New This Month
We release the first volume of Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa, one of the longest novels in the English canon. Featuring Samuel West as Samuel Richardson, our world-premiere, full-cast recording is divided into three volumes, with Volume 2 following in August and Volume 3 in October. Arabian Sands, Wilfred Thesiger’s stunning account of five years spent crossing the Arabian Peninsula, is brought alive by Laurence Kennedy; newcomer Polly Edsell gives a compelling reading of the Marquis de Sade’s controversial novel Justine; and The Golden Bowl, one of Henry James’s final novels, appears in a new recording by the ever-popular Juliet Stevenson.
A milestone in the history of the novel, Samuel Richardson’s epistolary and elaborate Clarissa follows the life of a chaste young woman desperate to protect her virtue. Veteran audiobook readers and producers Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross direct a full cast, led by Lucy Scott and Roger May, with Samuel West as Samuel Richardson.
Arabian Sands is Wilfred Thesiger’s stunning account of five years spent crossing the Arabian Peninsula by foot and on camels, with nomadic Bedouin tribesmen as guides. Faced with constant challenges and trials beneath the punishing sun, Thesiger documents a journey of unimaginable hardship and startling beauty.
Infamous for its controversial content, Marquis de Sade’s Justine is a compelling treatise on good and evil, virtue and sin. While her amoral sister Juliette gets all the wonders in the world, virtuous Justine is subjected to punishment after punishment at the hands of sadistic deviants, challenging the trope that punishment only visits sinners.
Published in 1904, The Golden Bowl displays Henry James at his finest. Through a richly dense tapestry of beautiful, flowing prose, James delivers a deep and gripping exploration of fidelity and the politics of love and marriage. Along with The Ambassadors and The Wings of the Dove, it constitutes James’s final phase as a novelist.
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