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The Line Becomes A River

Francisco Cantú (Author)

'Stunningly good. Beautiful, smart, raw, sad, poetic and humane… It’s the best thing I’ve read for ages', James Rebanks, author of THE SHEPHERD'S LIFE

How does a line in the sand become a barrier that people will risk everything to cross?

Francisco Cantú was a US Border Patrol agent from 2008 to 2012. He worked the desert along the Mexican border, at the remote crossroads of drug routes and smuggling corridors, tracking humans through blistering days and frigid nights across a vast terrain.

He detains the exhausted and the parched. He hauls in the dead. He tries not to think where the stories go from there.

He is descended from Mexican immigrants, so the border is in his blood. But the line he is sworn to defend is dissolving. Haunted by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. And when an immigrant friend is caught on the wrong side of the border, Cantú faces a final confrontation with a world he believed he had escaped.

The Line Becomes a River is timely and electrifying. It brings to life this landscape of sprawling borderlands and the countless people who risk their lives to cross it. Yet it takes us beyond one person’s experience to reveal truths about life on either side of an arbitrary line, wherever it is.

The Infinite Monkey Cage: The Complete Series 14-17

BBC Radio Comedy (Author) , Brian Cox (Read by) , Robin Ince (Read by), Brian Cox (Read by), Robin Ince (Read by)

Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science.

The Infinite Monkey Cage has become one of BBC Radio 4’s most popular science-based programmes. In each episode physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince delve into a particular field of science, with the help of guests from the worlds of science, academia and entertainment.

These 25 episodes feature subjects ranging from the music to Frankenstein, from particle physics to the science of sleep, and from astronauts to insects. Also included are the 2016 and 2017 Christmas Special episodes.

Well-known guests featured in this collection include Dave Gorman, Phil Jupitus, Sara Pascoe, Ross Noble, Eric Idle, Noel Fielding, Katy Brand, Mark Gatiss and Dara O'Briain.

The Museum of Curiosity: Series 9-12

John Lloyd (Author) , Jo Brand (Read by), John Lloyd (Read by) , Noel Fielding (Read by), Romesh Ranganathan (Read by)

Join Professor John Lloyd and Curators Noel Fielding, Jo Brand, Romesh Ranganathan and Sally Phillips as they plunge down the badger hole of ignorance in a search for the universe's most mind-boggling oddnesses.

The Museum of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice, and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside that doesn’t make you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go ‘Hmm’. Fortunately, helping to fill its almost vacant plinths is a gathering of the world’s most original minds.

The guests bearing donations to the museum in this collection include Howard Goodall, Corey Taylor, Vic Reeves, Ross Noble, George Monbiot, Lucy Porter, Deborah Frances-White, Stephen K Amos, Konnie Huq, Rory Bremner and Phil Jupitus.

Bookworm

Lucy Mangan (Author)


When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one.

She was whisked away to Narnia – and Kirrin Island – and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. She wandered the countryside with Milly-Molly-Mandy, and played by the tracks with the Railway Children. With Charlotte’s Web she discovered Death and with Judy Blume it was Boys. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library or to spend her pocket money on amassing her own at home.

In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. She also disinters a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.

Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life – prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate – and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.

My Dear Bessie: A Love Story in Letters

Chris Barker (Author), Bessie Moore (Author), Benedict Cumberbatch (Read by), Jane Slavin (Read by), Louise Brealey (Read by)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey read a love story in letters, played out against the backdrop of the Second World War.

‘Can you feel, as you read these words, that I am thinking of you now; aglow, alive, alert at the thought that you are in the same world, and by some strange chance loving me.’

A small blue box opened in 2008 revealed a wartime world of love, longing and frustration. Inside were bundles and bundles of letters written neatly in pen, in pencil, on thin blue airmail paper or headed army notepaper. Envelopes covered in postmarks, redirections, censor’s stamps. A love affair in letters, between two people who barely knew each other, thousands of miles apart, in the middle of a war, with no idea when or whether they will ever see each other again.

On September 5th 1943, Chris Barker, a signalman stationed near Tobruk in North Africa, decided to write to a former work colleague, Bessie Moore, a Morse code interpreter at the Foreign Office back in London. The unexpected warmth of Bessie's reply changed their lives forever.

