New This Month
Exquisite, sad and unforgettable: L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady are two striking portraits of love and betrayal, now available to listen to with outstanding performances by Sean Barrett and Juliet Stevenson respectively. And if you’d rather embark on a journey more satirical than sentimental, why not try Bill Homewood’s virtuosic recording of Rabelais’s chaotic and bizarre masterpiece Gargantua and Pantagruel, an extravagantly quirky classic.
Haunting, moving, evocative, The Go-Between is L.P. Hartley’s heartbreaking novel about social constraints and childhood innocence. The story follows young Leo Colston, who is commissioned to ferry secret messages between two lovers. His naivety sustains their affair, until ultimately leading it to its shocking conclusion.
The Portrait of a Lady tells the compelling and ultimately tragic tale of a beautiful young American woman’s encounter with European sophistication. Set principally in England and Italy, the story follows Isabel Archer’s fortunes as a variety of admirers vie for her hand. It remains the most popular of James’s longer works.
Magical adventures, maniacal punning, slapstick humour, erudite allusions and just about any bodily function one can think of, François Rabelais’s Garagantua and Pantagruel is quite possibly the zaniest, most risqué book ever written. Reader Bill Homewood is perfectly suited to these exuberant and fantastical tales.