Since Francis Durbridge's death in 1998, his literary legacy has been shamefully overlooked by the television companies that once relied so regularly and for so long on his creations. The BBC, however, has continued to feed the insatiable demand for Durbridge's brand of thriller, firstly by releases of all extant 'Paul Temple' radio serials on cassette and CD, and more recently by making fresh full cast recordings from the original radio scripts of the 'Paul Temple' serials. Beyond that, the BBC has also issued several Durbridge novels as readings, some abridged, others unabridged, and 'The Desperate People' belongs to the latter category. It's one of the author's best novels, enthralling, exciting and full of Durbridge's cliff-hangers. I can only hope AudioGO are already planning the unabridged release of 'Bat out of Hell', my all-time favourite Durbridge novel.