Read by Mark Rice-Oxley, Christopher Ragland & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 7hrs 7mins)
Featuring stories by John Galsworthy, Rudyard Kipling, Rudyard Kipling, D H Lawrence, Saki, M R James, Algernon Blackwood & others.
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
The zenith of Empire is bookended by two catastrophic wars that slaughter vast swathes of humanity. And yet authors manage to record and create fragile libraries of humanity, its talents, its dreams and increasingly its nightmares.
In this compilation -
01 - The 20th Century - The English Men - An Introduction
02 - They by Rudyard Kipling
03 - The Rocking Horse Winner by D H Lawrence
04 - The Interlopers by Saki the pseudonym for H H Munro
05 - The Diary of a God by Barry Pain
06 - The Juryman by John Galsworthy
07 - The Kit Bag by Algernon Blackwood
08 - The Haunted Orchard by Richard Le Gallienne
09 - Carnacki, The Ghost Finder - No 1 - The Gateway of the Monster by William Hope Hodgson
10 - Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad by M R James
11 - August Heat by W F Harvey
12 - The Matador of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett