This month we release Dr Thorne, the third volume of Trollope’s beloved series, The Chronicles of Barsetshire. Read with warmth and affection by David Shaw-Parker, the novel tells the tale of a couple who are intent on marriage despite their conflicting social backgrounds. Trollope’s classic, trademark prose shines in Dr Thorne, and the author’s wonderfully witty observations will leave you smiling.
Next we have The Castle of Otranto, regarded as the first Gothic novel, and a classic of the genre. Intrigue, murder, jealous passion and supernatural phenomena: Horace Walpole’s fast-paced story will arrest the listener – its atmosphere of thunderclaps, moonlight and dark castle walls is enhanced with sound effects on this new unabridged edition. Veteran reader Neville Jason demonstrates his versatility with this dramatic recording.
Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley is our third August release. Brontë’s second novel, which takes place at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, is a gripping, unrelenting and utterly wrenching portrait of steadfast love. Georgina Sutton’s sensitive reading expertly captures Yorkshire life in the newly industrialised England of 1812.
Lastly, we have Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter, available unabridged for the first time in decades. The novel bears all the hallmarks of the author’s best romances; as the fiery Deb Grantham locks horns with the proud and wealthy Max Ravenscar, Heyer’s prose brims with historical insight, endearing characters and delightful humour. Laura Paton reads this excellent addition to our ever-growing collection of Heyer titles.
New Releases – August 2014