The Return of the Native

The Return of the Native (1878) is one of Hardy's most popular novels. Set on the brooding Egdon heath it traces the lives and loves of five people. Clym Yeobright, the native,...

Oliver Twist

"Please, sir, I want some more," Oliver says, holding out his bowl for more gruel, a Dickens scene recognisable to most. A young orphan, Oliver Twist has only ever seen the tough...

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is Joyce’s semi-autobiographical first novel. It traces the early life of Stephen Dedalus and his inner struggle with the oppression of...

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol has never been out of print since it was first published in 1843, and no wonder! This ghostly little book creates the feeling of Christmas that we still enjoy...

The Dead

James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet. His short story, The Dead, the concluding story in Dubliners, often considered as one of the best works of short fiction, concerns a...

The Vicar Of Wakefield

First published in 1766, the loveable and innocent Dr Primrose and his family have given pleasure to all that have read it. The story opens with the vicar losing his fortune and...

Silas Marner

"I thinkSilas Marnerholds a higher place than any of the author's works," said Henry James of this classic George Eliot novel. When a little girl wanders into a random house one...

Ulysses

I first decided to record Ulysses in October 2015. Little did I know then what an unforgettable eighteen months lay ahead. Having already recorded Dubliners and Portrait (and...

Far From The Madding Crowd

Far From The Madding Crowd is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel. It centres on the lives of five characters: Gabriel Oak, Bathsheba Everdene, Mr. Boldwood, Sgt. Troy and Fanny Robin....

The Pickwick Papers

The Pickwick Papers was Dickens's first novel. Retired businessman and confirmed bachelor, Mr Samuel Pickwick esquire, embarks on a journey through the English countryside...

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