Read by Ian Holm, Richard Mitchley & David Shaw-Parker (Unabridged: 4hrs 46mins)
Featuring stories by Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, Robert Louis Stevenson & others.
The top 10 short stories of all time written by British authors.
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 British literary tradition almost needs no introduction. World famous authors are not sprinkled but saturate history with a remarkable range of genres and forms that few, if any, can equal. Down the centuries they have written in ground-breaking ways on the world they know and the one they imagine.
Genius really does have many names.
In this compilation -
|1 - The Top 10 - The British - An Introduction by x
|2 - A Somewhat Improbable Story by G K Chesterton
|3 - An Informer by Joseph Conrad
|4 - The Signalman by Charles Dickens
|5 - Sextons Hero by Elizabeth Gaskell
|6 - August Heat by W F Harvey
|7 - Lost Hearts by M R James
|8 - The Rocking Horse Winner by D H Lawrence
|9 - The Interlopers by Saki
|10 - The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
|11 - Solid Objects by Virginia Woolf