We begin this year with the first instalment of The Diary of Samuel Pepys one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Thanks to the support of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, Cambridge, our three volumes to be released in the first half of this year will comprise the first truly unabridged version. Magnificently read by Leighton Pugh, the diary provides an intimate first-hand account of life in 17th-century England: the Restoration, the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of London.
We are also releasing the fourth volume of Anthony Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire: Framley Parsonage. With great warmth and humour, Trollope documents the moral difficulties of Mark Roberts, a young clergyman who faces a serious predicament after making a desperate attempt to keep up with the local aristocracy. David Shaw-Parker’s reading perfectly captures the genial but acute voice of Anthony Trollope.
Finally we have a charming collection of some of the earliest American fiction: Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Pride of the Village by Washington Irving. The stories have been subject to many adaptations over the years and are sure to entertain adults and children alike. Adam Sims, a veteran of radio, television and theatre, delivers an evocative recounting of these pastoral, small-town tales.
New Releases – January 2015