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  • P.G. Wodehouse: The Authorized Biography | Frances Donaldson

    P.G. Wodehouse: The Authorized Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Frances Donaldson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Who has not come to know and love the impeccable Jeeves and the inimitable Bertie? Together with Lord Emsworth, his prize sow the Empress of Blandings, Psmith, and a whole host of redoubtable Wooster aunts, they form a cast of characters, immortalized in print and on screen, whose sharply observed antics are as popular now as when they first appeared in 1919.

    Mark says: "An Appreciative Official Biography of Plum"
  • Evelyn Waugh | Frances Donaldson

    Evelyn Waugh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Frances Donaldson
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
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    In his lifetime, Evelyn Waugh’s personality and his attitude to the postwar world aroused almost as much controversy as his works did admiration. It is with Evelyn Waugh, the man as she knew, him that Frances Donaldson is principally concerned. His own autobiography covered the first 25 years of his life. The perceptive, affectionate and often vividly illuminating study starts in 1948 and describes their various meetings until his death in 1966. Frances Donaldson describes the writer as family man, friend, host, and country neighbour.

  • A Child of the Twenties | Frances Donaldson

    A Child of the Twenties

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frances Donaldson
    • Narrated By Suzan Crowley
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    No names are dropped for the sake of it. No mad and witty intimacies with the great are vaunted. Few wild parties are attended, despite the eccentric pressures of Frances Donaldson's father, the playwright Frederick Lonsdale, whose personality is one of the book's delights. In her neat and good-tempered way the author brings alive the attitudes and the atmospheres common to the twenties and thirties. Abetted by her father, she passed through the mill of night-clubs into a faulty marriage

  • The Marconi Scandal | Frances Donaldson

    The Marconi Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Frances Donaldson
    • Narrated By Carolyn Seymour
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    In March 1912 the postmaster-general accepted the Marconi Company's tender to build the first six stations of a wireless chain to link up the British Empire. The negotiations had been conducted for the Marconi Company by the managing director, Godfrey Isaacs, brother of Sir Rufus Isaacs, the Attorney-General. Immediately it became clear that opposition to the contract would be unexpectedly strong. There was evidence of a gamble in Marconi shares. Rumours began to spread charging Ministers, among them Lloyd George, with corruption in placing the contract and using their position to speculate in Marconi shares.

  • A Twentieth Century Life | Frances Donaldson

    A Twentieth Century Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Frances Donaldson
    • Narrated By Cerris Morgan-Moyer
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    Frances Donaldson led a wonderfully multi-faceted life. As the daughter of the playwright Frederick Lonsdale, she grew up in the frivolous world of 1920s cafe society, yet she became a committed socialist. As the wife of Lord Donaldson, who was on the board of both London opera houses and was subsequently Minister for the Arts, she was at the centre of cultural life in Britain.

  • Freddy Lonsdale | Frances Donaldson

    Freddy Lonsdale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frances Donaldson
    • Narrated By Carol Irwin
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    A biography of one of the London theatre's most important wits and playwrights. Donaldson discusses the life and work of the man who wrote over twenty plays and musicals that were produced in London in the first half of the 20th century.

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