Kay and her little sister, Eloise, never imagined that their standard icy Christmas Eve in Cambridge would be the start of a twelve-night odyssey . . .
Kay's father is working late - as usual. Fed up, her mother bundles her daughters into the car and drives to her husband's Cambridge college to collect him herself. But when they arrive, the staff claim that nobody by his name has ever worked there . . .
Kay is puzzled by her mother's reaction - silent tears, not anger and confusion. And what is even more puzzling is the card on her pillow when they return home:
Will O. de Wisp, Gent. F.H.S.P. and Phillip R. T. Gibbet, Gent. F.H.S.P. K.Bith. REMOVALS.
That night, Kay is woken by voices at her window: the voices of Will and Phillip, the Removers. But they are not human. And Kay shouldn't be able to see them. Except she can . . .
The complete 95th series from the long-running topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, hosted by Miles Jupp.
Eight more episodes featuring a panel of comedy guests who trawl through news stories big and small to provide comedy, commentary, irony and irreverence.
Guests featured in this series include Helen Lewis, Andrew Maxwell, Zoe Lyons, Simon Evans, Angela Barnes, Lucy Porter, Lloyd Langford, Peter Oborne, Jeremy Hardy, Kerry Godliman, Daliso Chaponda, Isabel Hardman, Andy Hamilton, Fern Brady, Vicki Pepperdine, Hugo Rifkind, Mark Steel, Desiree Burch, Zoe Lyons and Fred MacAuley.
The panellists discuss the week's top stories, such as pricey trains, an unfortunate street name, a cabinet reshuffle and Coronation kerfuffle and the Carrillion carry-on.
A brand new comedy series from award-winning stand-up comedian Bridget Christie.
As Bridget Christie struggles to come to terms with current world events - Kim Jong-un, the melting polar ice caps, the Brexit negotiations and Nick Knowles singing a cover of The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun", she embarks on a comic quest for her Utopia - a way of living that will make her less anxious and enable her to have her first happy wee since the Brexit vote in 2016.
EPISODE 1: Disengage In the first episode of the series, Bridget explores politically disengaging for a week - to see if that will make her happier. Will not reading the papers, abstaining from all social media and not watching rolling news reports bring a smile to Bridget's face? Or will life still be completely rubbish?
EPISODE 2: Spirituality Next, Bridget explores spirituality - could Yoga, Hinduism or becoming a nun be the answer to all her problems? Bridget meets an elderly nun - Sister Agatha - at Bar Convent, hides from an Easter egg hunt and witnesses the aftermath of her husband getting a wedgie from the ghost of Napoleon.
EPISODE 3: Countryside What about living on a rural commune, or moving her family to the country? Bridget meets a woman who runs her own commune in rural Wales. Could a new life in the countryside help this town mouse switch off?
EPISODE 4: Money In the final episode of the series, Bridget explores money and being super rich. Will auditioning for a lucrative TK Maxx commercial and playing a Capitalists vs Marxists Board game with former Labour leader Ed Miliband enlighten Bridget over the happiness that lots of money could bring her? Could being super rich bring her inner calm?
Stand-up show recorded in front of a studio audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.
Starring: Bridget Christie With special guests Mike Christie and Leyla Hussein Producers: Simon Nicholls and Alison Vernon-Smith A BBC Studios Production
The complete second series of Bridget Christie’s award-winning series about modern feminism.
Bridget thought that she'd be able to put her feet up after her last Radio 4 series. She expected it to bomb. Sadly, it was a huge success and she's had to bang on about feminism ever since, perform two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh festival and win lots of awards. But she hasn't managed to single-handedly eradicate sexism so she's made a whole new four-part series about it for Radio 4.
In this series, Bridget asks who has the best sexism in the world, deconstructs a yogurt advert, and discusses why twitter is a sexist's natural habitat. She explains what happens when you wear an 'End FGM' badge on a popular TV show, and tries to find a feminist icon who doesn't want to replace the word 'feminism' with 'bootylicious'.
