• Fairy Tales (unabridged)

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Georgina Sutton and David Timson narrate Fairy Tales, a collection of stories by the influential fantasy writer George MacDonald, described by W.H. Auden as ‘one of the most remarkable writers of the 19th century’. We also have more fiction by Émile Zola, with La Terre (The Earth), a tale of greed, jealousy and power games, read by Leighton Pugh, as well as George Gissing’s The Nether World, a dramatic, fast-moving and brutal novel that lays bare the reality of urban poverty in 1870s London, narrated by Nicholas Boulton. Roger May brings us Childhood, Boyhood and Youth, a nostalgic blend of fact and fiction by a very young Leo Tolstoy, and Bill Homewood reads Tennyson’s epic poem, Idylls of the King, the finest retelling of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Fairy Tales (unabridged)

George MacDonald, described by W.H. Auden as ‘one of the most remarkable writers of the 19th century’, was valued in his own time as an original thinker and spiritual guide.

La Terre (unabridged)

Zola’s La Terre (The Earth) proved highly controversial on publication in 1887 and still retains the power to shock. It follows the fortunes of the Fouan family in the years…

The Nether World (unabridged)

Dramatic, fast-moving and brutal, Gissing’s highly regarded early novel lays bare the reality of urban poverty in 1870s London. Old Michael Snowdon returns to the city with…

Childhood, Boyhood and Youth (unabridged)

Blending fact and fiction, this trilogy by a very young Tolstoy centres on the inner life of Nikolai as he navigates the universal challenge of growing up. In relating his thoughts…

Idylls of the King (unabridged)

Lovers of legends know that this is the finest retelling of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table; lovers of literature know that this is the greatest of…

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Fairy Tales (unabridged)

‘George MacDonald… in his power to project his inner life into images, beings, landscapes which are valid for all, is one of the most remarkable writers of the nineteenth century.’ W.H. Auden George MacDonald, often lauded as the father of …

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