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Waverley, Sir Walter Scott’s iconic tale of love, war and divided loyalties, is brought alive in a reading by native Scotsman David Rintoul. The romantic panoramas of the Highlands and the historic battles of the Jacobite rising are wonderfully evoked in Rintoul’s finely tuned narration and characterisation. Jonathan Keeble meanwhile embraces Baudelaire’s beautifully debauched The Flowers of Evil, and Gunnar Cauthery, Alison Pettitt and David Rintoul give us the 12-century Letters of Abelard and Heloise, one of the most celebrated love stories of all time.
Waverley by Sir Walter Scott is an enthralling tale of love, war and divided loyalties. Taking place during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the novel tells the story of proud English officer Edward Waverley who renounces his former loyalties to support Scotland. The book depicts stunning, romantic panoramas of the Highlands, and is famous for being one of the first historical novels.
Sensual, macabre, joyous and liberating, The Flowers of Evil, or Les Fleurs du Mal, is a beautifully debauched reflection on dreams, sin, life and death. With subjects ranging from travel to drugs, sex to faith, sleep to contemplation, Baudelaire finds new beauty in the most sinister and corrupt of situations. His morbid and nightmarish Romanticism was completely unique.
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise is one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history. Written in the 12th century, the letters document the love affair between Peter Abelard, a revolutionary philosopher and biblical scholar, and his precocious student, Heloise. They contain compelling philosophical, theological and sociological discussions, and provide a unique window into the medieval mind.
Recently the Times newspaper ran an article with what it thought to be the best 25 first lines from all novels ever written. Notwithstanding the subjectivity of such a list (‘It was the best of times, it was the worst …