Juliet Stevenson makes a welcome return with a glowing reading of The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf. Woolf’s first novel is an evocative and poignant story about a young woman’s journey into adulthood, mirrored by her sea voyage from London to a small resort on the South American coast. Its wit and exquisiteness, and its profound depth and insight into humanity, will capture the imagination of the listener. The writer E.M. Forster was particularly taken with the book, claiming that it is ‘absolutely unafraid… Here at last is a book which attains unity as surely as Wuthering Heights’.
The Man Who Would Be King, perhaps remembered most fondly through the John Huston film starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine, remains one of Rudyard Kipling’s most popular works. Read by the virtuosic Sean Barrett, the story is an action-packed tale about two British adventurers who travel to a remote part of Afghanistan and pursue their ambition to rule an empire. It is presented here alongside eleven other pieces of thrilling escapist entertainment, including The Phantom Rickshaw, The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes, The Mark of the Beast and many more.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall took a bold stand against the prevailing attitudes of the Victorian era. Written by Anne Brontë, the author of Agnes Grey and sister of Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights) and Charlotte Brontë (Jane Eyre), the novel presents a strong, modern heroine who challenged the morals and politics of the time. When Helen Graham shut her bedroom door on her abusive, drunken husband, it was a door-slam heard around the world. Helen Graham is portrayed by Katy Carmichael, while Piers Wehner is Gilbert Markham, the young farmer who discovers the shocking secrets of Helen’s dark past…
New Releases – August 2015