Audiobooks

A Journey through Italy

in the company of Dickens, Hazlitt,
Twain, and other travellers

Compiled by Martyn Wade
in collaboration with Catriona Oliphant

Read by Rachel Bavidge, Jilly Bond, Bertie Carvel,
Gunnar Cauthery, Jonathan Keeble, and Peter Marinker

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‘Italy is the country to which a person borne down by care, or overworked by business, should resort. Its climate will serve as an anodyne to induce the required repose; and the happy faces that on every side present themselves will dispose to cheerfulness.’

Marguerite, Countess of Blessington – The Idler in Italy

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A Journey through France

in the company of Dickens, Thackeray,
Twain, and other travellers

Compiled by Martyn Wade
in collaboration with Catriona Oliphant

Read by Jilly Bond, Bertie Carvel, Gunnar Cauthery,
Jonathan Keeble, Peter Marinker, and Patience Tomlinson

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‘Nous voilà! We are at Paris! The diligence has been travelling with extraordinary speed. The postilion cracks his terrible whip, and screams shrilly. The conductor blows incessantly on his horn; the bells of the harness, the bumping and ringing of the wheels and chains, and the clatter of the great hoofs of the heavy snorting Norman stallions, have wondrously increased within this, the last ten minutes; and the diligence dashes gallantly forward. What a capital coach! We will ride henceforth in it, and in no other!’

Thackeray – The Paris Sketchbook

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The Colonel of Tamarkan

Philip Toosey and
The Bridge on the River Kwai

By Julie Summers

Read by Anton Lesser
Abridged by Neville Teller

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A Daily Telegraph audiobook of the year 2009
Runner-up Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010

Broadcast on BBC Radio 7 – April 2010
Radio choice: The Daily Telegraph

A remarkable tribute to a forgotten British hero. Alec Guinness won an Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai but, as Julie Summers reveals in this brilliant and moving biography, his role bore scant resemblance to the facts. The real officer in charge of the bridge-building was her grandfather, Philip Toosey.

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