E. F. Benson, best known for his irresistible Mapp and Lucia novels set in the fictional town of Tilling, England, was a prolific and beloved novelist. Though the Mapp and Lucia books remain popular to this day, this kindred book will be back in print for the first time since its initial publication. The son of E. W. Benson, archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 to 1896, the young E. F. Benson was educated at Marlborough School and at King's College, Cambridge.
"If you like the comedy of manners"
Amidst whispers of treachery and murder, the Stanhope heir vanishes without a trace...After Lionel De Vere's mysterious disappearance, Garrick De Vere becomes heir to an estate shrouded in scandal. Blackmailed by his powerful father into returning to England after a decade-long exile, Garrick finds himself forced into confronting the past and defending his innocence against those who wished to see him banished forever.
In the 1950s, a British scientist is lost at sea. Once rescued, he finds himself on a mysterious island populated with strange, half-human, half animal creatures who are ruled over by a mysterious scientist and his assistant. This new full-cast audio adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic tale of the consequences of science without morality vividly re-creates the claustrophobic feel of the novel while bringing the setting forward to the fear and anxiety of the Atomic Age.
"Excellent version of this story!"
My Race is the memoir of a gifted Jewish athlete growing up under the apartheid system of South Africa. As both an outsider excluded from the conservative Christian mainstream and an insider who reaped many of the benefits of a society founded on white supremacy, South African track star Lorraine Lotzof Abramson had a unique vantage point on the apartheid experience.
"Not really about Apartheid"
Storm Jameson writes of Stendhal ‘as one speaks in suitable company of a friend’. She knew him very well. Over the years she read everything available by him and she immersed herself in his life and his writings - and the two cannot be separated. As a biographical subject, Stendhal is vastly more rewarding than many literary figures. Something was forever happening to him; usually another passionate love affair.
"There's no way to soften this, so I'll say it outright. I already have a wife." In a single sentence Walter Radcliffe destroyed everything Kate Sullivan had lived for up to their wedding day.Coventional family life in 1920s rural Somerset left her totally unprepared for the shame and disgrace of being jilted. Desperate to escape, she accepts the insulting gifts of Walter's money and his sham wedding ring and flees to the honeymoon hotel in Bournemouth to try and forget.Then handsome Luke Halliday introduces himself, drawn to the beautiful woman who always dines alone....