Chris and Bessie's love letters first appeared in Simon Garfield's book To The Letter. They toured literary festivals as part of Letters Live before being published in a book, My Dear Bessie.

Written by Chris Barker and Bessie Moore
Letters compiled by Simon Garfield
Adapted by Sara Davies
Produced and Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Cast
Chris……….Benedict Cumberbatch
Bessie……….Louise Brealey
Irena……….Jane Slavin

Elsinore

Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), John Heffernan (Read by), John Light (Read by)

How did Claudius become the man he is in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What were the real reasons behind the murder of his brother? How does he really feel about his nephew? These questions will be answered in this drama spiced with ghosts, pirates, magic and political skulduggery.

Set in an alternative Europe in the 1930s, Elsinore is a prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This compelling new drama imagines the turbulence of the Danish court, in a world where Denmark is a powerful, militarised country with a small Empire around the Baltic that it is fighting hard to maintain. There is more than a hint of totalitarianism in the air.

In this uneasy setting, Elsinore delves into the troubled, not to say murderous relationship between King Hamlet and his brother Claudius: one of the most interesting characters in the Shakespearean canon. Realism meets with moments of otherworldliness as the story unravels, taking in pirates and magic, rebellion and betrayal.

A dark, exciting drama that touches on the events and people in Shakespeare's play, and brings us to the moment where Hamlet begins.

From the extraordinary imagination of Sebastian Baczkiewicz, writer of the successful Pilgrim series.

Directed by Marc Beeby and Sasha Yevtushenko

Cast
Claudius..........John Light
Hamlet..........John Heffernan
Dauphin..........Ed Gaughan
Captain True..........Chetna Pandya
Polonius..........Clive Hayward
Gertrude..........Lyndsey Marshal
Anders/Dr Swiss..........Neil McCaul
Olsson..........Rupert Holliday-Evans
Yorick/Guard/Defence/Captain..........Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Katya..........Isabella Inchbald
Beatrix..........Abbie Andrews
Archimedes/Prosecutor..........David Reakes
Horatio/ Schroeder/Judge..........Philip Bretherton
Laszlo/Voice/Ulrik Krabbe..........Adam Fitzgerald
Uncle..........Ben Crowe
Helena..........Clare Corbett
Helgeland..........Sudha Bhuchar

Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection

Colin Dexter (Author), Full Cast (Read by), John Shrapnel (Read by), Robert Glenister (Read by)

Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories.

In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor’s disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence. . .

In The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn Inspector Morse tackles the murder of an exam invigilator. The newly appointed member of the Oxford foreign exam syndicate was deaf, and he wasn’t from the insular world of the Oxford colleges. Now he is dead.

After he’s rushed into hospital, Inspector Morse becomes intrigued by an old crime in The Wench is Dead. Could the wrong men have been hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks?

Plus Colin Dexter reads his own short story, The Double Crossing, in which it is a good first day for a certain detective named Lewis.

Gripping, suspenseful and entertaining, these BBC dramatisations were adapted by Guy Meredith from the original Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter.

Dead Ringers: Series 17 plus Christmas Specials

Tom Jamieson (Author) , Nev Fountain (Author) , Debra Stephenson (Read by), Duncan Wisbey (Read by), Jan Ravens (Read by), Jon Culshaw (Read by), Lewis MacLeod (Read by)

The complete Series 17 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show – plus two Christmas special episodes

Dead Ringers returns with more sharp, topical comedy in these eight shows, featuring all six episodes from Series 17 as well as the two 2017 Christmas specials. Impressions and caricatures are the charming courtiers of explosively satirical truth-bombs as Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey take on the worlds of politics and entertainment.

There’s some post-election skewering for Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Tim Farron; ‘Arlene from Belfast’ calls Moneybox Live for advice about her sudden windfall; and gossipy ‘Govey’ leaves back-stabbing answerphone messages for Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood. Plus, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer receives a late-night phone call; Hilary Mantel joins Gardeners’ Question Time; and David Sedaris and Alan Bennett have a biscuit-off…

The two Christmas editions feature HM The Queen, Dame Joan Bakewell and ‘Brexit Bulldog’ David Davis, as well as taking a look at how Britain’s media would cope if Donald Trump pushed the button.

