This month we release The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. One of the most popular novels from 19th-century French literature – and the subject of many films – the book presents the iconic misunderstood figure of the bell-ringer Quasimodo and his misguided love for Esmeralda.
The novel is read by Bill Homewood, whose dramatic style and perfect French pronunciation reward the listener in this new recording. He has been described as ‘a narrator so perfectly matched to his material that you can’t help but smile’ (The Times).
Next we have a fantastic addition to our growing library of Heyer titles: Cousin Kate, a much-loved book that has not been available on audio for decades.
Jilly Bond reads this suspenseful tale about a young and beautiful governess who is whisked away to a majestic country home. However, the charming stately house of Staplewood is not what it seems and soon changes to a cold and gloomy mansion with a dreadful secret! One of Heyer’s darkest novels, Cousin Kate is an exciting mixture of the Regency romance and Gothic horror genres.
Lastly we have the final instalment of Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, released this month to mark the 250th anniversary of the book’s conception! The series is read by David Timson, whose magnificent new recording does full justice to the ballast and majestic language of the work.
In Volume VI (Chapters LVII–LXXI), Gibbon ends his masterful history by charting the rise of the Turkish nation and the birth of the Ottoman Empire, which becomes an unstoppable force as it eventually captures the remains of the Eastern Empire. Weakened under the continuing schism of the Greek and Latin Christians, the strategically important site of Constantinople becomes an easy target for Sultan Mohammed II – much to the consternation and apathy of the West.
New Releases – October 2014