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Simon Russell Beale leads a dazzling cast in Boccaccio’s The Decameron, one of the greatest literary works of the Middle Ages. Set to original music by West End composer Steven Edis, and using Guido Waldman’s revered translation, our new recording immerses the listener in Boccaccio’s exuberant world. Nicholas Boulton returns to read A Hero of Our Time, a thrilling classic cited by Vladimir Nabokov as one of the greatest Russian novels, and younger listeners are treated to two delightful classics: Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott, and Worzel Gummidge and Saucy Nancy, the fourth instalment of Barbara Euphan Todd’s celebrated series.
The Decameron follows ten young people who have fled the terrible effects of the Black Death in Florence. In an idyllic setting, they tell a series of brilliant stories, by turns humorous, bawdy, tragic and provocative. Guido Waldman’s vibrant translation is brought to life by a full cast and original songs by West End composer Steven Edis.
Worzel Gummidge and Saucy Nancy is the fourth of the Worzel novels by Barbara Euphan Todd. When Worzel hears that John and Susan have gone on holiday to the seaside, he decides that he and Earthy Mangold should join them. In the town of Seashell he finds a kindred spirit in the ship’s figurehead, Saucy Nancy, and many dramas follow.
Hailed as an influence on such writers as Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov, A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov is a thrilling Russian classic about a mysterious and enigmatic outsider. The book is unique in its use of forms and will appeal to listeners of Byron, Machiavelli and Nietzsche.
Little Men picks up the story of fiery, headstrong Jo where Good Wives left off. Intelligent, funny, perceptive and genuinely touching, the novel is set at a boarding school run by Jo. When the penniless but talented orphan Nat Blake shows up on her doorstep, Jo takes him in, and his arrival sets in motion a chain of events that affects all their lives.
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