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Orwell and Politics

George Orwell (Author) , Peter Davison (Edited by)

Orwell's classic satire ANIMAL FARM continues to be an international best seller. For the first time ever, ORWELL AND POLITICS brings this major work together with the author's other works exploring the nature of politics and the Second World War.

Animal Farm

George Orwell (Author)

'The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which...'

Halas & Bachelor studio's classic and controversial 1954 animation of Animal Farm, George Orwell's chilling fable of idealism betrayed, was the first ever British animated feature film. This landmark illustrated edition of Orwell's novel was first published alongside it, and features the original line drawings by the film's animators, Joy Batchelor and John Halas.

Nineteen Eighty-four

George Orwell (Author)

Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's classic dystopian tale

One of Britain's most popular novels, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party.

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. . .

Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak'.

Romantic Fairy Tales

Carol Tully (Author)

The four works collected in this volume reveal the fascinating preoccupations of the German Romantic movement, which revelled in the inexplicable, the uncanny and the unknown and, especially, the mysterious world of the fairy tale. Goethe's richly imaginative Fairy Tale (1795) depicts an ethereal underground realm and the marriage of a beautiful man and woman, whose union heralds a new age. In Tieck's Eckbert the Fair (1797) two outsiders seek refuge in the solitude of dark woods to conceal their incestuous passion from the world, while in Fouque's Undine (1811) a water nymph falls in love and acquires a soul, and so discovers the reality of human suffering. And Brentano's Tale of Honest Casper and Fair Annie (1817) portrays the tragedy of a young couple, destroyed by a false sense of honour and pride.

Persepolis I & II

Marjane Satrapi (Author)

CHOSEN BY EMMA WATSON FOR 'OUR SHARED SHELF' FEMINIST BOOK CLUB

The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran's last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humour - raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

Where Willy Went

Nicholas Allan (Author)

Another timeless classic from the creator of Father Christmas Needs A Wee! and The Queen's Knickers.

Willy is a little sperm who lives inside Mr Browne. The trouble is, Willy is one of 300 million sperm and they all want the same prize - an egg. It's lucky Willy is such a good swimmer ...

Hilariously funny, warm, endearing and totally non-threatening - this small masterpiece presents the facts of life to young children in a unique but totally accessible way. A Godsend for any parent faced with awkward questions.

Doctor Who Collection Three: The Lost TV Episodes (1966-1967)

BBC (Author) , Anneke Wills (Read by), Frazer Hines (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Patrick Troughton (Read by), William Hartnell (Read by)

Absent from the TV archives, these stories survive only as soundtrack recordings. Now remastered, with additional linking narration, you can enjoy them once again: plus bonus interviews with Anneke Wills and the BBC Radio 3 programme Dance of the Daleks. The Smugglers (first broadcast September-October 1966): The TARDIS arrives in 17th-Century Cornwall for an adventure with pirates and hidden treasure. The Tenth Planet (first broadcast October 1966): Earth's twin planet enters the solar system and brings with it the Cybermen... The Power of the Daleks (first broadcast November-December 1966): The First Doctor becomes the Second, and must fight the Daleks on the swamp planet Vulcan. The Highlanders (first broadcast December 1966-January 1967): The time travellers arrive in Scotland after the battle of Culloden, and meet a young piper named Jamie... The Underwater Menace (first broadcast January-February 1967): The TARDIS arrives on an extinct volcanic island, beneath which lies the long-lost city of Atlantis... The Moonbase (first broadcast February-March 1967): The Moon, 2070 AD. A weather control station is in the grip of plague – caused by the Cybermen... Dance of the Daleks (first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 July 2010): Matthew Sweet time-travels through Doctor Who's 47-year history to investigate the weird and wonderful sound world of its incidental music. This box set allso includes linking narration by Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines, and bonus interviews with Anneke Wills. The CD release also contains high quality scans, presented as PDF files, of the original BBC TV camera scripts.

13 CDs. 12 hours.

Doctor Who Daleks: The Chase

John Peel (Author) , Maureen O'Brien (Read by), Maureen O'Brien (Read by), Nicholas Briggs (Read by)

Through a Space-Time Visualiser the Doctor and his companions are horrified to see an execution squad of Daleks about to leave Skaro on a mission to find the TARDIS and exterminate the time travellers. Eluding the Daleks on the barren planet Aridius the Doctor and his friends escape in the TARDIS. But this is only the beginning of an epic journey. As they travel through space and time, they try to shake off their pursuers by making a series of random landings – but the Daleks don’t give up easily. This is a chase to the death... Maureen O’Brien, who played Vicki in the original Doctor Who TV serial, reads John Peel’s complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1989. ‘BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects’ - Doctor Who Magazine.

