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Greece is the word!


I am thrilled to have been asked to record Homer's Odyssey, one of the greatest works of literature. I am going to be recording the version (in rhyming couplets) by Alexander Pope. It'll be a challenge. But what a privilege to be entrusted with such a monumental piece of work.

A fight to the death


Saigon, the huge novel by Anthony Grey (possibly the longest I have ever recorded!) tells of the bloody history of Saigon. First, the Vietnamese had to suffer under the hands of their cruel masters France and then of course more recently they had to endure the relentless onslaught from the Americans. It's a real David ...

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An Actor’s Life for Me…


In April 1956 a little boy stepped onto a big stage. It was his local rep and he had a very good role. As it was a professional company he got paid too! He went on to do five plays for that company (during school holidays) as well as a play (again paid!) in his ...

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Bard in the Bush


I learned so much from Edward Wilson-Lee fascinating book SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND, the fascinating account of Shakespeare's influence on Africa, from Burton and Rhodes to the leaders of the emerging independent nations - Shakespeare's influence is everywhere. A challenging book to record however. Not only are there great chunks of Shakespeare but I had to ...

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Full steam ahead………


The romance of steam-trains, the horror of shell shock, a murder in Piccadilly and the ruminations of a delightful priest. These are just some of the books I am recording in the next couple of weeks. BELLES AND WHISTLES (Andrew Martin), BREAKDOWN (Taylor Downing), MURDER IN PICCADILLY (Charles Kingston) and THE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN ...

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Murder-on-Sea


Two favourite writers have set their crime series by the sea. Kate Ellis' THE EYES OF THE HOUSE is the latest set in (fictional) Tradmouth and the investigation is led as usual by Wesley Peterson. The body is count is high. Skeletons are not just in cupboards! Gripping and exciting. And it's good to be ...

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ISLAND OF HORRORS


Last night week I was in Oxford recording HG Wells' scary novel THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU. It's one about the man who is shipwrecked and end up trapped on an island full of the most strange and grotesque creatures..........no, not the Isle of Man!!!! It's a sinister story and of course a joy to ...

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MY FAVOURITE READS OF 2015


If my calculations are correct, I have recorded a staggering 43 audiobooks this year. That's a LOT of talking. I started the year by completing two series: Lindsay Davies' early Roman tales were great fun and appropriately my final book in the series was TIME TO DEPART. I also competed Peter Ransley's Cromwell series (I ...

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How Nice!!!


Some charming feedback from a talk I did recently in North London : "Even as I write, your fan base is increasing by the minute. Wonderful talk, Gordon, delivered with elegance and aplomb and wit. Very many thanks. We all loved listening to you...." That makes me feel good!!!

HOME THOUGHTS


I've done my talk all over the place (from Kirkcaldy to Canterbury, from Carlisle to Cardiff, from Dublin to Guernsey) but never in my home town of Whitley Bay - until last week (Wednesday October 14th) at the brand new library. It was great to see friends and family there. A couple of school pals ...

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