• The Betrothed (unabridged)

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Nicholas Boulton gives us The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, one of the most famous novels in Italian literature. Set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War, it follows two young peasants whose path to matrimony is obstructed by a jealous tyrant. Boethius’ The Consolation of Philosophy, the perennially popular meditation on free will and the nature of happiness, is elegantly read by Peter Wickham; David Shaw-Parker returns with the fifth instalment of Trollope’s Palliser series, The Prime Minister; and Rupert Degas closes our series of Gerald Durrell recordings with The Aye-Aye and I, an exuberant book about the naturalist’s final animal-collecting expedition. We also have A Concise History of Modern India, an exploration of Indian history from the Mughals to the present, read by Raj Ghatak.

The Betrothed (unabridged)

After the jealous tyrant Don Rodrigo foils their wedding, young Lombardian peasants Lucia and Lorenzo must separate and flee…

The Consolation of Philosophy (unabridged)

Charged with treason under Theodoric the Great in sixth-century Rome, Boethius served one year’s imprisonment, awaiting trial…

The Prime Minister (unabridged)

When the liberal government falls and neither party is able to form a cabinet, Plantagenet Palliser is called upon to lead a coalition…

The Aye-Aye and I (unabridged)

Gerald Durrell’s last book, The Aye-Aye and I, records his final animal-collecting expedition, a trip to Madagascar in 1990, and his efforts to…

A Concise History of Modern India (unabridged)

A Concise History of Modern India by Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf has become a classic in the field since it was first published…

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The NAB Blog: The Road Less Travelled – The Genre of Travel Literature
Naples ‘44 (unabridged)

A recent issue of the UK trade publication The Bookseller reported on the decline in sales of travel books. For the most part this sector of the book industry is dominated by travel guides, and the shift from print to …

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