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  • Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey | Frances Wilson

    Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Frances Wilson
    • Narrated By Mil Nicholson
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    In this spectacular biography, Wilson's meticulous scholarship and supple prose tells the riches-to-rags story of a figure of dazzling complexity and originality, whose life was lived on the run yet who came to influence some of the world's greatest literature. Guilty Thing brings De Quincey and his martyred but wild soul triumphantly to life and firmly establishes Wilson as one of our foremost contemporary biographers.

  • How to Survive the Titanic: The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay | Frances Wilson

    How to Survive the Titanic: The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Frances Wilson
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    On the terrifying, chaotic night of April 14, 1912, while the Titanic was sinking, Bruce J. Ismay, the ship's owner, made a decision that would save his life - and end it. Ismay boarded a lifeboat meant for women and children, and within days became The Most Talked-of Man in the World. Branded a coward, he became a flesh-and-blood embodiment of Joseph Conrad's legendary eponymous character, Lord Jim.

    Pete says: "Not especially uplifting, but quite good"
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