In October 1946 BBC Radio started to broadcast a new programme 'Woman's Hour'. Since then it has gained iconic status, celebrating the lives of women, with contributions over the years from all sorts of women including Joyce Grenfell, Hilary Clinton, and Sharon Osbourne.
ANTHOLOGY OF POEMS FOR CHILDREN
Selection of poetry including poems by Edward Lear, Keats, Kipling, Eleanor Farjeon, Walter de la Mare & John Smith.
BEST OF WOMEN'S SHORT STORIES: VOL I
Some of the great classic shorts stories inspired by women. This empowering selection explores the many experiences and complexities of womanhood, sometimes joyful, sometimes sad. It includes Ladies in Lavender by William J Locke, the inspiration for the film of the same name starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.
BEST OF WOMEN'S SHORT STORIES: VOL II
Some of the great classic short stories inspired by women. This empowering selection explores the many experiences and complexities of womanhood.
BEST OF WOMEN'S SHORT STORIES: VOL III
This empowering selection of classic stories inspired by women explores the many experiences and complexities of womanhood. It includes Happy Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Singing Lesson by Catherine Mansfield.
BOMBER COMMAND: BATTLE OF BERLIN
Thousands of airmen failed to return from operations as part of the 1943 and 1944 Bomber Command Battle of Berlin. The authors, utilising family archives, personal testimony and wartime memoirs, piece together the remarkable, yet tragic events surrounding those who made the ultimate sacrifice. ‘We Will Remember Them'.
CHRISTMAS FIRESIDE STORIES
Snuggle up by the fire with this delightful festive collection of short stories from six bestselling authors: Rita Bradshaw, Margaret Dickinson, Annie Murray, Diane Allen, Pam Weaver, and Mary Wood.
CLASSIC DETECTIVE STORIES
A collection of ten classic detective stories featuring some of the greatest fictional detectives ever, including: Sherlock Holmes, Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, Father Brown, Morris Klaw, and Inspector Morse amongst others.
CLASSIC EROTIC VERSE
Over the ages many poets have put pen to paper in celebration of that most raw and yet most beautiful of human instincts – erotic love. All aspects of erotic love are to be found in these poems, from the witty and bawdy to the sensuous and tender.
CLASSIC FM FAVOURITE POEMS
This delightfull anthology is a timeless collection of poems chosen by Classic FM listeners. Whether you're reading them for the first time or revisiting a classic, this is a selection to enchant, move and delight.
CLASSIC TALES OF GHOSTS AND VAMPIRES
A selection of chilling and spooky stories by famous authors including 'The signalman' by Charles Dickens.
EIGHT GHOSTS: THE ENGLISH HERITAGE BOOK OF NEW GHOST STORIES
Eight authors were given after hours freedom at their chosen English heritage site. Within the walls of these historic buildings each author has found inspiration to deliver a new interpretation of the classic ghost story.
A FAMILY CHRISTMAS
A collection of beloved Christmas tales that every family will cherish, including classic stories such as "The Little Match Girl" and "The Nutcracker".
FLIGHTS OF FANCY: STORIES PICTURES AND INSPIRATION FROM TEN CHILDREN'S LAUREATES
The exceptional talents behind some of the nation's best-loved books – from The Gruffalo to The BFG, We're Going on a Bear Hunt to the Charlie and Lola series – the Children's Laureates are the perfect ambassadors for children's literature. This anthology marks twenty wonderful years of the Laureateship, with stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees.
THE FORWARD BOOK OF POETRY 2013
This anthology contains poems shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prizes 2012, the UK's most valuable annual awards for contemporary poetry. ‘The diversity and originality of the judges' selection suggest that it may well be a vintage year’, says William Sieghart, founder of the prizes.
GLIMPSES OF WAR: VOLUME 1
Inspired by the first COVID lockdown, Glimpses of War describes personal experiences of wartime of the last 100 years. Stories of great valour and heroism, of tragedy and sorrow, of hardship and stoicism as well as ordinary people ‘just doing their bit’. The British Modern Military History Society has captured many aspects of war from many perspectives, told in the personal words of those who lived through these times or from their family members or historians.
GREAT NARRATIVE POEMS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE
Here are some of the finest narrative poems in the English language, dating from an age of rich inspiration: the 19th century. All tell powerful stories of human passion and endeavor, often reflected in vivid evocations of the medieval world. Includes "The Eve of St. Agnes", "Morte d'Athur", and "Peter Grimes", among others.
