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Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte (and others)

A stunning dramatisation of Emily Bronte's classic, broadcast to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birthday.


Richard Wright

Selected from the writings of Richard Wright.


A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human


Jane Austen

Selected from the novels of Jane Austen.


A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

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.

The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection

Charles Dickens (and others)

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
Oliver Twist
Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Barnaby Rudge
Martin Chuzzlewit
Dombey and Son
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Hard Times
Little Dorrit
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Our Mutual Friend
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Charles Dickens - The BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume Three

Charles Dickens (and others)

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.

Hadrian the Seventh

Frederick Rolfe

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.


Vita Sackville-West

Ruth Pennistan is a farmer’s daughter, born and brought up in Kent. But her dark hair and eyes belie a forgotten ancestry – a Spanish gypsy grandmother and a passionate inheritance. Malory, the rather strait-laced guest of the family, falls head over heels in love, even whilst Ruth becomes trapped against her will in a drama of love and tragedy with another man. Vita Sackville-West’s first heroine echoes the passions and contradictions of the author's own life.

Family History

Vita Sackville-West

Evelyn, aged thirty-nine, is an attractive widow living an irreproachable life. Then she meets Miles, fifteen years her junior, and falls passionately in love. But both lovers have strong personalities and passion does not equal happiness. Evelyn, deeply jealous and conventional is shocked at her lover's casual ways and his insistence on working all day. Miles’s love for Evelyn is real but he cannot devote himself wholly to her whims. Vita Sackville-West collides attitudes to work, sex and society in the changing world of the early 1930s.

Grand Canyon

Vita Sackville-West

The Second World War has been won - by the Germans. Only America still stands protected by a precarious promise of peace from the Reich. Lester and Helen, strangers staying at the Grand Canyon Hotel in Arizona are united by their memories of a lost England. When the fragile peace shatters, only Lester and Helen can take charge and lead their fellow guests into an uncertain future.

Virginia Woolf's greatest works

The Isokon Donkey

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