Series 1 of Mind the Gap won the Rose D’Or International Broadcasting Award for Best Radio Comedy 2014 and the Chortle Award for Best Radio Series 2014. Series 2 won the Chortle Award for Best Radio Programme 2015.
Produced by Alexandra Smith and Alison Vernon Smith.
Celebrate the royal romance of His Royal Highness Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle! This paper doll book features lifelike cut-out and keep figures of Harry and Meghan, with a variety of mix-and-match outfits. Enjoy dressing them up for every occasion, from a night relaxing at home in their unicorn onesies, to a seventies disco and a red carpet event. And, of course, the big day itself!
Nicola Bryant reads this classic novelisation of a Sixth Doctor TV adventure.
En route to Kew Gardens, the Doctor and Peri arrive in Northern England at the time of the Luddite uprisings. Unknown to them, the TARDIS has been dragged of course by the Master, who plans to pervert the course of history and destroy his arch enemy once and for all. But also present is the Rani, another exile from Gallifrey, who is conducting her own evil experiments on the humans of the 19th Century. Soon the Doctor discovers that the female of the species is far, far deadlier than the male . . .
Five classic novelisations of TV adventures featuring UNIT!
In Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, the newly regenerated Third Doctor is plunged into a nightmarish adventure on contemporary Earth. Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters sees the Doctor, Liz Shaw and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart investigating strange occurrences in Derbyshire. In Doctor Who: Inferno an ambitious drilling project has potentially disastrous consequences for two alternative Earths. In Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons the Doctor, UNIT and Jo Grant face the return of the Nestenes and the arrival on Earth of the Master. In Doctor Who: The Three Doctors UNIT HQ is invaded by anti-matter, and a crisis on Gallifrey leads to unprecedented collaboration between three incarnations of the Doctor.
Read by Caroline John, Geoffrey Beevers and Katy Manning. Duration: 23 hours approx. Each purchase is accompanied by a PDF booklet featuring full cast and credits, chapter-by-chapter navigation, and sleeve notes for each book by David J. Howe.
“…this always excellent range continues to delight in its pursuit of committing the entire Target Books library to audio.” Doctor Who Magazine
Sound design by Simon Power TARDIS sound effect by Brian Hodgson
Executive producer: Michael Stevens Cover illustration by Nick Spender
In the last hundred years – between the invention of the microphone and the computer – music has undergone a profound revolution. No longer confined to specifically designed instruments, we can now make music out of anything.
Why use a guitar when you can use a lawnmower? Why use a lawnmower when you can use an explosion in Libya?
The Music evokes a shifting sonic landscape in precise detail – Chinese concrete slowly hardening, overlaid by a splintering cassette tape in the stereo of a car mid-crash. The noise of 73,984 insects hitting number plates followed by that of a drill striking oil deep beneath the earth’s surface. Or just the silence of two unfamiliar people as they look up at the night sky.
As well as being a description of an imagined album this novel is a manifesto for sound, challenging how we hear the world itself, while listening to stories about humanity and our place in that world.
Penguin presents the audio download edition of Ladybird Favourite Fairy Tales read by Gemma Whelan and Nigel Pilkington.
Listen to eight traditional, captivating fairy tales in this gorgeous audio treasury from Ladybird. Each classic tale has been retold for young readers and is perfect for your little one, whether you're curled up at home or on the move.
Stories include: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Porridge Pot, Little Red Hen and The Ugly Duckling.
My comedy career began in 1971, which proves I have no comic timing. In 1971 there were no comedy clubs, no comedy agents and not much comedy future.
Inspired by Spike Milligan, John Dowie embarked on his comedy career in a time when such a thing was virtually unheard of, and then, just as alternative comedy began to be recognised by popular culture, he quit. And so began his next obsession – riding his bike.
