Mightier than the Sword
This fifth book in the Clifton Chronicles series opens with an IRA bomb exploding during MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage – with repercussions for Emma Clifton, chairman of Barrington Shipping. Meanwhile, Harry Clifton is campaigning to free a Russian dissident author. Jeffrey Archer’s cliffhanger is read here by Alex Jennings. Unabridged.
The Great Swindle
A winner of the Prix Goncourt, this powerful novel follows Henri d’Aulnay Pradelle, a lieutenant who shoots two of his own men, from the Western Front into the dark side of post-war France, where Pradelle’s fate becomes entangled with two men who know of his crime. Translated by Frank Wynne.
Lost Legend of the Thryberg Hawk
The Mystery Crossbow Boy Who Saved the Fortunes of York at The Battle of Towton
Jack Holroyd’s novel tells the story, ‘missing’ from history, yet kept alive in folk memory, of the young Yorkshire crossbow archer, Edmund Hawksworth, who killed two prominent Lancastrian lords and turned events in York’s favour at the Battle of Towton.
In Mary Shelley’s powerful Promethean fable, Dr Frankenstein’s experiment and its terrible outcome is told through the letters of an English explorer who met the doomed scientist as he pursued his monster into the Arctic wilderness. This abridged version is read by Daniel Philpott, Jonathan Oliver and Chris Larkin. Naxos Young Adult Classics. 2 CDs 2hrs 37mins, plus a bonus CD-ROM with a full text and study guide.
The Sunne in Splendour
A Novel of Richard III
Presenting Richard III as a man more sinned against than sinning, Sharon Penman’s classic novel was written from the conviction that ‘history is rewritten by the victors’, and it served Henry Tudor’s purpose to have Richard portrayed as a soulless monster. Set amid the Wars of the Roses, the novel follows Richard from childhood, through battles, love and the treachery of court politics, to his death on Bosworth Field. This 30th-anniversary edition includes some revisions and a new author’s note.
The Whitehall Mandarin
In Wilson’s critically acclaimed Cold War thriller, MI6 agent William Catesby is given the job of finding – then burying – a secret from the past of Lady Somers, who is the new head of the Ministry of Defence; but the search takes a dangerous turn, even confronting him with the enigma of China’s emergence as a superpower.
Far From the Madding Crowd
As a young, independent woman taking over the running of a rural estate, Bathsheba Everdene attracts the attentions of three very different men: a respectable local farmer, a dashing soldier, and a devoted young shepherd, Gabriel Oak, who works on her land. This was the first of Hardy’s great novels, first published in 1874.
Death Comes to Pemberley
A much-acclaimed sequel to Pride and Prejudice, PD James’s bestselling thriller is set in 1803, six years after Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage. Their orderly world at Pemberley is shattered when Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia Wickham, arrives in distress, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
A Very British Ending
Often compared to Le Carré, Edward Wilson’s series of intelligent, skilfully plotted Cold War thrillers follows the career of MI6 officer William Catesby. In this book, his task is to outwit agents on both sides of the Atlantic as they plot to remove the British PM – Harold Wilson – from power.