A wounded soldier, back home with his family, persuades his horse-loving elder sister to accept a marriage proposal from a local farmer. With nothing to do but lie in bed and observe people, his success goes to his head and he begins to rearrange lives with disastrous results (plot of Jane Austen's Emma, yes, I know). It's a compendium plot and we get to hear different people's life stories. The final showdown involves a charming thief, a sensitive child, a wicked stepmother and his own nurse who's a bit of a Sleeping Beauty. Publishers please note: why are the audiobook versions of Dickens' sharply observant novels and autobiographies unavailable? Why can't we have some new versions?