Produced by Bill Dare
Written by Tom Jamieson, Nev Fountain, Tom Coles, Ed Amsden, Sarah Campbell, Laurence Howarth, James Bugg, Laura Major, Max Davis and Jack Bernhardt

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 16 June – 21 July 2017 (Series 17) and 22 – 29 December 2017 (Christmas Specials)

Charles Dickens - The BBC Radio Drama Collection Volume Three

Charles Dickens (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Ian McKellen (Read by), Kenneth Cranham (Read by), Michael Kitchen (Read by), Miriam Margolyes (Read by) , Sheila Hancock (Read by), Timothy Spall (Read by)

Epic full-cast radio dramatisations of four of Charles Dickens' classic novels

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned novelists of all time, and this third volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes some of his most famous stories.

David Copperfield
Described by Dickens as his ‘favourite child’, this is the story of a boy growing to maturity in the affairs of the world and of the heart.

Bleak House
The tangled case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce ensnares all who come near it, from from young innocents Richard Carstone and Ada Clare to the regal Lady Deadlock and humble orphan Esther Summerson.

Hard Times
Hard facts are all that provincial businessmen Mr Gradgrind and Mr Bounderby feel are necessary in life. But the arrival of Sleary’s circus in Coketown shows another way…

Little Dorrit
Centred around the Marshalsea Debtor’s Prison, this much-loved tale follows the fortunes of young seamstress Amy Dorrit and Arthur Clennam, a man with a family secret to uncover.

With a star cast including Robert Glenister, Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron and Sir Ian McKellen, these BBC radio adaptations of Dickens' four great masterpieces are full of surprise, suspense and memorable characters.

Duration: 19 hours approx.

The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Later Years

Charles Dickens (Author) , Alison Steadman (Read by), Andrew Scott (Read by), Geraldine McEwan (Read by), Ian Holm (Read by), Ian McKellen (Read by), Miriam Margolyes (Read by) , Richard Griffiths (Read by), Robert Lindsay (Read by), Timothy Spall (Read by), Tom Baker (Read by)

Enthralling radio dramatisations of eight of Charles Dickens' much-loved novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this second digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes eight of his classic novels.

This collection includes the epic masterpiece David Copperfield, described by Dickens as his ‘favourite child’; suspenseful mystery Bleak House; Dickens’ most openly political novel, Hard Times and Little Dorrit, a sweeping tale of imprisonment, poverty and riches. Also included are A Tale of Two Cities, set during the French Revolution; coming-of-age novel Great Expectations; sweeping satire of wealth and corruption Our Mutual Friend and Dickens’ final, unfinished story The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

With a star cast including Robert Glenister, Robert Lindsay, Honeysuckle Weeks, Kenneth Cranham, Sir Ian McKellen, Alison Steadman, Geraldine McEwan, Andrew Scott and Ian Holm, these radio adaptations bring Dickens’ imaginative world to colourful, captivating life.

David Copperfield
Charles Dickens..................................................................Robert Glenister
Young David ........................................................................Steven Williams
Betsey Trotwood..................................................................Deborah Findlay
Peggotty/Mrs Gummidge...................................................Susan Jameson
Murdstone.............................................................................Wayne Foskett
Little Emily.............................................................................Lulu Popplewell
Mr Peggotty...........................................................................Gerard McDermott
Jane Murdstone...................................................................Amy Marston
Steerforth...............................................................................Geoffrey Streatfield
Mr Micawber..........................................................................Paul Bradley
David......................................................................................Michael Legge
Mr Wickfield...........................................................................Geoffrey Whitehead
Agnes Wickfield....................................................................Emily Wachter
Uriah Heep............................................................................Shaun Dingwall
Other parts played by Colleen Prendergast, Paul Ritter, Richard Firth, Harry Myers, Daniel Anthony, Alison, Pettit, Diana Quick, Eve Best, Flaminia Cinque, Adrian Scarborough, Nicholas Le Prevost, Carl Prekopp, Joanne Froggatt, Alex Tregear, Helen Longworth, Selina Griffiths

