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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo (Author)

Three BBC dramatisations of the novels of award-winning author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo.

This collection includes:

War Horse
Michael Morpurgo's enduringly popular tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse during World War One. Starring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins.

Private Peaceful - a powerful story about a young soldier, set in the First World War. Starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, with a guest appearance by Michael Morpurgo.

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea - a lyrical tale about child migration, narrated by Michael Morpurgo and starring Jason Donovan, Olivia Beardsley and Toby Jones.

Deception Island

Chris Larsson (Author)

A photograph found in the effects of a murdered polar explorer reveals evidence of something that should not be there. A military team from a top-secret unit is dispatched. But the South Atlantic in winter is about the most hostile environment on earth. And before you can fight, first you have to survive . . .

Complex, rocket-paced, and dripping with authenticity, Deception Island is a unique thriller that conveys the details of the intelligence world, survival techniques, combat tactics and military hardware so convincingly that there will be questions asked in the MoD about just who it is that might have written this book . . .


Sarah Lotz (Author) , Gregg Capullo (Author) , Mark Millar (Author)



Jim Al-Khalili (Author)

2041, and for all the advances science and technology have brought, our world is under attack from rampant climate change, uncontrollable mass migration, cyber-terrorism, fragmenting societies and insidious governmental secrecy and paranoia. And then the unthinkable happens - the Earth, our planet, seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field, which protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing . . .

Fearful of the mass hysteria that would follow if the truth were to become known, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian computer genius stumbles across what is really going on, the secret is out, and it's a race against time to put in place an outrageous, desperate last ditch plan to save the world: to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter. As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists - each a maverick in his or her own way - battle to find a way of transforming the theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails - and so bring about humanity's end...

Set in a brilliantly-imagined near future world of dazzling technologies, AIs and augmented realities, eminent scientist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili's thrilling debut novel draws on cutting edge science to tell a nail-biting story of what might be . . .

Celtic Empire

Clive Cussler (Author) , Dirk Cussler (Author)

Anancient mystery becomes an all-too-real modern threat for Dirk Pitt and hiscolleagues, in an extraordinary adventure novel in one of suspense fiction'smost beloved series.

The murder of a team of U.N. scientists while investigating mysterious deathsin El Salvador. A deadly collision in the waterways off Detroit. An attack fromtomb raiders on an archeological site along the Nile. Is there a link betweenthese violent events? The answer may lie with the tale of an Egyptian princessforced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago.

From the desert sands of Egypt to the rocky isles of Ireland to the deepwaterlochs of Scotland, only Dirk Pitt can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigmathat could change the very future of mankind.

A Mother’s Love

Katie Flynn (Author)


Set in Liverpool during the Second World War, this is a tale of love, loss, and the strength of one young woman who overcomes the odds.

The Silver Sword

Ian Serraillier (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Hester Cox (Read by), Sarah McDonald Hughes (Read by), Stephen Hoyle (Read by)

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of this much-loved children’s classic.

When the Germans invade Poland in 1939, the Balicki family are suddenly torn apart by war. The children head to Switzerland with street urchin Jan, hoping to track down their parents and clinging to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. On the way, Ruth, Bronia, Edek and Jan must avoid the Burgomaster, who hunts Polish refugees.

This moving account of their epic journey brings to life the reality of a Europe laid waste by war.

Starring Sarah McDonald Hughes, Stephen Hoyle and Hester Cox.


Stephen Baxter (Author) , Frank Lazarus (Read by), Laurel Lefkow (Read by), Mel Taylor (Read by), Michael Roberts (Read by), Rolf Saxon (Read by), Russell Bentley (Read by), Vincent Marzello (Read by), William Dufris (Read by), William Roberts (Read by)

An alternative history of the US space programme, dramatised by Dirk Maggs.

After the moon, Mars… What if John F. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt and developed the space programme?

President Nixon, with the help of former president JFK, has just green-lit NASA’s first manned expedition to Mars. Aboard the expedition is Natalie York, a geologist who risks everything she loves for the chance to go to space; Phil Stone, former X-15 test pilot; and Ralph Gershon, a Vietnam War hero intent on being the first African American to reach another planet.

Exploring mankind’s ambitions in space, Voyage chronicles the incredible story of what could have been.


Natalie York...Laurel Lefkow
Mike Conlig...William Dufris
Gregory Dana...Michael Roberts
Joe Muldoon...Vincent Marzello
Chuck Jones...Frank Lazarus
Jim Dana...Russell Bentley
Ben Priest...William Roberts
Ralph Gershon...Mel Taylor
Phil Stone...Rolf Saxon

Based on the novel by Stephen Baxter
Produced and directed by Dirk Maggs
Music by Wilfredo Acosta

Big Week

James Holland (Author)

'James Holland is a master' BBC History

It was to be the battle to end the air war once and for all . . .

