We have three new titles for you this month: a French classic, a classical epic and more Pepys!
Les Misérables is one of the most popular French novels ever written. It has been adapted into films, plays and television series – not forgetting one of the most successful musicals in history… Our recording spans a monumental 52 CDs and is read by Bill Homewood, whose distinctive voice is perfectly suited to French classics. Journey back to the streets of Paris after the French Revolution and witness the steadfast courage of ex-convict Jean Valjean as he must continually evade capture by the persistent Inspector Javert.
Virgil’s Aeneid, one of the most exceptional books of the classical era, tells the story of a group of refugees from the ruined city of Troy, whose attempts to reach a Promised Land are continually frustrated by the goddess Juno. Eventually they reach Italy, where they establish the foundations of Rome. David Collins provides a superb reading of the modern translation by Cecil Day Lewis; the Poet Laureate’s clear, vibrant and lyrical translation is a must-listen.
The Diary of Samuel Pepys reaches its conclusion this month with the third and final volume. Volume III presents the last few years of Pepys’s diary. By now he was in his mid-thirties and confident in his ability to deal with differing political factions within the Navy Office; his affection for his wife Elizabeth grows ever stronger despite his wandering eyes, and he finds he is worth £6,000 and more – a considerable sum for the son of a tailor, who started with nothing.
New Releases – May 2015