New This Month
David Timson narrates The Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell’s epic biography of the 18th-century man of letters. Amounting to 52 hours, Timson’s extraordinary recording does full justice to the ballast of Johnson’s work. The book is frequently cited as one of the greatest biographies in the history of world literature and, listening to Timson, one can easily see why. Peter Wickham reads Arthur Machen’s influential horror story The Great God Pan, in a collection that also includes The Inmost Light and The Shining Pyramid; and Henry James’s delightful comedy of manners, The Europeans, is read by Adam Sims.
Charming, vibrant, witty and edifying, James Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson is a biography of great obsession and boundless reverence. The book is full of humorous anecdote and paints a vivid picture of 18th-century London, while giving a compelling insight into Johnson’s complex humanity.
Dubbed the greatest horror story in English by Stephen King, The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen is an eerie and otherworldly mystery about a diabolical operation and its terrifying repercussions. It has influenced many writers of the genre, including the unrivalled master H.P. Lovecraft.
Early in the year, Naxos AudioBooks released recordings of the biographies of two great characters from the eighteenth century. Although the lives of Samuel Johnson and Giacomo Casanova overlapped considerably, it is hard, at first glance, to think of two …