Bleak House
Esther Summerson........................................................Claire Price
John Jarndyce..................................................................Michael Kitchen
Kenge................................................................................John Shrapnel
Miss Flite...........................................................................Jean Marsh
Tulkinghorn.......................................................................Anton Lesser
Ada Claire..........................................................................Honeysuckle Weeks
Richard Carstone............................................................Robert Portal
William Guppy..................................................................Rob Jarvis
Lady Dedlock....................................................................Daisy Beaumont
Krook/Sir Leicester Dedlock..........................................Michael Atwell
Hortense/Miss Barbary...................................................Ellie Haddington
Harold Skimpole..............................................................Michael Fenton Stevens
Tom Jarndyce...................................................................Jonathan Oliver
Snagsby.............................................................................Greg Hicks
Other parts played by Hugh Terry, Suzanne Rainforth, Dell Synnot, Tamara King, Brendan O’Hea, Danny Worters, Berwick Kaler, Eamon Boland, Roger Frost, Hugh Terry, Charlie Hayes

Hard Times
Thomas Gradgrind.............................................................Kenneth Cranham
Josiah Bounderby...............................................................Philip Jackson
Mrs Sparsit............................................................................Eleanor Bron
Mrs Gradgrind......................................................................Thelma Barlow
Sleary.....................................................................................Derek Waring
Louisa....................................................................................Helen Longworth
Rachael.................................................................................Becky Hindley
Stephen.................................................................................Alan Williams
Mrs Pegler.............................................................................Marcia Warren
Mrs Blackpool.......................................................................Frances Jeater
M'choakumchild...................................................................Stephen Critchley
Tom.........................................................................................Nick Roud/Richard Firth
Sissy.......................................................................................Stephanie Rawson/Lydia Tuckey
Bitzer........................................................................................Alex Slater/Declan Wilson
Other parts played by Chris Moran, Jaimi Barbakoff, Greg Prentice, Guy Henry, Ioan Meredith, Ben Crowe, Damian Lynch, Soumaya Keynes

Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens................................................................Sir Ian McKellen
Arthur Clennam..................................................................Julian Wadham
Mrs Clennam......................................................................Margaret Tyzack
William Dorrit......................................................................John Wood
Little Dorrit...........................................................................Jasmine Hyde
Flora Finching....................................................................Sophie Thompson
Fanny Dorrit.........................................................................Indira Varma
Frederick Dorrit...................................................................Peter Tuddenham
Affery.....................................................................................Jennie Stoller
Barnacle Junior..................................................................Kenny Blyth
Maggy...................................................................................Helen Ayres
Pancks.................................................................................Philip Joseph
Flintwinch.............................................................................Ioan Meredith
Tite Barnacle.......................................................................Gordon Reid
Other parts played by Jonathan Keeble, Ben Crowe, Clare Corbett, Kenneth Cranham

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens..............................................................Robert Lindsay
Jarvis Lorry........................................................................Jonathan Coy
Miss Pross........................................................................Alison Steadman
Lucie Manette....................................................................Lydia Wilson
Dr Alexandre Manette......................................................Karl Johnson
Charles Darnay................................................................Andrew Scott
Sydney Carton..................................................................Paul Ready
Ernest Defarge.................................................................James Lailey
Theresa Defarge..............................................................Tracy Wiles
Gaspard/Stryver................................................................Simon Bubb
Jerry Cruncher...................................................................Carl Prekopp
Joe.......................................................................................Rikki Lawton
Marquis St Evremonde.....................................................Clive Merrison
Barsad.................................................................................Gerard McDermott
Other parts played by Adam Billington, Christopher Webster, Adjoa Andoh, Daniel Cooper, Paul Moriarty, Alex Rivers

Great Expectations
Pip........................................................................................Douglas Hodge
Miss Havisham..................................................................Geraldine McEwan
Estella..................................................................................Amanda Redman
Joe Gardgery......................................................................Jim Carter
Mrs Joe................................................................................Maggie Steed
Jaggers...............................................................................John Shrapnel
Wemmick............................................................................Timothy Bateson
Herbert Pocket...................................................................James Simmons
Magwitch.............................................................................Robert Lang
Uncle Pumblechook.........................................................Norman Jones
Aged Parent........................................................................Michael Turner
Biddy.....................................................................................Emma Gregory
Bentley Drummle...............................................................Alan Barker
Orlick....................................................................................Brian Hewlett
Other parts played by Fraser Kerr, Gary King, Mark Straker, Norman Jones, Polly Maberley, Terence Edmond, Timothy Carlton, Elizabeth Kelly, Henry Power, Jenny Howe, Amanda Redman, Auriol Smith, Brett Usher, James Greene, James Simmons, Joanna Myers, Michael Turner, Timothy Alcock, Nigel Carrington, Ronald Herdman, Jane Whittenshaw, Stephen Garlick

