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Her Ladyship’s Girl: A Maid’s Life in London
Anwyn Moyle
Her Ladyship’s Girl: A Maid’s Life in London
Read by Gillian Jephcott

Anwyn Moyle was born at the end of the First World War in a Welsh mining village. At 16, she went to London to be a scullery maid, and later became a lady’s maid where she was expected to cover up her mistress’s affairs. Her time there ended when she was caught with a young aristocrat in her room. However, she found her niche in the working-class atmosphere of the capital city’s pubs and in her di... More >

A Handful of Earth: A Year of Healing and Growing
Barney Bardsley
A Handful of Earth: A Year of Healing and Growing
Read by Ruth Sillers

When Barney Bardsley’s husband died of cancer, she felt anxious, alone and exhausted. But she had to stay strong for their young daughter, Molly, so she steeled herself to cope by taking one day at a time. During this dark time she took to tending her small, scruffy allotment and she slowly began to find comfort in nature. This is the diary of her year in the garden, and as the seasons unfold, she... More >

All the Way Home: Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary
Bookey Peek
All the Way Home: Stories from an African Wildlife Sanctuary
Read by Julie Maisey

Richard and Bookey Peek hadn’t planned on adopting a warthog, any more than one would plan a tidal wave or a tornado, but at Stone Hills, natural disasters have a way of happening when you least expect them. Through Zimbabwe’s darkest days, Stone Hills has become a world in itself. A place where you might share your shower with an owl. A place where a warthog relinquishes her place on the sofa to ... More >

Johnson’s Life of London: The people Who Made the City That Made the World
Boris Johnson
Johnson’s Life of London: The people Who Made the City That Made the World
Read by The Author

Boris Johnson’s book celebrates many of the characters who have made this city great. Providing a chronological story of London, it is written in the form of a relay race of biographies – some very famous figures,some more obscure. He ranges from the Romans to one of the author’s predecessors as mayor,Dick Whittington; from Chaucer to J.W.Turner, and through to modern times. Boris Johnson writes w... More >

She Landed by Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: The Real Charlotte Gray
Carole Seymour-Jones
She Landed by Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: The Real Charlotte Gray
Read by Catherine Harvey

On the night of the 22 September 1943 Pearl Witherington, a 29-year-old British secretary and Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, was parachuted into Occupied France. Pearl had a dual mission: to fight for her beloved France and to find her lost love who had been taken prisoner. Her wartime record is unique. She became a legendary guerrilla leader training 3,800 Resistance fighters. Probabl... More >

Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
Catherine Bailey
Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
Read by Gareth Armstrong

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago is was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams – an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism; a tragic connection to the Kennedys;... More >

Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast
Charlie Connelly
Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast
Read by David Thorpe

The Shipping Forecast is a curious piece of broadcasting: at once impenetrably baffling yet at the same time reassuringly familiar. But where are these places, and what secrets do they conceal? Charlie Connelly sets off on a journey round the forecast to find out, unearthing the history and culture behind one of Britain’s best-loved broadcasting institutions.... More >

And Did Those Feet
Charlie Connelly
And Did Those Feet
Read by David Thorpe

As a lover of both history and the countryside, urbanite couch-potato Charlie Connelly decides to rectify this and sets out on foot along some famous routes, journeying alongside Boudica’s chariot in Norfolk, reliving Bonnie Prince Charlie’s flight to Skye, and taking the same tragic route as the starving famine walkers of Connemara. It’s a tale that features broken toes, dead poets, a couple of g... More >

Reading Allowed
Chris Paling
Reading Allowed
Read by David Thorpe

This is the story of a small-town library, its staff, and the fascinating group of people who make up its ‘regulars’. We meet characters like the elderly Mad Hatter, who scurries around manically searching for books; Stewart, a gay man with a spray-on tan who pops in most days for a nice chat; and relentlessly cheerful Trish, who always dresses in pink. Some are tragic, some amusing, some surreal,... More >

A House in Sicily
Daphne Phelps
A House in Sicily
Read by Carolyn Bonnyman

Near Mount Etna in Sicily, on a hillside rising precipitously above the small terracotta-roofed town below, sits a perfectly proportioned house built in golden stone, the most beautiful in Taormina. A House in Sicily is a homage to Casa Cuseni, written by the Englishwoman who has loved and cared for it for over fifty years.... More >

The World According to Bumble: Start the Car
David Lloyd
The World According to Bumble: Start the Car
Read by The Author

Legendary SkySports cricket commentator David “Bumble” Lloyd is a legend in our living rooms, a genuine “good bloke” all cricket fans feel they know inside out because of his infectious, larger-than-life personality and that distinctive Lancashire burr. He has earned cult status as a commentator and pundit. Enjoy the camaraderie that exists among the SkySports team and laugh out loud at the storie... More >

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Deborah Cadbury
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe
Read by Charlotte Strevens

Queen Victoria had over thirty surviving grandchildren, and to maintain and increase power in Europe, she hoped to manoeuvre them into dynastic marriages. Yet they often had plans of their own, and her matchmaking was further complicated by tumultuous international upheavals. Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking travels through the glittering, decadent palaces of Russia and Europe, weaving in scandals, po... More >

Princes at War
Deborah Cadbury
Princes at War
Read by Cameron Stewart

King George V predicted that his son, Edward VIII, would destroy himself within a year of succeeding to the throne. In December 1936 he was proved right, and the world’s press revealed the king was abandoning his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. A life spent in the shadow of his charismatic elder brother left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom an... More >

Chocolate Wars: From Cadbury to Kraft: 200 Years of Sweet Success and Bitter Rivalry
Deborah Cadbury
Chocolate Wars: From Cadbury to Kraft: 200 Years of Sweet Success and Bitter Rivalry
Read by Finty Williams

Deborah Cadbury takes a journey into her own family history to uncover the rivalries that have driven 250 years of chocolate empire-building. In the early 19th century Richard Tapper Cadbury sent his son, John, to London to study a new and exotic commodity: cocoa. Within a generation, John’s sons had created a chocolate company to rival the great English and European firms. At the turn of the mill... More >

Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl
Donald Sturrock
Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl
Read by Stephen Thorne

Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He pushed children’s literature into uncharted territory and almost 20 years after his death his popularity continues to grow. In this masterly biography, written with exclusive access to his private papers and manuscripts as well as with reference to hundreds of newly-discovered letters, Donald Sturrock reveals many hitherto hidden aspec... More >


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