Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. This audiobook brings together two of his well known short stories. In 'The Selfish Giant', a once selfish giant welcomes the children to his previously forbidden garden and is eventually rewarded by an unusual little child.
Nelson continues to fascinate academics as well as the general public. He is still considered one of Britain’s greatest heroes and featured within the top ten of the BBC poll of such figures. But why does Nelson still remain such a prominent figure in the national imagination? With 2005 being the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Victoria Carolan embarks on a timely reappraisal of Nelson, the myth and the man.
"Good story, poor reader."
Saki was the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 - November 13, 1916), a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives.
"It wasn't that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese." Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an actress, a prima donna, an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove. Sugieh quickly establishes herself as queen of the house.
"A Must Read For Cat Lovers"
An unusual treatise on sex education, dating back to 1922 in America. There is a strong bias towards abstinence and indeed there are threats of hellfire and brimstone as a result of, shall we say, 'interference'? With its hectoring tone and finger wagging stance, it is alarming to think that this book was treated as a serious authority on the subject of sex and even more alarming that, even today, some of the points it makes are taken seriously in certain parts of the world.
The behaviour of a Siamese cat is never predictable, as all owners well know. The calm of the Tovey household is once again torn to shreds when Doreen's cat Seeley instantly loathes the new arrival, Shebalu, and she - all five inches of her - loathes him back. And then, even worse, they become firm friends, and team up to create havoc. The characters of 'Cats in the Belfry' return with a vengeance: Father Adams, Miss Wellington and Annabel the donkey.
"For Cat lovers"
For millions of people saints provide comfort, hope and inspiration and act as intercessors to God. But whilst the earliest saints and martyrs served an essentially spiritual role within society their impact and influence can also be found today throughout the modern secular world.
The Toveys attempt to settle down to a quiet life in the country. Unfortunately for them, however, their tyrannical Siamese cats have other ideas. From causing an uproar on the BBC to staying out all night and claiming to have been kidnapped, Sheba and Solomon's outrageous behaviour leaves the Toveys at their wits end.
The Holy Grail is a subject that fascinates and intrigues. Through its various guises as magic cauldron, cornucopia, horn of plenty and chalice cup it has remained at the centre of popular culture from antiquity right up to the present day. An object of marvel and mystery it inhabits a place in mythology that has its roots in historical facts. The Grail has been a major inspiration and catalyst for literature and the arts in Western Culture.
"Excellent "pocket guide" to the Grail"
"So there we were, driving along with an earth-box, a bag of turkey and, squalling his head off on my knee in Sheba's basket, the new boy." The Toveys are no strangers to disaster, particularly the Siamese-related kind, but when their beloved Solomon dies unexpectedly, they're faced with a completely new type of problem - do they find another cat to replace the one they've lost?
Saki was the pen name of Hector Hugh Munro (December 18, 1870 - November 13, 1916), a British writer, whose witty and sometimes macabre stories satirized Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. His tales feature delicately drawn characters and finely judged narratives. This audiobook collects together three more of his finest short stories.
"Can't hear the brilliance for the godawful voice"
Here is a compendium of also-rans and never-made-its. We're talking Betamax, the Sinclair C5, puffball skirts, sporks, the Millennium Dome... and countless other products that never quite cut it.
Steady weight loss and improved self-image are not impossible. Anyone can do it. If you're fed up with miracle herbs and fad diets that always fail, try these proven techniques from real people who swear by them.
"Light hearted and enjoyable"
Katherine Mansfield was the pen name of Kathleen Mansfield Murry (1888-1923), a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction. She is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of her period. A number of her works, including "Miss Brill", "Prelude", "The Garden Party", "The Doll's House", and later works such as "The Fly", are frequently collected in short story anthologies.
So you've found yourself young, free and single again. This is a guide to getting your own back. From hoaxes to hit-and-run, these humorous ideas should inspire you to wreak havoc on the one so stupid as to think they could live without you, and to get the revenge you deserve.
Do you find yourself using highlighter pens in the TV listings to plan your weekly viewing? Tear yourself away from the box and focus your attention on this guide to telly addiction. You may find yourself so immersed that you miss the start of "Emmerdale".
Do you have a phone front to match every outfit? Do you text faster than you can write? You could be suffering from the spreading epidemic of mobile-addiction - check out the symptoms in this volume. Put your feet up, have a listen and let your answer-phone take your messages.
Do you need a fire extinguisher to blow out the birthday candles? Do you think Posh and Becks is a department store? If so, the warning signs are flashing - this book should help determine whether you're really over the hill.
"You really know you are getting old if...."
Did you ride a chopper to school, buy your dad Old Spice for Christmas or believe that Jim could really fix it? If this sounds like you then hang up your disco ball, rake out the old Atari 2600 and tuck into a curly-wurly as you prepare to find out if you are a true child of the 70s in this flashback to the decade that style forgot.
Would you know a Mod from a Rocker, Dr No from Dr Who, or Simon from Garfunkel? If so, then kick off your go-go boots, switch on the lava lamp and reminisce about the age of peace and free love, when England won the World Cup, men walked on the moon and daleks first menaced the planet.