Read by Mark Rice-Oxley, Christopher Ragland & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 5hrs 24mins)
Featuring stories by Anthony Trollope, Virginia Woolf, John Galsworthy, G K Chesterton & others.
The teeming metropolis of London has a long history of innovation. Amongst its most gilded are the literary talents of its world-famous authors. From Anthony Trollope and Daniel Defoe to Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf and many others, have come iconic works that still to this day underpin our culture.
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.
In this compilation -
1 - The Top 10 - Born in London - An Introdction
2 - The Resurrection of Father Brown by G K Chesterton
3 - Salvation of a Forsythe - Part 1 by John Galsworthy
4 - Salvation of a Forsythe - Part 2 by John Galsworthy
5 - An Unwritten Novel by Virginia Woolf
6 - Malachi's Cove by Anthony Trollope
7 - The Apparition of Mrs Veal by Daniel Defoe
8 - The Death Room by Edgar Wallace
9 - The Kit Bag by Algernon Blackwood
10 - The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley
11 - The Sexton's Hero by Elizabeth Gaskell
12 - Where Was Wych Street by Stacy Aumonier