Our Mutual Friend
Narrator.............................................................................Simon Cadell
John Rokesmith...............................................................Michael Kitchen
Lizzie Hexham..................................................................Janet Maw
Bella....................................................................................Pippa Guard
Eugene Wrayburn.............................................................Michael Cochrane
Mr Boffin..............................................................................Michael Graham Cox
Mrs Boffin............................................................................Megs Jenkins
Rogue Riderhood..............................................................Robert Lang
Pleasant Riderhood..........................................................Carole Boyd
Venus...................................................................................Jon Strickland
Mr Twemlow........................................................................Timothy Bateson
Silas Wegg..........................................................................Douglas Livingstone
Miss Jenny Wren................................................................Angela Pleasance
Bradley Headstone.............................................................Tom Wilkinson
Other parts played by Brett Usher, Maggie McCarthy, Hugh Dickson, Bill Nighy, Cyril Shaps, Henry Stamper, Narissa Knights, Cecile Chevrau, Michael Jenner, Geoffrey Collins, Jane Wenham, Jack May, Steve Hodson, Stephen Thorne, Avril Elgar, Moir Leslie, Margot Boyd, William Hope, Penelope Freeman, Pauline Letts, Daniel Thomason, Peter Acre, Theresa Streatfield, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Lumsden, David Sinclair, Mark Straker, Colin Starkey

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
John Jasper.............................................................................Ian Holm
Edwin Drood............................................................................Mark Payton
The Reverend Crisparkle......................................................Gareth Thomas
Neville Landless.....................................................................Simon Treves
Helena Landless....................................................................Helena Breck
Deputy.......................................................................................Susan Sheridan
Princess Puffer........................................................................Mary Wimbush
Miss Twinkleton.......................................................................Margaret Courtenay
Rosa Bud..................................................................................Moir Leslie
Grewgious................................................................................John Gabriel
Bazzard......................................................................................John Samson
Durdles......................................................................................Gordon Gostelow
Jeweller.....................................................................................John Moffatt
Joe..............................................................................................David Goudge
Other parts played by Timothy Bateson, Anna Cropper, Marcia King, Michael Cochrane, Vincent Brimble, Timothy Alcock, Margot Boyd, David King, Burt Kwouk, Noriko Aida, Madeline Smith, Hilda Kriseman, Jo Kendall, Anne Jameson, Michael Graham Cox

The Charles Dickens BBC Radio Drama Collection: The Early Years

Charles Dickens (Author) , Alex Jennings (Read by), Anna Massey (Read by) , Bill Nighy (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Julia McKenzie (Read by), Pam Ferris (Read by), Phil Daniels (Read by), Robert Glenister (Read by), Sandi Toksvig (Read by) , Tim McInnerny (Read by)

Captivating radio dramatisations of seven of Charles Dickens' most famous novels.

Charles Dickens is one of the most renowned authors of all time, and this first digital volume of the dramatised canon of his work includes seven of his most popular novels.

This collection includes the episodic adventure Nicholas Nickleby, comic tale The Pickwick Papers, poignant melodrama The Old Curiosity Shop and the much-loved Oliver Twist. Plus, there’s the gripping historical novel Barnaby Rudge, picaresque comedy Martin Chuzzlewit and bittersweet tale of family relationships Dombey and Son.

With their compelling plots, larger-than-life characters and vivid descriptions of Victorian life, Dickens’ stories have captivated generations of readers. These radio adaptations bring out all the hope and happiness, pathos and tragedy, satire and social realism of his seven classic masterpieces.

Among the star cast are Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, Phil Daniels, Julia McKenzie, Tim McInnerny and Robert Glenister.

