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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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Stranger in the House

Women’s stories of men returning from the Second World War

By Julie Summers

Read by Lesley Manville
Abridged by Neville Teller

With contributions from the author,
Mollie Lodder, Amy Clifford, Carol Cooper and Stephanie Hess

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A Daily Telegraph audiobook of the year 2009

A moving and honest look at how war altered ordinary women’s lives forever. During the course of 1945 and 1946, more than four million servicemen returned home after the most destructive war in history. Much has been written and spoken about men’s experiences of the war but, uniquely, Stranger in the House focuses on the women’s side of the story which has been largely ignored in the intervening years. Their stories – human, poignant and often humorous – are testaments to a quiet, everyday courage which has been little recognised.

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The People’s Place

Presenter: Harry Enfield
BBC Radio 4 – The Archive Hour – June 2007, repeated December 2007

Harry Enfield has some musical fun and games as he relives some of the more extraordinary – and eccentric – moments from the Royal Festival Hall’s cosmopolitan past.

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