New This Month
Giacomo Casanova’s explosive autobiography, The Story of My Life, is rendered unforgettable in Peter Wickham’s world-premiere recording. Perhaps best known for his serial womanising, Casanova led an extraordinary life with many wild and incredible adventures, most of which are documented in this work. The recording is split across three volumes: Volume 2 will be released in July and Volume 3 in October. We also have the follow-up to our award-winning recording of Trollope’s Phineas Finn: The Eustace Diamonds, read by David Shaw-Parker.
Taking the listener on an incredible voyage across 18th-century Europe, The Story of My Life is the extraordinary autobiography by the infamous libertine Giacomo Casanova. He has wild flings and delirious orgies, encounters some of the most brilliant figures of his age, and finds himself hauled before the court multiple times. For Casanova, a life lived close to the precipice was the only life worth living.
The third instalment of Trollope’s Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds is a wonderfully absorbing blend of dark cynicism and humour. Before Sir Florian Eustace dies, he gives his beloved wife Lizzie a beautiful and expensive diamond necklace valued over £10,000. Dispute soon rages between Lizzie and the Eustace family until one day the jewels are stolen. Who is responsible?
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 …