Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.
"McEwan has written perfection in this novel."
Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.
40 of Aesop's tales, specially adapted for young children. Read by Richard Briers, Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Pryce, Alison Steadman, Richard E. Grant, Lindsay Duncan and Brenda Blethyn.
"This is a Children's Book"
We all need to know where we come from, where we belong. But for David and Nathalie, this need to know is even more urgent, since they are adopted. Brought up by the same parents but born to two different mothers, they have grown up as brother and sister, and share a fierce loyalty.Their decision, in their late thirties, to embark upon the journey to find their birth mothers is no straightforward matter.
When a Russian émigré is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, Smiley is called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past. What follows is Smiley the human being at his most vulnerable and Smiley the case officer at his most brilliant; and it takes to a thrilling conclusion his career-long, serpentine battle with the enigmatic and ruthless Russian spymaster Karla.
"Excellent modern dramatisation"
On the occasion of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, respected royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of the longest reigning British monarch. Born a minor royal, Elizabeth is now the most recognisable woman in the world. Admired by many, she has reigned through a period of unprecedented change, keeping the monarchy strong and consistent despite the end of empire, public scandals and private loss.
"Thoroughly Enjoyable From Start To Finish"
Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of 30 years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out.
"Packs a memorable and rewarding punch"
Merrion Palmer has been Judge Guy Stockdale's mistress for the last seven years and his wife and two grown-up sons know absolutely nothing about her. Up until now, Guy and Merrion have enjoyed a blissfully, uncomplicated relationship in stolen moments in Merrion's flat, and to the rest of the world, Guy has played the part of model husband, father and grandfather. But now the time has come for things to change.
"My least favorite Joanna Trollope book"
Here are eight of Aesop's best-loved tales, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain's most well-known actors. The stories include The Hare and the Tortoise, read by Richard Briers; The Frogs and the Ox, read by Jane Horrocks; The Fox and the Crow, read by Jonathan Pryce; The Monkey as King, read by Alison Steadman; The Bundle of Sticks, read by Brenda Blethyn; The Gnat and the Lion, read by Richard E. Grant; and The North Wind and the Sun, read by Lindsay Duncan.
Elizabeth is born. Tales of early childhood. The King dies, and the Wallis Simpson crisis ensues. King George VIth is crowned.
This audiobook contains eight of Aesop's best-loved tales, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain's most well-known actors. The stories include The Kid and the Wolf, read by Lindsay Duncan; The Old Lion and the Fox, read by Richard Briers; The Eagle and the Jackdaw, read by Brenda Blethyn; The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, read by Jonathan Pryce; The Goatherd and the Wild Goats, read by Richard E. Grant; The Dog in the Manger, and more.
Eight of Aesop's best-loved tales, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain's most well-known actors.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles is an early exercise in girl power. Tess spends her life being bullied by men and is pushed to the brink. A dramatic and tragic story, a listener cannot fail to be moved by Tess' story, which is sadly surprisingly familiar to many modern women in the world today.
Marie Antoinette's dramatic life-story continues to arouse mixed emotions. To many people, she is still 'la reine mechante', whose extravagance and frivolity helped to bring down the French monarchy; her indifference to popular suffering epitomised by the (apocryphal) words: 'let them eat cake'. Others are equally passionate in her defence: to them, she is a victim of misogyny.
The book that finally won Beryl Bainbridge a Booker prize: by popular vote the Best of Beryl. Beryl Bainbridge’s most popular novel explores the nature of love and obsession, as foster child Myrtle follows Master Georgie from the slums of 19th century Liverpool to the battlefields of the Crimea, where tragedy ensues.
"Brutal, finely rendered but why abridged?"
A collection of nine beautifully crafted, terrifying and intriguing tales of spine-tingling psychological terror and suspense from Ruth Rendell. The title story, is about a man whose life, in a sense, is a book. Life for Ambrose Ribbon is lonely, paranoid and obsessive without his mother, yet there is one book that he associates particularly with her: Volume VIII of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Piranha to Scurfy'. It marked a very significant moment in their relationship.
Distilling half a century into one suspenseful night, as tender in its tone as it is deep in its soundings, Tomorrow is a magical exploration of coupledom, parenthood, and selfhood, as well as a meditation on the mystery of happiness.
Princess Diana dies. The monarchy rebrands itself for the future.
Annus Horribilis. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split up. Princess Anne divorces Mark Philips. The shaming Squidgygate and Cammillagate scandals.
The wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Falklands War. The relationship between Charles and Diana begins to fail.