Nicholas Nickleby
Dickens.................................................................Alex Jennings
Nicholas Nickleby.................................................................Oliver Millburn
Ralph Nickleby.................................................................Richard Johnson
Mrs Nickleby.................................................................Anna Massey
Kate Nickleby.................................................................Nicola Ratcliffe
Newman Noggs.................................................................Bruce Alexander
Miss la Creevy.................................................................Janine Duvitski
Mr Snawley.................................................................Ioan Meredith
Wackford Squeers.................................................................Ken Campbell
Mrs Squeers.................................................................Maggie McCarthy
Smike.................................................................Raymond Pickard
Fanny Squeers.................................................................Sophie Thompson
Tilda.................................................................Tilly Gaunt
John Browdie.................................................................Gareth Corke
Other parts played by Jeremy Clyde, Jamie Bamber, David Bamber, Hetty Baynes, Becky Hindley, Tracy Wiles, Fiona Clarke, Stephen Critchlow, Ben Crowe, Raymond Pickard, Tom Baker, Shuna Snow, Bruce Alexander, Nigel Anthony, Ifan Meredith, Gareth Cork, Tilly Gaunt, Michelle Wesson, John Rowe, Timothy Bateson, Ifan Meredith, Edna Dore

The Pickwick Papers
Pickwick................................................................................Clive Francis
Tupman...........................................................................Bill Wallis
Snodgrass................................................................................Christopher Scoular
Winkie........................................................John Duttine
Jingle........................................................Michael Cochrane
Wardle..................................................................................Peter Jeffrey
Perker.....................................................Norman Rodway
Sam Weller.......................................................Brian Parr
Tony Weller..........................................................................Trevor Peacock
Mrs Bardell...........................................................................................Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Minerva................................................................................Geraldine Fitzgerald
Mary.................................................................Jenny Funnell
Rachel..............................................................................................Sunny Ormonde
Job.........................................Stephen Boswell
Other parts played by John Webb, Susan Jeffrey

The Old Curiosity Shop
Dickens.................................................................Alex Jennings
Nell.................................................................Emily Chennery
Grandfather.................................................................Trevor Peacock
Quilp.................................................................Phil Daniels
Kit.................................................................Daniel Bliss
Dick.................................................................Ben Crowe
Betsy.................................................................Alison Pettit
Mrs Jiniwin.................................................................Marcia Warren
Harris.................................................................Ewan Bailey
Giant/Grinder.................................................................Gerard McDermott
Mrs Jarley.................................................................Julia McKenzie
Mrs Nubbins.................................................................Lindsey Coulson
Mr Garland.................................................................David Collings
Schoolmaster.................................................................Paul Hilton
Other parts played by Simon Donaldson, Geoff Felix, Sandi Toksvig, Adrian Scarborough, Nicola Hornett, Clive Swift, Ian Masters, Phillip Joseph, Paul Hilton, Timothy Bateson, Lynne Christie

Oliver Twist
Oliver................................................................................Edward Long
Mrs Mann...........................................................................Pam Ferris
Mr Bumble................................................................................Roger Hume
Sowerberry........................................................Bob Goody
Mrs Sowerberry........................................................Gillian Goodman
Charlotte..................................................................................Kimberly Hope
Noah.....................................................Alex Jones
Artful Dodger.......................................................Richard Pearce
Fagin..........................................................................John Grillo
Bill Sikes...........................................................................................Tim McInnerny
Nancy................................................................................Adjoa Andoh
Charley.................................................................Paul Ryan
Rachel..............................................................................................Sunny Ormonde
Brownlow.........................................Peter Jeffrey
Other parts played by Simon Carter, Tina Gray, David Holt, Terry Pearson, Graham Colclough, Gillian Goodman, Jonathan Wyatt, Brett Usher, Kim Wall, Joyce Gibbs, Teresa Gallagher, Pat Quayle

Barnaby Rudge
Haredale................................................................................Richard Pasco
Chester...........................................................................Norman Rodway
Gabriel Varden ................................................................................Ian Hogg
Barnaby Rudge........................................................Richard Derrington
The Stranger/Rudge........................................................Michael Siberry
Mary Rudge..................................................................................Janet Dale
Edward Chester.....................................................Gareth Tudor Price
Emma Haredale .......................................................Carolyn Backhouse
Joe Willett..........................................................................Richard Pearce
Willett...........................................................................................John Hollis
Dolly Varden................................................................................Cathy Sara
Martha Varden.................................................................Elizabeth Proud
Grip..............................................................................................Sue Wilson
Reuben Haredale/Parkes.........................................Christopher Scott
Other parts played by John Webb, Rob Swinton, Terry Molloy, Brian Miller

