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Sunday, March 09, 2014


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David Nolan (dsc73277)

Mike Walker is an excellent radio dramatist. Those with an interest in the Nineteenth Century may well enjoy his fictional series about Charles Dickens as a newspaper editor, Dickens Confidential. Plus, in 1997, he co-wrote a memorable adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace that starred Simon Russell Beale. Both are available from Audible and other audio outlets.


I look forward to looking into this book, but I wonder, do you have a master list of your audible recommendations? I know I was, before I got my audible account, intrigued by some of the titles you suggested, but now I can't remember which ones or which episode you recommended them in.

The History of England

Hi Marielle - here's a quick list... when I have a few more minutes I'll do something neater!

• London: a biography by Peter Ackroyd

• History of the English Speaking People, Volume 1, Winston Churchill

• A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603 by Simon Sharma
• In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World by Tom Holland
• A briefer history of time by Prof Stephen Hawkins
• Sovereign: A Matthew Shardlake Novel by C J Sansom
• A Shorter History of Australia by Geoffrey Blainey
• Medieval People By Eileen Power
• Journeys in English by Bill Bryson
• This Sceptred Isle, Volume 2: 1087-1327 The Making of the Nation
• 1356 by Bernard Cornwell
• Pillars of the earth by Bill forsyth
• Master and Commander by Patrick O’Biren

Hannah Kilpatrick

Hi! Just dropping a line to let you know that I have been galloping through back issues (back pods?) of this podcast, and it's tremendous fun. I've been practically internetless for weeks due to a combination of moving interstate and starting my phd and so haven't really had time to drop you a line. Besides, I'm not quite caught up yet - Henry III has only just started using the Seal in his own name, so we've a little way to go. But I'm very happy that I found it when I did - quite apart from easing long hours back and forth on the bus moving all my books from my grandmother's house to my college dorm, you're just getting into my own period: Edward II's reign!
I'm working on anger in English chronicles of (broadly) the first half of the fourteenth century, partly because of the interesting historiological shift that starts to take place between the last few years of Edward I and the first couple of decades of Edward III; and, as my masters thesis was in a similar area, I'm sure you'll be hearing more of my babble from time to time over the coming weeks.
(Also, thank you - I confess I never really did know what the Fine Rolls were. Despite using them frequently. Oops.)


Bill Bryson- amazing.

Sarah T

I wanted to thank you for your recommendations - they've been spot on - although I can't do audible through your link, as I'm not in the UK. I've been listening to A Distant Mirror recently (actually, listening to it for a second go-round to pick up the bits I missed before). It's a fascinating listen, although I could see how reading it could be a bit of a slog.

The History of England

Hi Sarah - I have to say that I am massively impressed that you've managed to listen to the Distant Mirror all the way through; it's one of my failures that book - everyone tells me how much they love it and I can't quite manage it!Anyway, glad the recommendations have worked out - so far at least.

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