Having been blessed (or cursed) with an addictive personality, Dowie quickly realises that what was once a simple hobby – cycling – will soon become something very different…
This book follows a similar route to his cycling habits: it meanders from place to place, occasionally gets lost but is unfailingly entertaining. Wending his way through France and Holland, round the lanes of Norfolk and over the hills of Devon, Dowie expertly leads his readers on a delightful journey through the trials, tribulations and triumphs of his life so far.
Abortion is illegal in almost every circumstance in Ireland, making it the only democracy in the western world to have such a constitutional ban:
· Between 1980 and 2015, at least 165,438 Irish women and girls accessed UK abortion services. In 2016, the figure was 3,265. · Any woman or girl who procures an abortion, or anyone who assists a woman to procure an abortion in Ireland can be criminalised and imprisoned for up to fourteen years. · A woman may not procure an abortion in Ireland if she is pregnant due to incest or rape, or to prevent inevitable miscarriage and fatal foetal abnormality.
The movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment and make abortion legal in Ireland has grown massively over the last few years. This anthology shares the literature, personal stories, opinions, photography, art and design produced by the movement that catalysed 2018’s momentous referendum.
Featuring prize-winning novelists, critically acclaimed poets, cutting-edge artists and journalists on the front line, this anthology will be the definitive collection of the art inspired by the most pressing debate in contemporary Ireland, and beyond.
Contributors include: Lisa McInerney, Anne Enright, Louise O’Neill, Caitlin Moran, Tara Flynn, Aisling Bing, Sinead Gleeson, Emmet Kiran.
Danny Brocklehurst (Author), Various (Author)
, Craig Cheetham (Read by), Deborah McAndrew (Read by), Full Cast (Read by), Hugo Speer (Read by)
Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone.
This collection brings together Series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes.
Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.
Directed by Nadia Molinari, Stefan Escreet, Charlotte Riches and Pauline Harris.
Mary Shane by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone is investigating the high profile case of a missing teenage girl, when 80-year-old Mary Shane confesses to murdering three people 60 years earlier.
The Tiesthat Bind by Damian Wayling: A body dredged up from a lake implicates an ex-police officer and a respected headteacher.
Dead Fishes by Chloe Moss: A young man with Down's Syndrome admits to killing his mother.
God’s Witness by Danny Brocklehurst: A woman witnesses the murder of a young boy by a notorious gang.
The DeservedDead by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone and his team investigate the brutal murder of a known sex offender.
Collateral Damage by Martin Jameson: Stone investigates the death of Gary Taylor, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Bridge by Cath Staincliffe: When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge, Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation.
The Night by James Rye: Stone investigates the sexual assault of the wife of one of his team, and uncovers a dark secret.
Sleep Tight by Cath Staincliffe: Two-year-old Brianna disappears one night from her family home.
Demons by Martin Jameson: A young man, Emir, is fatally stabbed in a Manchester street in front of his twin brother, Jamal.
Taken by Richard Monks: A man of Polish descent is attacked in the lead up to local elections.
One of Our Own by Danny Brocklehurst: A fellow police officer is found critically injured on the notorious Marinduque Estate.
Something to Do by Martin Jameson: A young boy is discovered badly injured and left for dead.
Blood by Vivienne Harvey: DCI Stone gets in the ring to investigate the murder of a promising young thai kick boxer.
Heart of Darkness by Gurpreet Bhatti: A schoolgirl's body is found in a park in the poor part of town.
Mother Love by Richard Monks: Jean fights to defend her son Matthew after he is arrested for downloading child pornography.
"My daughter took her first steps on the day I was diagnosed - a juxtaposition so perfect, so trite, so filled with the tacky artifice of real life that I am generally too embarrassed to tell anybody about it."
Shortly after his daughter Leontine was born, Christian Donlan's world shifted an inch to the left. He started to miss light switches and door handles when reachingfor them. He would injure himself in a hundred stupid ways every day. First playful and then maddening, these strange experiences were the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, an incurable and degenerative neurological disease.