During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and at the same time draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this monumental air assault was very quickly became known simply as Big Week.

In the six months up to its launch, for the Allies, the bomber war was not turning out as planned. Raids by the US Eighth Air Force and the RAF deep into Germany were being decimated and falling far short of its purpose. With D-Day drawing ever-closer, that was a massive problem. The Allies needed clear skies to invade. The clock was ticking inexorably.

Yet the Luftwaffe was also in crisis. Short of resources, of fuel, and on properly trained pilots, the strain on those still flying was immense, their losses severe. And despite the chaos of their leadership, they were achieving far more than should have been reasonably expected against the superior numbers of the Allied planes.

Big Week is the knife-edged story of bomber against flak gun and fighter, but also, crucially, fighter against fighter, as the stakes rose higher and higher. Following the fortunes of pilots, aircrew and civilians from both sides, this is a blistering narrative of one of the most critical periods of the entire war, one that culminated in the largest air battle ever witnessed. It is also one that has been largely forgotten, but which has been brilliantly brought back to life by award-winning historian, James Holland.


David Gillham (Author)

A breathtaking new novel that asks the question: what if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust?

It is 1945, and Anne Frank is sixteen years old. Having survived the concentration camps but lost her mother and sister along the way, she reunites with her father, Pim, in newly liberated Amsterdam. But Anne is adrift, haunted by the ghost of her sister, Margot, and the atrocities they experienced. Her beloved diary is gone, and her dreams of becoming a writer seem distant and pointless now.

As Anne struggles to build a new life herself, she grapples with overwhelming grief, heartbreak, and ultimately forgiveness. In this masterful story of trauma and redemption, David Gillham explores with breath-taking empathy the woman - and the writer - Anne Frank might have become.

On a Turning Tide

Ellie Dean (Author)


A fabulous, heart-warming Second World War novel in Ellie Dean's bestselling Cliffehaven series (previously called the Beach View Boarding House series).


Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Author) , Steve May (Author) , Ben Whishaw (Read by), Eve Best (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Ian McDiarmid (Read by), Jane Lapotaire (Read by), Pam Ferris (Read by), Philip Glenister (Read by)

The story of Arthur retold: as a powerful tribal leader in fifth-century Britain.

The action takes place in Britain between 493 AD and 515 AD. It begins with the 17-year-old Arthur, a stable boy, who is visited by Merlin. He pulls the sword from the stone and is proclaimed king; a legend is born.

But the tribal leaders refuse to acknowledge him, and in the years that follow a civil war begins, Arthur has a son, receives Excalibur, and eventually rules with his Queen, Gwenfar at his side.

This gripping tale of Arthur’s rule takes in betrayal, combat, a quest for the Holy Grail, human sacrifice, adultery, treason and war.

Starring Jane Lapotaire as Morgan, Ben Whishaw as Young Arthur, Philip Glenister as Older Arthur, Ian McDiarmid as Merlin, Eve Best as Young Morgan and Pam Ferris as Gaura.

Written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Episodes 1-3) and Steve May (Episodes 4-6)
Directed by Gordon House
Produced by Gordon House and Jeremy Mortimer

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea & The Mysterious Island

Jules Verne (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Kerry Gooderson (Read by), Madeline Hatt (Read by), Nathan Osgood (Read by), Neil McCaul (Read by), Sagar Arya (Read by), Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong (Read by)

Jules Verne's two novels featuring Captain Nemo (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island), condensed down to two thrilling hours.

In 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Marine scientist Professor Aronnax and his stowaway daughter Connie join whaler Ned Land aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln to hunt an aggressive sea monster, believed to be a giant narwhale. When they engage the monster, they find to their astonish­ment it's an electrically-powered submarine, the Nautilus, techno­logically far superior to any vessel known. They are rescued by the ship's enigmatic captain, Nemo...

In The Mysterious Island, military engineer Cyrus Smith, his freed slave Neb, and reporter Grace Spilett - flee the besieged city of Richmond in a balloon. Their vessel is caught in a vast storm and blown thousands of miles until it crashes on a remote Pacific island. But they soon realise that they are not alone on the island...

Cast of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Captain Nemo - Sagar Arya
Professor Pierre Aronnax - Neil McCaul
Miss Connie Aronnax - Madeline Hatt
Ned Land - David Seddon
Captain Farragut - Philip Bretherton

Cast of The Mysterious Island
Cyrus Harding - Nathan Osgood
Grace Spilett - Kerry Gooderson
Neb - Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong
Tom Ayrton - Rupert Holliday Evans
Captain Nemo - Sagar Arya

Tom Clancy's Oath of Office

Marc Cameron (Author)

The latest thriller in Tom Clancy's internationally bestselling Jack Ryan series.

