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Publisher's Summary

Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman and Nigel Planer star in Sue Limb's comedy parodying the arty and adulterous adventures of the Bloomsbury Group.

A stellar cast, including Morwenna Banks, Jonathan Coy and John Sessions, join in this affectionate send-up of the infamous Bloomsbury literary group, who dominated the English cultural scene in the early 20th century.

The series follows the fortunes of Vera Sackcloth-Vest - writer, gardener and transvestite - and her urge to escape from the tranquillity of the rather cramped little castle in Kent which she shares with her doting but ambiguous husband, who is "something in the Foreign Office".

Vera's heart is forever surging with exotic passion, either for Ginny Fox, a highly strung novelist who adores her, or the beautiful but shallow Venus Traduces.

As the scene shifts from Kent to London and Cornwall to Monaco, this close-knit coterie is divided by misunderstandings, jealousies and rows, whilst the colourfully chaotic characters are joined by such sort-of familiar figures as DH Lollipop, TS Jellitot and Sigmund Void.

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Good performances of a lackluster script

Believing this to be a witty satire and impressed with the cast, I was surprised to find this a silly program. It might have been a farce except for its not possessing even the rudiments of a plot. Instead, it is a rambling show about nothing which depends heavily upon double entendres and innuendo. The only upside was the jolly trad jazz of the Temperance Seven that enlivened the dullness. It might improve as the series advances, but I can't keep on listening to this nonsense to find out if it does.

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Excellent performance, but not my cup of tea

The performance was fabulous and the character interaction was funny and engaging. The story line was very modern though it's set in the early 20th century. I would have liked more substance and less moaning about the lover that isn't present. Good British humor and quick short stories that easy to get through 25 minutes at a time.

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  • Highlight
  • 11-07-15

Excellent Fun Even The Real Bloomsbury Set Would Love These

If you enjoy the Bloomsbury set or just like a good laugh, these are a real treat. Full Cast professional productions and acting by our comic favourites at their cheeky innuendo best.

Very well written by Sue Limb and just wish she would write more!
These are so good, I think the real Bloomsbury set would find them
a blast. Good British Fun.

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  • Victoria John
  • 07-18-15

Utterly fabulous

A wonderfully joyful radio comedy beautifully written and performed by a stellar cast!!!! A really scrumptious treat.

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  • Rupert
  • 06-26-17

"No, Henry! Not on the Train!"

Where does Gloomsbury: Series 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolutely tip-top.

What other book might you compare Gloomsbury: Series 1 to, and why?

The Bible - it really can become a cornerstone to one's life. It has also thrown some magic upon every novel and painting that the real Bloomsbury Group produced and will treble your enjoyment of all those masterpieces (and the duds, too, which is lovely.)

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Vera Sackcloth-Vest, of course - because she is so beautiful and TALL and because her castle is so terribly low-key. If you listen to Gloomsbury enough times you'll find yourself roaring at people in the street in Miriam Margoyles' voice: "Where is he I'll KNOCK him down!" and "INTIMIDATING!? Moi!?"

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Goodness knows how you would make it into a film because it would be absolutely essential to have Miriam Margoyles for Vera's voice but equally essential to have Gwendoline Christie play the magnificently towering Vera forever storming off up her tower...

Any additional comments?

If you want interesting children make sure you have this on loop in the car until your urchins are at least eleven.

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  • Pamela Pritchard
  • 12-01-16

A rib tickler great for passing away the time

Would you listen to Gloomsbury: Series 1 again? Why?

The stories of each character meshed well. I would enjoy hearing some of the "one liners" and interchanges between characters again.

What did you like best about this story?

Subtle humour, allowed me to use my imagination

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Loved all of them

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Was listening whilst I traveled, made a long journey fly by.

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  • Mr. P. Johnson
  • 10-03-16

Perfectly barmy and splendidly surreal.

Perfect cast for a perfect script. A joy from start to finish. Like PG Wodehouse on acid.