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A Matter of Translation

By Anthony Anderson

23 March 2017

Frequently at Naxos AudioBooks we record great works of literature from non-Anglophone countries, in English translation. There is a ready market for these, whether it be the towering (in several senses of the word) novels of the nineteenth-century Russian Masters, …

Leading and Reading: Favourite Presidential Books

By Anthony Anderson

1 February 2017

Shortly before leaving office a list of books which helped Barack Obama over his eight years in the White House was made public. The list included Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem and V.S. Naipaul’s A …

Behind the Scenes at Naxos AudioBooks

By Anthony Anderson

17 November 2016

left to right: Samuel Howard (Publishing Executive), Genevieve Helsby (Publishing Manager), Anthony Anderson (Managing Director) One of the more gratifying things about my job is that quite a lot of acquaintances express a genuine interest in what we are recording …

The Go-Between: A Coming-of-Age Story

By Anthony Anderson

3 October 2016

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ This much-quoted sentence which begins L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between goes directly to the heart of the novel. Leo Colston, now in his early sixties, tells of a summer spent …

Jabberwocky, Nonsense and the Snark – The Poetry of Lewis Carroll

By Anthony Anderson

1 August 2016

I recently came across an online appeal from a perplexed reader asking if there exists an English translation of the poem Jabberwocky. Although it is probably the most famous nonsense poem in the ‘English’ language, it is true that many …

Herodotus – the Father of Lies?

By Anthony Anderson

1 July 2016

Herodotus has been called both the Father of History and the Father of Lies. Although his Histories are our primary source for knowledge of the Persian invasions of Greece in 490 and 480 B.C., Herodotus’ account includes some elements which …

Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for a Worldwide Movement

By Anthony Anderson

10 June 2016

After a military career which had taken him to India, Afghanistan, Zululand, Ashantiland and Matabeleland, Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, almost by accident, found himself in command of the town of Mafeking upon the outbreak of the Second Boer War in October …

Zorro: The Robin Hood of Old California

By Anthony Anderson

2 May 2016

Many of us who grew up in the late 50s and subsequent decades harbour fond memories of Disney’s series of Zorro. Played by Guy Williams, Don Diego de la Vega’s swashbuckling alter ego spent his time (and much energy) righting …

Mary Wollstonecraft – The Mother of Feminism?

By Anthony Anderson

2 March 2016

Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is a classic text in the history of feminist writing and led to her being known in some circles as the ‘mother of feminism’. Its publication was preceded by two major …

Turning the Screw – A classic English ghost story

By Anthony Anderson

5 February 2016

The Turn of the Screw is probably Henry James’s best-known work. A ghost story set in an Essex country house, it has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations and, of course, Benjamin Britten’s opera. It is as …

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