The story tells of Jim, a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. One night, when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink, acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster.
"Great novel, stunning narration."
1501: the turbulence of Henry VIII's reign brings passion and pain to the Morlands as they achieve ever greater wealth and prestige.Paul, great-grandson of Elanor Morland, has inherited the Morland estates, and his own Amyas is set to be his heir. But Paul fathers a beloved illegitimate son, and bitter jealousy causes a destructive rift between the two half-brothers which will lead to death.
Accompanied by Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good and their native servant Umbopa, the big-game hunter Allan Quatermain sets off to reveal the fate of Curtis...
A Group of Noble Dames is an 1891 collection of short stories by great English novelist Thomas Hardy. The ten stories focus on "store of ladies, whose bright eyes rain influence". Hardy delves into the hidden depths of country families to reveal what went on behind the scenes.
Colonel Rejas was the policeman charged with the task of capturing the Peruvian guerrilla leader Ezequiel, but having been dismissed he finds the burden of silence and secrecy too heavy. On meeting Dyer, a foreign correspondent, he is moved to relate the tortuous progress of the manhunt for the first time. The Dancer Upstairs is a story reminiscent of Graham Greene and John le Carré - tense, intricate, and heartbreaking.
There has never been another novelist like Dickens. In his novels and stories, loved throughout the world, he created a host of fictional immortals, reflecting their eccentricities, their wit, their violence, and their pathos. They live today as vividly as ever. This engrossing dramatisation shows how his most famous creations were derived from his own experiences and from facets of his complex, almost demonic personality.
It was one of the most horrifying single acts of destruction in the First World War, and it was instrumental in bringing America into the war. Was it cold-blooded mass murder or a justifiable Act of War? This programme dramatically presents all sides of the story, as the German submarine U-20 stalks her giant prey.
The noble knight Ivanhoe returns home from his crusades and finds many opportunities to prove his courage and nobleness in a politically difficult...
Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara knows that the beautiful surface of his adopted city, Florence, hides dark undercurrents. When called in to investigate a series of brutal and apparently random murders, his intuition is confirmed. Distrusted by his superiors and pilloried by the media, Ferrara finds time running out as the questions pile up. Is there a connection between the murders and the threatening letters he has received? Are his old enemies, the Calabrian Mafia, involved?
"CAN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD THE NARRATOR IS SAYING!"
How did a German airship, the pride of the Third Reich, equipped as a flying five-star hotel, burst into flames before landing in New Jersey and being destroyed in less than a minute? Was it sabotage or an accident waiting to happen? This fascinating programme reconstructs the event and the subsequent investigation.
Patrick Petrella is now installed behind a new desk, as Superintendent of an East London dockland area. Though this marks a well merited step up the career ladder, the paperwork of modern policing makes Petrella itch to be out on the streets again. There is also the nasty taste left by the manner of his predecessor's departure. Petrella detects patterns of rival gangs at work and uncovers a paedo-porn ring which stretches across the North Sea to Amsterdam's sleazier side.
The original title of Robinson Crusoe seems to say everything what the book is about: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe...
After a psychic predicts that he will commit a murder before his next birthday, Gabriel is compelled to visit the office of Inspector Espinosa and confess to the potential crime. As a south-westerly wind starts up, what seems like paranoia becomes brutal reality. Two violent murders occur, and their only link is the lonely, clever man who sought out Espinosa for help a few days earlier.