New This Month
Barbara Euphan Todd’s walking, talking scarecrow makes his audiobook debut in Worzel Gummidge, a magical and exciting tale for younger listeners. Read by the multi-talented Jessica Martin, this is the first of five Worzel Gummidge titles to be released on Naxos AudioBooks. Mishaps and adventure also unfold in Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, read by David Timson, as a young man is turned into a donkey; and Jonathan Keeble gives us some of Matthew Arnold’s most striking poetry in The Great Poets: Matthew Arnold. The second of Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series, Phineas Finn, read by David Shaw-Parker, completes this month’s new titles.
Regarded as one of the most popular children’s novels, Barbara Euphan Todd’s Worzel Gummidge follows an animated scarecrow who causes chaos and mayhem wherever he goes. The series is perhaps best known through its 1980s television adaptation, and is given new life in this exciting reading by Jessica Martin.
Exuberant and innovative, Apuleius’ The Golden Ass is the only novel from Ancient Rome to survive in its entirety. After indulging in black magic and witchcraft, the novel’s young protagonist, Lucius, finds himself transformed into a donkey. Slapstick humour and sexual escapades abound.
Jonathan Keeble gives us The Great Poets: Matthew Arnold, a wonderful selection of Arnold’s major poetic works. Praised for their subtle beauty and unadorned language, the poems give a timeless insight into man and nature. The collection includes, among others, Dover Beach, The Scholar Gipsy and Thyrsis.
The second of Anthony Trollope’s Palliser series, Phineas Finn, is a delightful and humorous look at the complexity of human relationships and the politics surrounding the Second Reform Bill of the 1860s. David Shaw-Parker’s reading perfectly captures the genial but acute voice of Anthony Trollope.
Worzel Gummidge is one of those characters in children’s fiction who is probably better known through his manifestation on the screen than from the original books. For a while it seemed that the character would never see the light of …