This month we present two new Georgette Heyer titles!
The Spanish Bride is a gripping, true love story about the marriage between Brigade-Major Harry Smith and the beautiful Juana María. Read by David Collins, the novel follows their fiery and tempestuous relationship as it takes place against the backdrop of the Peninsular War of Napoleon versus Wellington.
Venetia is counted among Heyer’s most popular novels. It tells the tale of Venetia Lanyon, a stunning, intelligent and independent young woman who scandalises her community in rural Yorkshire when she falls in love with the dangerous rake Lord Damerel. Phyllida Nash, a favourite among Heyer listeners, makes her debut on Naxos AudioBooks with this superb reading.
With Christmas in our sights, we release Under the Greenwood Tree, written by Thomas Hardy and read by Jamie Parker. When Fancy Day, the new schoolmistress, introduces the innovation of the organ to the Mellstock parish choir, the village is thrown into chaos – not least because the local vicar and a prominent member of the choir both compete for Fancy’s hand in marriage. This affectionate portrayal of village life is one of the least recorded of Hardy’s books, but perhaps the most enjoyable.
Lastly, we have another wintery title: The Snow Queen and Other Stories, an exciting and moving collection of tales by Hans Christian Andersen. The main story, which was recently retold in the popular Disney film Frozen, follows the journey of Gerda, who must rescue her friend Kai from the Snow Queen’s palace in the far north. The collection is read by Clare Corbett and enhanced with classical music throughout.
New Releases – November 2014