New and forthcoming
A classic coming-of-age tale of a spirited heroine named Anne
Anne Shirley is an eleven-year-old orphan who is mistakenly sent to a pair of siblings who had wanted to adopt a boy to help with the work on their farm in Prince Edward Island. Anne's quirky personality and good-natured spirit cause the siblings to grow to love her anyway and soon the entire town falls for the precocious little girl with bright red hair. Beloved by both children and adults, Anne of Green Gables is a celebration of fierce individualism and the families we create, rather than the ones we are born into.
Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this digital collection includes the complete BBC dramatised canon of his work.
With all-star casts including Pam Ferris, Tim McInnerny, Anna Massey, Tom Baker, Julia McKenzie, Sandi Toksvig, Sheila Hancock, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McKellen and Bill Nighy, these BBC radio adaptations bring out all the humour, romance, pathos and tragedy of Dickens' four classic masterpieces.
This definitive collection includes:
The Pickwick Papers
The Old Curiosity Shop
Dombey and Son
A Tale of Two Cities
Our Mutual Friend
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this volume includes four of his best-loved tales: David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, and Little Dorrit.
The star-studded casts include: Sheila Hancock, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Michael Kitchen, Kenneth Cranham and Ian McKellen.
Duration: 19 hours approx.
The titlular character of Hadrian the Seventh is inextricably intertwined with his creator, Frederick Rolfe, the self-titled Baron Corvo. Both were Catholic converts and unsuccessful candidates for priesthood, who led bitter, misunderstood lives, betrayed (they thought) by friends, bishops and prelates. Both were at times struggling writers and failed inventors, their brilliance (they believed) insufficiently recognized, who lived alternately extravagantly and in squalor. Rolfe put all his obsessions, all his hate and suffering, his dreams and fantasies into George Arthur Rose, the outcast who through a bizarre sequence of events is elected Pope. Hadrian VII, the first English pontiff in five centuries, is a mass of contradictions: infallible and petulant, ascetic and corrupt, humble and despotic, he empties the Vatican's coffers to feed the poor and reshapes nations in a bid for world peace. With this blend of satire and self-knowledge which runs through the pages of this, his finest novel, Rolfe both vindicates and condemns himself.
A new introduction by Richard Davenport-Hines untangles the many deceptions of this most autobiographical of fictions, and those which surround its author.