Ashis young daughter starts to investigate the world around her, he too finds himself exploring a new landscape - the shifting and bewildering territory ofthe brain. He is a tourist in his own body, a stranger in a place that plays bizarre tricks on him, from dizzying double vision to mystifying memory loss. Determined to master his new environment, Christian takes us on a fascinating and illuminating journey: through the history of neurology, the joys andanxieties of parenthood, and the ultimate realisation of what, after everything you take for granted has been stripped away from you, is truly important in life.
An Unmapped Mind is a profoundly personal, uplifting and enriching memoir that will change the way you see your body, your mind, and the world around you.
In the summer of 2018, the entire planet will be glued to its screens as Russia hosts the greatest show on Earth: the FIFA World Cup.
As the home of global football fan culture, COPA90 will be there every step of the way to bring the true story of Russia 2018 to its huge social media following.
Football fans of all ages can be one step ahead of the game with this comprehensive guide to the planet's biggest tournament. This isn't just a book about the big teams and the star names - it's the real football fan's World Cup book. Penned by COPA90's own in-house team of football fanatics, it has something for everyone including:
* The full run-down on all 32 competing nations, with a focus on each side's biggest legend and most promising young star. * A guide to the host nation's stadiums and cities, with info gathered from COPA90's own travels to Russia. * The most memorable moments in World Cup history. * The best and worst teams, players, kits and goal celebrations. * Find out which of your favourite stars make the grade in COPA90's Ultimate World Cup XI. * Much, much more!
A fascinating exposé of the country's most violent murderers and their horrifying crimes, based on years of original research.
Pure Evil takes a close look at the country's deadliest criminals, from those who horrified the nation to those less famous but equally brutal; they are all serving life sentences behind bars, but what made them do it?
Delving deeper into the stories of lifers such as Jeremy Bamber, Joanna Dennehy and Ian Huntley, Pure Evil asks whether they are just that...or something more complex.
In this shocking, chilling and powerful book Geoffrey Wansell exposes killers' motivations and remorse, but also seeks out an answer to the vital question: should life always mean life?
'Soaringly beautiful, urgent and disturbing... A masterpiece.' Colm Tóibín, from the introduction
Death in Spring is a dark and dream-like tale of a teenage boy's coming of age in a remote village in the Catalan mountains; a place cut off from the outside world, where cruel customs are blindly followed, and attempts at rebellion swiftly crushed. When his father dies, he must navigate this oppressive society alone, and learn how to live in a place of crippling conformity.
Often seen as an allegory for life under a dictatorship, Death in Spring is a bewitching and unsettling novel about power, exile, and the hope that comes from even the smallest gestures of independence.
'Rodoreda has bedazzled me' Gabriel Garcia Marquez
'Rodoreda's artistry is of the highest order' Diana Athill
'Read it for its beauty, for the way it will surprise and subvert your desires, and as a testament to the human spirit in the face of brutality and willful inhumanity.' Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing
The West's centuries-old status as the centre of global wealth and power is coming to an end. As the new powers - China and India from Asia and others from Africa and Latin America - rise to the top of the world's pecking order, how should the West react? Kishore Mahbubani argues passionately and provocatively that the West can no longer impose its power and ideals on the world at large, and - paradoxically - that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term. Mahbubani examines the myths and self-delusions of Western power with an outsider's critical eye, and the shocking freshness of his geopolitical analysis will give all Westerners and political thinkers pause for thought.
A pulse-pounding new series set in the Sunday Times bestselling world of Pittacus Lore's I Am Number Four. Follow the latest adventures of the Human Garde as they develop their legacies and battle to save our planet.
At a dinner party, Maigret recounts an old case in which Adrien Josset is found guilty and executed for the murder of his wife, Christine. As the case develops under the controlling hand of the magistrate, all clues point to Josset's guilt yet Maigret is left unconvinced following his one interview with him. Years after the case, Maigret still doubts the true identity of the murderer.
Penguin is publishing the entire series of Maigret novels in new translations. This novel has been published in a previous translation as Maigret Has Doubts.
'His artistry is supreme' John Banville
'One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories' Guardian