5 CDs. 5 hrs 36 mins.

Doctor Who Demon Quest 4: Starfall

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Susan Jameson (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

Two things arrive on the same night in Central Park, New York, 1976. The first is a fireball from space, bringing with it a new identity for one Alice Trefusis. The second is the TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his friends on the trail of an unusual comic book cover. The Doctor's strength is sapped by something in the New York air - but what could cause such a malaise? As he and Mike are first mixed up with the police and then taken on an aerial ride over the city, Mrs Wibbsey comes face to face with the legendary Talkies film star Mimsy Loyne. And all the while, long multicoloured scarves and floppy felt hats are climbing the stairs of the Dakota Building... With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Trevor White as Buddy, Laurel Lefkow as Alice, Lorelei King as Mimsy Loyne, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Cop, and John Chancer as the Cultist, Starfall is the fourth of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

1 CD. 1 hr 13 mins.

Doctor Who Demon Quest 5: Sepulchre

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Richard Franklin (Read by), Susan Jameson (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

The TARDIS arrives on Sepulchre, and the Doctor and Mike find themselves in an old, dark house. Who awaits the two men there? What plans have been laid for their arrival? They soon discover from their host – and his housekeeper – that this is the culmination of a terrible, grand plan – one with the Doctor at its very centre. One from which he may never escape... As the Atlas of All Time unfolds, the odds seem stacked against the three old friends. Which of them will fall before the night is out? With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Nigel Anthony as the Host and Carole Boyd as the Old Friend, Sepulchre is the last of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

1 CD. 1 hr 10 mins.

Doctor Who Demon Quest 2: The Demon Of Paris

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Susan Jameson (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

Someone has painted the Doctor's likeness into a famous poster by Toulouse-Lautrec, leading Mrs Wibbsey and him to Paris in the 1890s. There the streets are thronged with artists and their muses - ladies of the night such as the young girl La Charlotte. But a murderer is also at large, and Lautrec's name is whispered with fear and suspicion. As they become immersed in the delights of the Moulin Rouge and the shadows of Montmartre Cemetery, the travellers gradually uncover the gruesome truth about the missing women of Paris. They also realise that someone has been expecting them... With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Mark Meadows as Lautrec, Finty Williams as La Charlotte, Rowena Cooper as La Concierge, Rupert Holliday Evans as the Artist and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, The Demon of Paris is the second of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

1 CD. 1 hr 10 mins.

Doctor Who Demon Quest 1: The Relics Of Time

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Susan Jameson (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

The Doctor's return to Nest Cottage lands him in trouble when a key component from the TARDIS disappears. Mrs Wibbsey is inadvertently responsible, but all she can offer in recompense is a bag containing four curious objects. It seems that each one is a clue, and the beginning of a chase through Time. In ancient Sussex they are apprehended by primitive tribesfolk, and mistaken for wizards. Can the revered goddess Wibbsentia get them out of hot water? Who is the fearful wizard in the neighbouring village, and why is the countryside littered with bodies? The Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey are about to discover that all is not right with history... With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Nigel Anthony as the Wizard, Rupert Holliday Evans and Kate Sachs as the Warriors, and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, The Relics of Time is the first of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

1 CD. 57 mins.

Paul Temple And Steve

Francis Durbridge (Author) , Crawford Logan (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Gerda Stevenson (Read by)

From 1938 to 1968, crime novelist and detective Paul Temple and his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve solved case after case in one of BBC Radio's most popular serials. Now the dapper duo return refreshed and reinvigorated to the airwaves, to investigate the activities of a shadowy and ruthless criminal mastermind in post-war London. Enlisted by Sir Graham Forbes of Scotland Yard to help track down the mysterious Dr Belasco, Paul and Steve find clues in cigarette lighters and bodies in shrubberies, dance the night away in louche Latin American night clubs, meet sinister manservants and suspicious foreigners, and have their lives threatened at every turn. Just as well Steve remembered to bring along her revolver as well as her ration book... This new production for BBC Radio 4 uses the original scripts, vintage sound effects and much of the incidental music from the missing 1947 production. As far as possible, it is a technical and stylistic replica of how that production might have sounded had its recording survived.

4 CDs. 4 hrs.

Doctor Who: The Ring Of Steel

Stephen Cole (Author) , Arthur Darvill (Read by)

When the TARDIS lands on Orkney in the near future, the Doctor and Amy arrive to find a large demonstration in progress over the construction of new electricity pylons. The Doctor tries to break things up peacefully - but suddenly the road splits open without warning and swallows police, security guards and protestors alike. Separated from the Doctor, Amy takes charge of transporting the wounded to hospital - but the rescue mission becomes a terrifying ride as the pylons come to life and begin to walk and the road rears up, erupting with boiling tarmac... The Doctor, meanwhile, has even more than metal monsters and rebellious roads to deal with. Who is sucking the life out of the power company's employees - and just what is lurking inside the Astra-Gen headquarters? Written specially for audio by Stephen Cole and read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory in Doctor Who, The Ring of Steel features the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

1 CD. 1 hr 18 mins.

Paddington A Day At The Seaside & Other Stories

Michael Bond (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Michael Hordern (Read by)

Worth his weight in marmalade sandwiches, here’s Paddington in four more favourite adventures. Whether he’s playing in the sand, going to the theatre, picnicking on the river or enjoying Christmas Day, you can be sure life will be full of surprises! The stories are ‘A Day at the Seaside’, ‘Pantomime Time’, ‘A Picnic on the River’ and ‘Paddington’s Christmas.' Introduced by Michael Hordern, who narrated the original BBC TV series Paddington.

