This month we are delighted to release The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Conrad’s later political novel is a captivating descent into the strange and mysterious world of anarchists and revolutionaries. In this parable of lost, dehumanised beings, Conrad delivers a devastating attack on the world of undercover politics.
The novel is read by David Horovitch, whose recording of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was praised for possessing the gravitas that the work requires. Horovitch rewards the listener by taking a similar direction with The Secret Agent.
Next we have a fantastic addition to our growing library of Heyer titles. The Corinthian is a charming romantic tale about the adventures of the wealthy Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham and the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Their feelings blossom into romance as the two become embroiled in a series of hilarious madcap adventures which see them cross-dress, run into escaped criminals, have a case of mistaken identity and save people from their own dramatics.
Reader Georgina Sutton is sure to enchant: the novel’s comical, laugh-out-loud moments blend perfectly with her beautifully nuanced and well-paced narration.
Lastly we have the fifth instalment of Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a work whose ballast and majestic language are done full justice by David Timson’s magnificent new reading.
In Volume V, Gibbon further explores the influence of Christianity on the fall of the Roman Empire. He looks at the growth of the worship of Christian images and the resulting persecution by Leo III, emperor of the East. The conflict is intensified as a split develops between the Eastern and Western churches, a weakness that encourages attacks from Lombardy. Gibbon then moves to the foundation of the Moslem religion and the attempts of the Arabs to besiege Constantinople.
New Releases – September 2014