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Crime at Lark Cottage
Spieldauer: 27 Min.
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A short story from British Library Crime Classic The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. Car trouble and poor weather lead John Bradley to Lark Cottage, the home of Lucy Shaw and her young daughter, Julia. Her husband, serving a life sentence for murder, has escaped from Lanforth Prison, and she implores her unexpected visitor to stay the night. Listeners will love this rare short story from John Bingham and the unexpected twist.
A story from Night in the Front Line, a collection of Second World War short stories. In this lighthearted short story, a farm labourer observes the land girls going about their work and wondering what the future might hold for the farming industry.
A story from Night in the Front Line, a collection of Second World War short stories. The war may have ended, but Richard and Louise discover there’s more to repair than just buildings and infrastructure. As they take a much-needed holiday in Paris, the couple must try to heal their relationship and get to know each other again after years of wartime separation.
A story from Night in the Front Line, a collection of Second World War short stories. 'The Wall' vividly captures the horror and reality of the Blitz with a firsthand recollection of a particularly fateful night from a member of the National Fire Service.
A story from Night in the Front Line, a collection of Second World War short stories. 'I Had to Go Sick' tackles army bureaucracy as we follow an unnamed narrator through the army medical system during WW2 and the mounting ridiculousness of the rules and regulations for soldiers to be declared fit for service.
A story from Night in the Front Line, a collection of Second World War short stories. 'According to the Directive' opens in a displaced persons camp at the end of the war. Journalist Lisa Wilson is writing a feature and is met with mixed emotions as the camp prepares to disband.
The Second World War sparked the writing of hundreds of short stories by servicemen and women as well as civilians. They appeared in magazines and collections during and after the war and addressed all areas of the conflict, from the home front to service abroad. Short stories offer a wonderful insight into everyday concerns on the various front lines and illustrate the humour that kept up morale as well as the despair and confusion felt by so many.
Eleven-year-old Billy Clegg and his big sister Peggy disappear from their home in Leeds after a suspicious fire in a local mill. The owner says the children caused it by lighting fireworks on Mischief Night. Their widowed mother, Betty, badly injured in the incident, doesn't know if her children are alive or dead. She prefers to think of them as being elsewhere.
In the spring of 1666 everyone's first reaction to a sudden death at the palace of White Hall is that the plague has struck, but the killing of Thomas Chiffinch was by design, not disease. Chiffinch was holder of two influential posts - Keeper of the Closet and Keeper of the Jewels - and rival courtiers have made no secret of their wish to succeed to those offices. To Thomas Chaloner, ordered to undertake the investigation, such avarice gives a whole host of suspects an ample motive for murder.
Never again confuse your vintage with your viticulture, your ullage with your oenology, your sabrage with your cepage. Bask in the admiration of your fellow drinkers, pronounce confidently on the provenance of whatever is in your glass (or your mouth) and hold your own against the most sneering of sommeliers. Written by experts and offering listeners the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy listen.
How a fishmonger's son from Tyneside, growing up in the 1950s with a Geordie accent, become the person who recorded more than 900 audiobooks and received an MBE from the queen in the Birthday Honours of 2017. This 'charming', 'entertaining' and 'heart-warming' memoir answers that question.
It is 1896. In an alternative history where Babbage’s difference engines have become commonplace, Captain Charles Maddox, wrongly convicted of a murder and newly arrested for treason, is rescued from execution by a covert agency called the Map Room. Maddox is given the choice of taking his chances with the authorities or joining the Map Room as an agent and helping them uncover a possible conspiracy surrounding the 1888 Ripper murders. Seeing little choice, Maddox accepts the offer and joins the team of fellow agents Church and Green.
The English novelist Patrick O’Brian is much admired for his best-selling Aubrey-Maturin series of sea novels - the unexpected success of the series secured his place in literary history. Far less is known about O’Brian’s personal life, largely because he preferred to keep it that way. In A Very Private Life, O’Brian’s stepson Nikolai Tolstoy draws upon his stepfather’s archives and papers to faithfully capture a life dedicated to the written word.