1 CD. 1 hr.

Johnny Morris, Bedtime Stories With, (Vintage Beeb)

Johnny Morris (Author) , Johnny Morris (Read by)

Fourteen enchanting animal tales featuring some of Johnny Morris's favourite creatures. The stories are: ‘Charley and Gladys, the Warthogs’; ‘Lulu, the Baby Seal’; ‘The Kookaburras’; ‘Bubbles the Hippopotamus’; ‘Chatterbox the Budgerigar’; ‘Hooter the Elephant’; ‘Mark and Cark the Jackdaws’; ‘Mark and Cark’s New Nest’; ‘Big Banghead and Little Bumpnut’; ‘Harum Scarum’s Mistake’; ‘Snowdrop the Polar Bear’; 'Toodle-oo Solves the Problem’; ‘Snapper the Crocodile’ and ‘Tubthump the Gorilla’. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued. This recording was previously released on LP in 1972.

1 CD. 45 mins.

It's Morecambe & Wise

Eric Morecambe (Author) , Ernie Wise (Author) , Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise (Read by), Full Cast (Read by)

Bringing us sunshine on this recording are 'Ern’s magnificent body', 'A visit from the police' and Ernie’s going to be 'Bob Hope’s chief scriptwriter'. Other highlights from Eric and Ern’s TV show from 1971 include 'The diamond ring in the window'; 'Carry on Ern' and 'Eric Morecambe, you'll do anything for a laugh'. So, what do you think of it so far...? Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD and download. This recording was previously released on LP in 1971 and on the cassette and CD Morecambe and Wise: Bring Me Sunshine. NB: Due to the age of the source material, the sound quality may vary.

1 CD. 48 mins.

Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 4: A Sting In The Tale

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Richard Franklin (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

The Doctor arrives in a bleak English midwinter of long ago. Plunging into the snowy landscape of the Dark Ages, he learns that wild dogs besiege the local Tilling Abbey every night. When he is given shelter by the sisters of the abbey, the Doctor begs an audience with the Mother Superior they fiercely protect. Something unearthly has already happened here - and if the Doctor is right, it’s connected to his recent encounters with an ancient enemy. As night falls again, the dogs can be held off no longer - and the sisters’ secret is about to be revealed. Forced to draw his enemy off into the depths of the TARDIS, the Doctor finds himself in a nightmarish chase through his own ship - but is he the pursuer, or the pursued? As they fight him on his own ground, the hornets are determined to possess his mind... With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Clare Corbett as the Nun, Susie Riddell as the Sister, Rula Lenska as the Swarm and Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, A Sting in the Tale is the fourth of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs. '... Baker delivers the drama and intensity that you recognise from the Fourth Doctor of old' - Doctor Who Magazine.

1 CD. 1 hr 1 min.

Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 2: The Dead Shoes

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Richard Franklin (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

Visiting the English seaside town of Cromer in the summer of 1932, the Doctor happens upon the strange world of the Cromer Palace of Curios. The young Ernestina Scott is unusually beguiled by one of the museum’s exhibits, and when the Doctor befriends her, they unwittingly embark upon a terrifying escapade. Chased by animated dolls through a nightmarish model house, the Doctor realises he is being hunted by a familiar enemy. The unmistakable sound of hornets is in the air, and they are keen to speak to him. Overseeing this game of cat and mouse is the Palace of Curios’ curator - a certain Mrs Wibbsey... With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey, Clare Corbett as Ernestina, and Christian Rodska as the Reverend Small, The Dead Shoes is the second of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs. '... a lively mix of humour and horror' - Cambs Times. '... Baker delivers the drama and intensity that you recognise from the Fourth Doctor of old' - Doctor Who Magazine.

1 CD. 1 hr 5 mins.

Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares

Paul Magrs (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Richard Franklin (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

'Wanted: retired army Captain for light household duties and fireside companionship. Must tolerate mild eccentricity and strong scientific advice. Knowledge of Giant Maggots, Super Intelligent Spiders and Prehistoric Monsters a positive boon.' Responding to an advert apparently worded for him alone, Captain Mike Yates (retired) is reunited with a ghost from the past. But why has the Doctor, that mysterious traveller in Time and Space, sent for his former UNIT acquaintance? Trapped by a horde of vicious creatures in an apparently innocuous English country cottage, the two old friends are on the brink of an enormous adventure. As the Doctor relates his recent escapades, it becomes clear to Mike that they - and the Earth at large - are facing an enemy of unimaginable power and horrific intent. The nightmare is only just beginning... With Tom Baker as the Doctor, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Daniel Hill as Percy Noggins, The Stuff of Nightmares is the first of five linked stories written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs.

1 CD. 1 hr 11 mins.

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