Bellocs

A Pair of Bellocs! For my 49th and 50th Audible credits, two titles from the multi-talented Belloc family: First, in The Mercy of Allah Hilaire Belloc uses an exotic Oriental setting to satirise the Western commercial and economic issues of his time, as aged merchant Mahmoud relates to his young nephews the story of his […]

Ukridge

The big broad flexible outlook… In a startling reversal of recent form, Audible have published my latest PG Wodehouse solo narration while I can still remember recording it. Maybe 2021 is not starting out so badly, after all: In Ukridge, the inimitable Wodehouse gives us ten stores from the early career of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge: […]

Another mission for Hannay

Another mission for Richard Hannay Another recent release is my narration of the third volume from John Buchan’s series of Richard Hannay adventure thrillers: Listed in the BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’, Mr Standfast is the third of Buchan’s thrilling, fast-paced World War I adventure novels, following The Thirty-Nine Steps, and Greenmantle: in […]

HG Wells Double Bill

An HG Wells double-bill! The leisurely pace of Audible publication meant that these two went live a solid fortnight apart; but, hey, I’m calling in a double-bill anyway: Thirty Strange Stories features tales of comedy, horror, monsters, strange worlds, guilt, enmity, whimsy, and avarice in some of the best of HG Wells’ short fiction, including: […]

Psmith, Journalist

Psmith takes Manhattan! Listed in the BBC’s ‘100 Novels That Shaped Our World’, Psmith, Journalist takes Wodehouse’s immaculate hero to the apparently dull city of New York, where he takes command of twee family periodical ‘Cosy Moments’, converts it to the yellowest of yellow journals, and embarks upon a crusade to unmask the owner of […]

And another new release to see in the New Year…

And another new release to see in the New Year… Acclaimed as one of the finest satirical novels in the English language, Max Beerbohm’s Zuleika Dobson is a glittering tour de force that mocks the foibles of Edwardian Oxford, and that still resonates with modern ‘celebrity’ culture. Zuleika Dobson, internationally famous prestidigitator visits her grandfather, […]

Jules Verne takes to the air!

Jule Verne’s Five Weeks in a Balloon My new narration of one of the great “first novels” in world literature, now live on Audible: Five Weeks in a Balloon is now available in a complete, accurate English translation. Prepared by two of America’s leading Verne scholars, Frederick Paul Walter and Arthur B. Evans, this edition […]

Something New for Lord Emsworth

A fresh start for Lord Emsworth! Something New’ is the original US-published version of the first novel in PG Wodehouse’s Blandings saga: Since retiring from business, the chief obsessions of American millionaire J. Preston Peters are his dyspepsia and his collection of Egyptian scarabs. So when fluffy-minded peer Lord Emsworth – father of Freddie Threepwood, […]

Starting October with a double bill

A double-bill of new Audible releases to start October! First, in PG Wodehouse’s Uneasy Money, amiable but stolid peer Bill, Lord Dawlish, possessor of a slender income and a querulous fiancĂ©e, resolves to seek his fortune in America. But before he can even get on the boat, he discovers that the eccentric American millionaire whom […]