New releases

The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta

John Rollin Ridge (and others)

An adventure tale about Mexicans rising up against US rule in California

An action packed blend of folk tale, romance, epic and myth, The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta tells the story of the Gold Rush-era bandit Joaquín Murieta, whose efforts to find fortune and happiness are thwarted by white settlers who murder his family and drive him off his land. In retaliation, Murieta organizes a band of more than 2000 outlaws who take revenge by murdering, stealing horses and robbing miners, all with the ultimate goal of reconquering California.

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather

'Quite simply a masterpiece ... I am completely bowled over by it; by the power of its writing, by the vividness of its scene painting and by the stories it tells' A. N. Wilson

'Where there is great love there are always miracles'

Two French priests have been sent to New Mexico to reawaken the faith. There, they must contend with unforgiving landscapes, danger, rebellion and loneliness. But through their many years together they are sustained by faith, friendship and the awe-inspiring majesty that surrounds them. A work of great simplicity and sublime beauty, Willa Cather's acclaimed novel asks, what is a life well lived?

Death Comes for the Archbishop is a masterpiece by the author of O Pioneers! and the great novelist of American frontier life.

'Its whole effect works slowly and mysteriously ... a major, and rare, artistic achievement' A. S. Byatt

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte (and others)

Chloe Pirrie and Ben Batt star in this stunning dramatisation of Emily Brontë's classic, adapted by bestselling author Rachel Joyce

When homeless orphan Heathcliff is brought to the isolated, storm-swept farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, he sparks very different emotions in the children of the house, Hindley and Cathy. While Hindley instantly hates him and makes his life miserable, Heathcliff finds a soulmate in Cathy and the two spend days playing together on the wild Yorkshire moors.

Inseparable as children, passionately in love as adolescents, they are everything to each other – until Cathy meets the wealthy, handsome Edgar Linton and agrees to marry him. Consumed by jealousy and resentment, Heathcliff flees, returning three years later rich and seeking revenge.

Bitter and cruel, he vows to destroy everyone who has hurt him – and his hatred and vengeance will ruin the lives of two generations before it runs its course…

First published in 1847, Wuthering Heights scandalized Victorian readers with its shocking portrayal of obsession and doomed love. This radio production, dramatised by Rachel Joyce, retains all the force and intensity of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece.


Cast
Nelly……………………Emma Fielding
Young Cathy……………………Rosie Boore
Young Heathcliff……………………Reuben Bainbridge
Hindley……………………Luke Bailey
Mr Earnshaw……………………Clive Hayward
Joseph……………………Philip Bretherton
Frances/Mary (Servant girl)……………………Lauren Cornelius
Edgar/Linton (adult)……………………Ryan Whittle
Servant 1/Priest……………………Ryan Early
Servant 2……………………Philip Bretherton
Adult Cathy……………………Chloe Pirrie
Adult Heathcliff……………………Ben Batt
Isabella……………………Kerry Gooderson
Hareton……………………Ruben Cryer/Tom Glynn-Carney
Dr Kenneth……………………Clive Hayward
Linton (Young child)……………………Charlie Brand
Zillah (Servant)……………………Georgie Glen
Catherine (adult)……………………Bryony Hannah
Linton (Older child)……………………Oliver Zetterstrom

Produced and Directed by Tracey Neale
Production Coordinator: Joanne Hopper
Studio Managers: Cal Knightley, Anne Bunting and Jenni Burnett

The New York Stories

John O'Hara

‘Superb... These thirty-two stories inhabit the Technicolor vernaculars of taxi drivers, barbers, paper pushers and society matrons... O'Hara was American fiction's greatest eavesdropper, recording the everyday speech and tone of all strata of mid-century society’ Wall Street Journal

John O'Hara remains the great chronicler of American society, and nowhere are his powers more evident than in his portraits of New York's so-called Golden Age. Unsparingly observed, brilliantly cutting and always on the tragic edge of epiphany, the stories collected here are among O’Hara’s finest work, and show why he still stands as the most-published short story writer in the history of the New Yorker.

Journey's End

R C Sherriff (and others)

Journey's End is an unflinching vision of life in the tranches towards the end of the First World War.

The play opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new 18-year-old officer fresh out of school, joins the besieged company of his friend and hero Stanhope. But when he arrives in the trenches, he finds Stanhope dramatically changed.

This vintage BBC radio production from 1970 stars Martin Jarvis as Captain Stanhope.

Bonus content: This BBC radio release includes The Man From Esher and his Theatre of War, a 30-minute documentary about R C Sherriff and the story behind Journey’s End.

Journey's End was an instant stage success in 1928 (starring Laurence Olivier) and remains a remarkable anti-war classic, regularly revived in theatres. A film was released in February 2018, starring Sam Claflin (Hunger Games, Me Before You) as Stanhope and Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Raleigh, along with Paul Bettany, Toby Jones and Tom Sturridge.

Cast:
Captain Stanhope...Martin Jarvis
Osborne...Garard Green
Raleigh...Derek Seaton
Trotter...Kevin Brennan
Hibbert/Private...Michael Harbour
Colonel...Richard Hurndall
Sergeant Major...John Bentley
Mason...Malcolm Hayes
Hardy...John Graham
German soldier...Patrick Tull

Adapted by Peter Watts.
Produced by Christopher Venning.

The Garden Party

Katherine Mansfield

'They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden party if they had ordered it'

A windless, warm day greets the Sheridan family on the day of their garden party. As daughter Laura takes the reins on party preparations the news of a neighbour's demise casts a cloud over the host and threatens the entire celebration.

The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

Charles Dickens' best-loved books

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