Martin Chuzzlewit
Mr Pecksniff.......................................................Christopher Benjamin
Charity Pecksniff..........................................................Angela Pleasence
Mercy Pecksniff.........................................................................Susie Brann
Old Martin.................................................................Patrick Troughton
Martin Chuzzlewit...........................................................Valentine Pelka
Tom Pinch ............................................................................David Collings
Mark Tapley.......................................................................Jonathan Tafler
Narrator..................................................................................Simon Cadell
John Westlock .................................................................Jonathan Cullen
Mrs Lupin.............................................................................Tessa Worsley
Mary Graham.........................................................................Zelah Clarke
Montague Tigg.......................................................Douglas Livingstone
Chevy Slyme.....................................................................Richard Durden
Anthony Chuzzlewit......................................................................Jack May
Other parts played by Stephen Hattersley, Struan Rodger, John McAndrew, Sheila Grant, Gordon Reid, Bill Nighy, Deborah Makepeace, Stephen Thorne, Norman Jones, Patricia Hayes, Edward de Souza, Kim Wall, Thelma Whitely, Paul Gregory, Steven Harrold, Bernard Brown, Tim Reynolds, Pauline Letts, Alan Dudley, Tom Wilkinson, Stuart Organ, David Sinclair, Rachel Gurney, Michael Graham Cox, Robin Summers, Philip Voss, Peter Howell, Avril Clark, Elaine Claxton, Manning Wilson, Andrew Branch, David Goodland, Natasha Pyne, Jennifer Piercey, Major Wiley, Sue Broomfield, Karen Ascoe, Brian Hewlett

Dombey and Son
Charles Dickens..................................................................Alex Jennings
Dombey..........................................................................Robert Glenister
Florence...............................................................................Abigail Hollick
Young Florence ..........................................................................Eliza Darby
Paul..........................................................................................Jacob Theato
Mr Carker................................................................................Adrian Lukis
Captain Cuttle .................................................................Trevor Peacock
Mrs Brown......................................................................Geraldine James
Dr Blimber................................................................................Robin Soans
Mrs Pipchin......................................................................Flaminia Cinque
Dr Peps....................................................................................Karl Johnson
Polly Toodles................................................................................Pam Ferris
Susan Nipper...................................................................Nadine Marshall
Walter...................................................................................Joseph Arkley
Other parts played by Jordan Clarke, Sam Pamphilon, Helen Schlesinger, Nicky Henson, Fenella Fielding, Ben Crowe, Lloyd Thomas, Claire Rushbrook, Bertie Carvel, Katy Cavanagh, Peter Marinker, Simon Treves, Alex Lanipekun, Lloyd Woolf, Judith Jones

Object-Oriented Ontology

Graham Harman (Author)

What is reality, really?
Are humans more special or important than the non-human objects we perceive?
How does this change the way we understand the world?

We humans tend to believe that things are only real in as much as we perceive them, an idea reinforced by modern philosophy, which privileges us as special, radically different in kind from all other objects. But as Graham Harman, one of the theory's leading exponents, shows, Object-Oriented Ontology rejects the idea of human specialness: the world, he states, is clearly not the world as manifest to humans. At the heart of this philosophy is the idea that objects - whether real, fictional, natural, artificial, human or non-human - are mutually autonomous. In this brilliant new introduction, Graham Harman lays out the history, ideas and impact of Object-Oriented Ontology, taking in everything from art and literature, politics and natural science along the way.

Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles. A key figure in the contemporary speculative realism movement in philosophy and for his development of the field of object-oriented ontology, he was named by Art Review magazine as one of the 100 most influential figures in international art.

Why We Can't Wait

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Author)

'Lightning makes no sound until it strikes'

This is the momentous story of the Civil Rights movement, told by one of its most powerful and eloquent voices. Here Martin Luther King, Jr. recounts the pivotal events in the city of Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 that propelled his non-violent campaign for racial justice from a movement of lunch counter sit-ins and prayer meetings to a phenomenon that 'rocked the richest, most powerful nation to its foundations'.

As inspiring and resonant as it was upon publication, Why We Can't Wait is both a unique historical document, and an enduring testament to one man's wise, courageous and endlessly hopeful vision.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison (Author) , Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)

Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history - from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.

Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models and everyday women who did extraordinary things.

