- Audio CD
- Publisher: British Library Publishing Division; abridged edition edition (22 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712305416
- ISBN-13: 978-0712305419
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
British Writers (Spoken Word) (The spoken Word) Audio CD – Audiobook, 22 Oct 2008
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A full list of the authors included: Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen, Baroness Orczy, Rudyard Kipling, Algernon Blackwood,W Somerset Maugham, G K Chesterton, E M Forster, P G Wodehouse, Virginia Woolf, J R R Tolkien, Rebecca West, Aldous Huxley, J B Priestley, Noel Coward, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Nancy Mitford, C P Snow, Daphne du Maurier, Ian Fleming, William Golding, Angus Wilson, Anthony Burgess, Muriel Spark, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, J G Ballard, John Le Carré, and Joe Orton.
Generally, as they are interviews, the writers are talking about books and writing, though some are prepared talks (Machen on Dickens, Chesterton on The Spice of Life, Forster on The Challenge of Our Time, for instance). Only Algernon Blackwood is reading a full short story ("Pistol Against a Ghost"), though Baroness Orczy's contribution is a mix of drama and autobiography, as she recounts how she came to start writing, with the aid of an actor speaking for her famous character, the Scarlet Pimpernel. There is certainly a high degree of plumminess among the earlier writers, though things kick off with Conan Doyle's soft Scottish accent, and grow more demotic as we approach the latter half of the 20th Century. Tolkien's donnish ramble is perhaps the most difficult to understand, but you do get the sound effect of him lighting his pipe as compensation!
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The Spoken Word: British Writers
1. Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Arthur Machen
3. Baroness Emmuska (`Emma') Orczy
4. Rudyard Kipling
5. Algernon Blackwood
6. W Somerset Maugham
7. G K Chesterton
8. E M Forster
9. P G Wodehouse
10. Virginia Woolf
1. J R R Tolkien
2. Rebecca West
3. Aldous Huxley
4. J B Priestley
5. Noel Coward
6. Evelyn Waugh
7. Graham Greene
8. Nancy Mitford
9. C P Snow
1. Daphne du Maurier
2. Ian Fleming
3. William Golding
4. Angus Wilson
5. Anthony Burgess
6. Muriel Spark
7. Doris Lessing
8. Harold Pinter
9. J G Ballard
10. John le Carré
11. Joe Orton
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