THE GUARDIAN REVIEW BOOK OF SHORT STORIES
From caves in Pakistan to the underground tunnels of London's Piccadilly line, each of the stories collected here takes the reader into a very different world. Everyday triumphs and tragedies are briefly illuminated, the secret places of relationships laid bare – together these tales showcase the variety and vibrancy of the modern short story.
JUDI DENCH AND MICHAEL WILLIAMS WITH GREAT PLEASURE
Two archive BBC Radio programmes in which Judi Dench and Michael Williams, accompanied by friends John Moffatt and Alec McCowen, read a cornucopia of poetry and prose. In this enchanting pair of programmes from 1991 and 1996, Dame Judi Dench and husband Michael Williams shared an eclectic selection of pieces that they loved, admired or simply found entertaining. 'With Great Pleasure' saw Judi Dench and Michael Williams joined by fellow actor Alec McCowen to read some of the literature that shaped their lives. Among the poems included are: Sylvia Plath’s ‘Morning Song', ‘Fern Hill’ by Dylan Thomas, and Charlotte Mitchell’s ‘Just in Case’, and there are extracts from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, and Alec McCowen’s Young Gemini. Fond and Familiar was a true variety show featuring Dench, Williams, and acclaimed actor John Moffatt. Together they performed verses, ballads, limericks, stories, nursery rhymes, and epitaphs, ranging from the comic to the deeply moving. Featuring old favourites such as ‘The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God', ‘Mandalay', and ‘Billy’s Rose', as well as less well-known gems that are nonetheless remembered with affection, this collection of ‘party pieces’ will surprise, inspire and delight.
LIFE'S TOO SHORT
Whether we love it or hate it, work has a huge affect on our lives and in recent times working life has totally changed. So what is life really like at work today? Some of these stories will make you laugh and some might make you cry. The one thing they all share is that you can never be sure what your working day will bring. Quick Reads.
MAKE MORE NOISE
An incredible collection of short stories, from ten of the UK's very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women. Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the UK
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF JACOBEAN WHODUNNITS
This is a fast paced anthology from a thrilling time in British history. Twenty five whodunnits set in turbulent Jacobean times. Stories of murder and mayhem centre on the true role of Guy Fawkes, the English Civil War and the fate of Charles I, plus the lost colony of Roanoke and the tale of Pocahontas.
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHORT SPY NOVELS
A collection of twelve spy novellas featuring, amongst others, James Bond (in Octopussy), Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden (The Traitor), Modesty Blaise (The Giggle-Wrecker) and Sherlock Holmes (The Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans).
MILITARY VOICES PAST AND PRESENT: VOLUME 1 THE GREAT WAR
The words of the servicemen and women, who served their country in the wars of the 20th century have been forever preserved thanks to a team of volunteers and the West Sussex County Library Service. This volume contains edited interviews with local Sussex veterans who served in the Great War.
MILITARY VOICES PAST AND PRESENT: VOLUME 2 WORLD WAR 2
The words of the servicemen and women who served their country in the wars of the 20th century have been forever preserved thanks to a team of volunteers and the West Sussex County Library Service. This volume contains edited interviews with local Sussex veterans who served in the Second World War.
MILITARY VOICES PAST AND PRESENT: VOLUME 3 POST 1945 WAR AND CONFLICTS
The words of the servicemen and women who served their country in the wars of the 20th century have been forever preserved thanks to a team of volunteers and the West Sussex County Library Service. This volume contains edited interviews with local Sussex veterans who served in the post 1945 conflicts.
MOON ON THE TIDES
A poetry anthology for students preparing for the AQA GCSE English Literature specification Unit 2. This selection covers a range of poems from the English, Welsh and Irish Literary Heritage chosen by teachers to engage and stimulate readers in the classroom.
MURDER ON CHRISTMAS EVE
Christmas Eve..... the world sleeps, presents await under the tree ... and murder is afoot. In this collection of ten murder mysteries from some of the best classic crime writers, death and mayhem take many festive forms, from the inventive to the unexpected!
Stories include Cinderella, Babes in the Wood, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots.
THE PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES
A varied collection of stories ranging in date from 1909 to 1986 including works by Katherine Mansfield, Irène Némirovsky, Mollie Panter-Downes, Elizabeth Berridge, Dorothy Whipple, Frances Towers, Margaret Bonham, Diana Gardner and Diana Athill.
POETRY FOR A CHANGE
National Poetry Day is a chance for everyone everywhere to share and enjoy poetry. This special anthology features poems by the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, a top team of fantastic poets who bring poetry alive all year round. And each poet has chosen a favourite poem to share, so look out for classics by Chistina Rossetti, WB Yeats, Shakespeare and Keats among others.
BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week. It has become a unique record of some of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. Fifty of those poems are read here.
REACHING THE STARS: POEMS ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN AND GIRLS
This feisty collection of poems is a celebration of the achievements of women and girls throughout history. It includes poems about Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Margaret Hamilton, Ada Lovelace, Helen Keller, Mary Shelley, Edith Cavell and many more.
This collection of poems is aimed at students preparing for OCR GCSEs in English, English Language and English Literature. Divided into two sections, Literary Heritage Poetry and Contemporary Poetry, it inlcudes works by Robert Browning, Chaucer, Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen, Christina Rossetti, Shakespeare, Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke, Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, and Benjamin Zephaniah.
THE RING AND THE CROWN
The excitement surrounding the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton has prompted four of Britain's top historical biographers to look closely at Royal Weddings from 1066 to the present day. Every kind of wedding features - from those attended by great public celebrations, to the many that took place in private chapels, parish churches and even in secret.
THE SECOND PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES
In this volume there are thirty stories, spanning nearly a century (from 1896–1984). A quarter are by North American women writers. The common themes of these stories are grief over the two World Wars. This is stronger in the earlier part of the book, how to cope with a new order being stronger in the latter.
SUNLIGHT ON THE GRASS
An anthology of contemporary short stories, an optional text for students preparing for the AQA GCSE English Literature specification Unit 1. The selection, chosen by teachers to engage and stimulate readers in the classroom, includes work by Helen Dunmore, Clare Wigfall, Elizabeth Baines, Haruki Murakami, Peneope Lively, Ridjal Noor, and Leila Aboulela.
TALES FROM THE DEAD OF NIGHT: THIRTEEN CLASSIC GHOST STORIES
From rural England to colonial India, in murky haunted mansions and under modern electric lighting, these master storytellers - some of the best writers in the English language - unfold spine-tinglers which pull back the veil of everyday life to reveal the nightmares which lurk just out of sight.
TEN POEMS ABOUT CATS
Cats have provided many poets with inspiration and these poems capture some diverse perspectives on cats and their owners. This book was recorded as part of the Social Action Zone project at the Conservative Party Conference 2011 and read by members of the government.
THINK LIKE A VEGAN
According to the latest figures, the number of vegans in the UK has more than quadrupled since 2014, now representing over 1 per cent of the total population. With the rise in plant-based foods and cruelty-free products showing no sign of stopping, Think Like a Vegan explores how vegan ethics can be applied to every area of our daily lives. We all want to live more healthily and ethically, and this book is certainly not just for vegans. It’s for anyone interested in veganism, its ideals and what even non-vegans can learn from its practice. Through a personal and often irreverent lens, the authors explore a variety of contemporary topics related to animal use: from the basics of vegan logic to politics, economics, love and other aspects of being human, each chapter draws you into a thought-provoking conversation about your daily ethical decisions. Why should we adopt animals? What’s the problem with organic meat? What are the economics of plant-based foods? What about honey? What is the relationship between veganism and feminism? What is vegansexualism?
Stories include Rumplestiltskin, The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Jack the Giant Killer, Aladdin and The Voyages of Sinbad.
VOICES OF BLACK AMERICA: HISTORICAL RECORDINGS OF SPEECHES, POETRY, HUMOUR AND DRAMA 1908-1947
This unique collection features original recordings from 1908 to 1947 of Booker T Washington's "Atlanta Exposition Address", the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes, the rarely heard humour of Charley Case, readings from "God's Trombones" by James Weldon Johnson, and much more.
1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict. This moving collection of untold stories from nine much-loved authors, explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever.
WAR GIRLS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY AND PROSE BY WOMEN IN THE 1ST WORLD WAR
War Girls is a commemoration and celebration of the remarkable, often deeply moving and largely unsung experiences of women in the First World War told in their own words. Through poetry, journals and letters this audio book documents the contribution made by women from all walks of society - from campaigning for peace to working on the home front and in the services. Some are the writings of established poets and novelists but many more are the records of ordinary women living in extraordinary times. They detail not only personal hardship and suffering but also the joy and excitement of a new society emerging as the war brought women challenges, freedoms and possibilities previously unknown to them. A century on, their experiences are still as compelling, powerful and relevant as they were at the time.
WATERSTONES PRESENTS THE SHORTLIST, 2012: SIX SHORT STORIES
Waterstones presents this collection of stories shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. Chosen from a wealth of entries by the finest writers published in the UK and Ireland, this book is a celebration of the power and pleasures of the short story form.