Henry VII (Penguin Monarchs)

Sean Cunningham (Author)

Part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible format

Henry VII was one of England's unlikeliest monarchs. An exile and outsider with barely a claim to the throne, his victory over Richard III at Bosworth Field seemed to many in 1485 like only the latest in the sequence of violent convulsions among England's nobility that would come to be known as the wars of the roses - with little to suggest that the obscure Henry would last any longer than his predecessor. To break that cycle of division, usurpation, deposition and murder, he had both to maintain a grip on power and to convince England that his rule was both rightful and effective. Here, Sean Cunningham explores how, in his ruthless, controlling and personal kingship, Henry VII did so; in the process founding the Tudor dynasty and, arguably, helping to lay the foundations for modern government.

Sean Cunningham is a Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has published widely on late medieval and early Tudor England. His books include, most recently, a historical biography of Henry VII.

Elizabeth I (Penguin Monarchs)

Helen Castor (Author)

Part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible format

In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth I is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated; English explorers reached the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict; the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour.

In this illuminating new account of Elizabeth's reign, Helen Castor shows how England's iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity-an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. From her precarious upbringing at the whim of a brutal, capricious father and her perilous accession after his death, to the religious division that marred her state and the failure to marry that threatened her line, Elizabeth lived under constant threat. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.

The Birth of the RAF, 1918

Richard Overy (Author)

A short, brilliant account of the birth of the RAF for the centenary of its founding

The dizzying pace of technological change in the early 20th century meant that it took only a little over ten years from the first flight by the Wright Brothers to the clash of fighter planes in the Great War. A period of terrible, rapid experiment followed to gain a brief technological edge. By the end of the war the British had lost an extraordinary 36,000 aircraft and 16,600 airmen.

The RAF was created in 1918 as a revolutionary response to this new form of warfare - a highly contentious decision (resisted fiercely by both the army and navy, who had until then controlled all aircraft) but one which had the most profound impact, for good and ill, on the future of warfare.

Richard Overy's superb new book shows how this happened, against the backdrop of the first bombing raids against London and the constant emergency of the Western Front. The RAF's origins were as much political as military and throughout the 1920s still provoked bitter criticism.

Published to mark the centenary of its founding this is an invaluable book, filled with new and surprising material on this unique organization.

A Journey Through the Cycling Year

The Cycling Podcast (Author)

Readers as well as listeners can now embark on a journey through the cycling year with The Cycling Podcast, which has been entertaining and informing fans since 2013.

Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe share their diaries from three incident-filled Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. These take readers behind the scenes and explore the culture and landscape as well as the racing, while the ‘Lionel of Flanders’, complete with beer recommendations, does the same for the Classics in Belgium.

There are appearances, too, by leading journalists and podcast favourites François Thomazeau, who takes responsiblity for the French Tour de France jinx, Ciro Scognamiglio, with a hearfelt love letter to cult favourite Filippo Pozzato, Fran Reyes, who pens a farewell to El Pistolero, Alberto Contador, and Orla Chennaoui, who hits the road to cover La Course in a one-woman karaoke-booth-on-wheels.

Further contributions from professional riders Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Joe Dombrowski and the voice of the Tour de France, Sebastien Piquet, as well as stunning galleries from the podcast world’s first and only dedicated photographer, Simon Gill, make this the perfect celebration of a year in cycling.

The Future of Humanity

Michio Kaku (Author)

Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.

World-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores in rich, accessible detail how humanity might gradually develop a sustainable civilization in outer space. With his trademark storytelling verve, Kaku shows us how science fiction is becoming reality: mind-boggling developments in robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology could enable us to build habitable cities on Mars; nearby stars might be reached by microscopic spaceships sailing through space on laser beams; and technology might one day allow us to transcend our physical bodies entirely.

With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes readers on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity could finally fulfil its long-awaited destiny among the stars - and perhaps even achieve immortality.

Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker (Author)

Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible?

If you follow the headlines, the world in the 21st century appears to be sinking into chaos, hatred and irrationality. Yet, as Steven Pinker shows, if you follow the trendlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous - not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it's the gift of a coherent value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it. These are the values of the Enlightenment: of reason, science, humanism and progress. The challenges we face today are formidable. But the way to deal with them is not to sink into despair or try to lurch back to a mythical idyllic past; it's to treat them as problems we can solve, as we have solved other problems in the past. This is the case for an Enlightenment newly recharged for the 21st century.

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