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  • The Life of Oscar Wilde | Hesketh Pearson

    The Life of Oscar Wilde

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hesketh Pearson
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
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    This is the remarkable and tragic story of Oscar Wilde, legendary wit and conversationalist, author of perhaps the most perfect comedy in the English language, yet seemingly doomed by his own flawed temperament to suffer at the hands of a censorious and hypocritical society...

  • A Life of Shakespeare | Hesketh Pearson

    A Life of Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hesketh Pearson
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, David Timson, Daniel Philpott, and others
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    The plays of William Shakespeare, and his famous lines, are part of the national consciousness. There may be few solid facts about Shakespeare the man, and yet not only do we want to know all about him - we feel, through his plays, we do.

  • Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life | Hesketh Pearson

    Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hesketh Pearson
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
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    Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) will always be remembered for the character of Sherlock Holmes. But he was a prolific writer - of short stories, of science fiction and historical fiction. In his comprehensive biography, Hesketh Pearson considers how his life is reflected in his books - including his background as a doctor, and his enduring (and public) belief in spiritualism.

    Nelson says: "A Good Read (or should I say listen)"
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