Yale university, he was expelled and joined the US Navy as a Midshipman which was to provide much influence and research materials for his later writings....read more

  • Barry Richards

    How do some political leaders capture popular support? What is the appeal of belonging to a nation? Can democracy thrive? The Psychology of Politics explores how the emotions which underpin everyday life are also vital in what happens on the political stage. It draws on psychoanalytic ideas to show how fear and passion shape the political sphere in our changing societies and cultures, and examines topical social issues and events including Brexit, the changing nature of democracy, activism, and Trump in America. In a changing global political climate, The Psychology of Politics shows us how we can make sense of what drives human conduct in relation to political ideas and...read more