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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: FREE audio and more

  “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Whilst Y11 draw towards the end of their Victorian Literature studies, it’s not too

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FREE AUDIO: The Midwich Cuckoos

John Wyndham’s classic 1957 take on alien invasion is available for free for three weeks via this link.  The novel is dramatised in three 30-minute episodes. So what’s the fuss about?  Why should you listen to it?

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Even more Angela Carter: for Sixth Form Lit students … and beyond

For fans or students of Angela Carter, it’s worth noting that the BBC seem to regularly stage her work, or feature her in their playlist of favourite/important authors. And here are a couple more links to radio adaptations that are

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Angela Carter’s Love Affair with Radio

As Year 13 students will know, Angela Carter was an important feminist writer.  She was also fascinated by and wrote extensively for the medium of radio … indeed it inspired her to write ‘Vampirella‘.

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FREE AUDIO: William Gibson’s ‘Burning Chrome’

William Gibson‘s got a lot to answer for … He is one of the fathers of the ‘Cyberpunk’ sub-genre of Science Fiction, and essentially invented the Matrix (and cyberspace) as we know it …

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FREE Audio: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Regular readers will know that I spend much of my reading life time-travelling between the 16th and 26th Centuries … Renaissance Literature (OK, Shakespeare) and Science Fiction are my refuges, safe havens, the places I like to go when I want

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FREE AUDIO: ‘We’, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Calling all lovers of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, etc. etc.  Anyone who likes dystopian literature, or the struggles of the one against the many, against the State.  Here I go again, getting HIGHLY excited about a radio dramatisation that

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FREE Audio: Raymond Chandler Season

By now you’ll know that I spend a lot of time listening to books when I’m not reading, and the BBC is an unbelievable treasure-trove of really high quality readings and dramatisations. “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.”

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FREE BBC Audio: Lord Of The Flies

Many of the pupils who will be progressing from Y9 to Y10 in September will be studying William Golding‘s sobering tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island after a plane crash.

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Free Audio: Nineteen Eighty-Four

“War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength” and “2+2=5” Want to know more?  What do these confusing statements mean?  What’s all the fuss about?

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