Praise for Tom Clancy
'He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale'
New York Times

'Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical'
Washington Post

'Exhilarating. No other novelist is giving so full a picture of modern conflict'
Sunday Times

'A brilliantly constructed thriller that packs a punch like Semtex'
Daily Mail

'A virtuoso display of page-turning talent'
Sunday Express


Geraint Jones (Author)

'Brutal, audacious, and fast-paced' - Anthony Riches, author of bestselling Empire series

Former soldier Geraint Jones delivers a visceral historical fiction epic that captures the essence of the men fighting for the blod-stained legions on the fringes of the Roman Empire.

In the wake of a brutal massacre, the battle-hardened legionary Felix is taken as a slave to a traitorous Roman's German army: a force hellbent on tearing apart the Empire.

As legion after legion falls, it;s up to Felix and his shackled comrades to escape captivity and starvation, and to lead the defence of a lone fort against an insurgent force that has destroyed all in its path. because if their last stand fails then Rome itself could be next...

Christmas at Liberty's

Fiona Ford (Author)

The first novel in the Liberty Girls series will be loved by fans of Elaine Everest, Nancy Revell and Mr Selfridge.

September, 1941.

Mary arrives in war-torn London nursing a broken heart and a painful secret.

When she is offered her dream post as an assistant in the fabric department at Liberty store, she knows this is the fresh start she needs. Amid the store’s vibrant prints and sumptuous interiors, Mary finds a new family who can help her to heal.

But not everyone will give Mary such a warm welcome, and the trauma of her past will soon catch up with her.

As Mary and the Liberty Girls endure the heartache and uncertainty of war, it will take a steady heart to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

The Naked and the Dead

Norman Mailer (Author)

Based on Mailer's own experience of military service in the Philippines during World War Two, The Naked and the Dead' is a graphically truthful and shattering portrayal of ordinary men in battle. First published in 1949, as America was still basking in the glories of the Allied victory, it altered forever the popular perception of warfare.

Focusing on the experiences of a fourteen-man platoon stationed on a Japanese-held island in the South Pacific during World War II, and written in a journalistic style, it tells the moving story of the soldiers' struggle to retain a sense of dignity amidst the horror of warfare, and to find a source of meaning in their lives amisdst the sounds and fury of battle.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Gordon Doherty (Author)

Get ready for Odyssey: journey deeper in the world of Assassin's Creed in the official novel of the highly anticipated new game, coming October 2018.

Greece, 5th century BCE. Kassandra is a mercenary of Spartan blood, sentenced to death by her family, cast out into exile. Now she will embark on an epic journey to become a legendary hero - and uncover the truth about her mysterious lineage.

The Assassin's Creed novels have sold more than 1 million copies around the world, gaining almost 30,000 4 and 5 star reviews. See what readers are already saying about the series that lets you dive deeper into the world behind the highly acclaimed video game series:

'A brilliant read' *****

'I love this book' *****

'Original and unique' *****

'A brilliant accompaniment to the games' *****

The Armies of the Night

Norman Mailer (Author)

October 21, 1967, Washington, D.C. 20,000 to 200,000 protesters are marching to end the war in Vietnam, while helicopters hover overhead and federal marshals and soldiers with fixed bayonets await them on the Pentagon steps. Among the marchers is Norman Mailer. From his own singular participation in the day's events and his even more extraordinary perceptions comes a classic work that shatters the mould of traditional reportage. Intellectuals and hippies, clergymen and cops, poets and army MPs crowd the pages of a book in which facts are fused with techniques of fiction to create the nerve-end reality of experiential truth.

The Armies of the Night uniquely and unforgettably captures the Sixties' tidal wave of love and rage at its crest and a towering genius at his peak.

The Man Who Would Be King

Rudyard Kipling (Author) , Blake Ritson (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Peter Polycarpou (Read by), Richard Ridings (Read by), Samuel James (Read by)

Kipling's chilling adventure about two men who set out to be kings of a remote region of Afghanistan.

Kipling, our narrator, tells this strange story: he was running a newspaper in a big Indian city. In the hot stillness of one night when he was putting the paper to bed, two men come into his office. They are red-bearded giant Daniel Dravot and his friend Peachy Carnehan. These two "gentlemen at large" as they call themselves, lately of the British army, have put together an insane and dangerous plan: they want to be Kings of Kafiristan, a mountainous region of Afghanistan.

Three years later, a crippled man in rags comes into Kipling's office. He is Peachy Carnehan, and he relates the chilling story of their adventure.

A thrilling and haunting story about the folly and glory of imperial ambition, yet at its heart this is also a story of friendship.

Rudyard Kipling - Blake Ritson
Daniel Dravot - Richard Ridings
Peachey Carnehan - Samuel James
Timuk - Peter Polycarpou
Tribesmen - Joseph Ayre, Stephen Hogan, Ryan Early, Ryan Whittle
Young woman/Bride - Lauren Cornelius
Wounded man - John Lightbody

Produced by Abigail le Fleming

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