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  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    grainne says: "Romance and Finance"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.

    Sharon says: "Just brilliant"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
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    A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances.

    Sharon says: "Best Cranford Reading!"
  • Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    Elizabeth Gaskell's remarkable first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life portrays a love that defies the rigid boundaries of class with tragic consequences.

    Nicholas says: "Moments of wonderful intensity"
  • Ruth | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
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    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced and then abandoned by wealthy Henry Bellingham. Shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son, and yet rejecting the opportunity to marry her seducer, Ruth finds a path that affirms we are not bound to repeat our mistakes.

    Lisa says: "The"
  • My Lady Ludlow | Elizabeth Gaskell

    My Lady Ludlow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Susannah York
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    Lady Ludlow's appalling snobbery, prejudice and bred-in-the-bone conviction as to the superiority of the English aristocracy and their feudal way of life are deliciously tested, and found wanting, in this gently radical tale of the collapse of a social system. Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow is a brilliant picture of the shift in power in a rural northern village, from the velvety feudal Ludlows to the glitter of the new money rattling through the system courtesy of the brazen baker from Birmingham.

  • Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales | Arthur Conan Doyle,Charles Dickens,Robert Louis Stevenson,Arnold Bennet,Elizabeth Gaskell,William J. Locke,Barry Pain

    Great British Short Stories: A Vintage Collection of Classic Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A glorious collection of some of the finest British short stories ever written. The Dog - Arnold Bennet, Not On The Passenger List - Barry Pain, The Old Man's Tale About The Queer Client - Charles Dickens, The Half Brothers - Elizabeth Gaskell, The Veiled Portrait - James McGovan, Markheim - Robert Louis Stevenson, The Bottle Imp - Robert Louis Stevenson, The Adventures Of The Kind Mr. Smith - William J. Locke, The Man Of Mystery - Barry Pain, The Brazilian Cat - Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Anne says: "Can't listen to this!"
  • Mary Barton (Dramatised) | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Mary Barton (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    This BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's tale of Manchester life is set in the 19th century, when a series of bad harvests placed a heavy tax burden on workers. Gaskell's powerful drama, adapted here for Woman's Hour, is regarded as one of the most important novels of its time.

    Christine says: "a good Lancashire tale"
  • Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama) | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters (BBC Radio 4: Woman's Hour Drama)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Deborah McAndrew, Emerald O'Hanrahan, Jamie Newall
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    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel of everyday provincial life in the 1820s, 'Wives and Daughters', first broadcast in the 'Woman's Hour Drama' slots from 29 November 2010 - 10 December 2010.'Wives and Daughters' was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in society.

    Aapjebaapje says: "What an enjoyable yarn!"
  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    Margaret Hale returns home to her family in the rural south of England, after living with a wealthy aunt for 10 years, learning how to become a proper young woman. She is not home for long before her life is uprooted and her family moves to a town called Milton, in Northern England, where her father intends to be a tutor, leaving their Pastoral life, and the Church of England behind.

    rachel e gregory says: "North and South"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.

    Miko says: "Good story, less than great narration"
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Sibella Denton
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    "Cranford" is the best-known novel of the 19th century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine "Household Words", which was edited by Charles Dickens.

  • Cranford | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
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    This charming piece of social observation throws a gentle spotlight on life in a small village in northern England of the 1850s. The middle-aged ladies, existing in rather impoverished circumstances, nevertheless maintain the rules of politeness which they feel they should live by.

    P says: "A good listen, classic Gaskell!"
  • North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Margaret Hale moves with her father from the comfort of the south of England to the industrial north, she is at first repulsed by what she sees; and then when she discovers the conditions under which the workers are forced to live, she is outraged. But this throws her into direct conflict with the powerful young mill-owner, John Thornton. Using personal passions to explore deep social divisions, North and South is a great romance and one of Elizabeth Gaskell's finest works.

    Stephanie Paul says: "Such a wonderful book, brought to life"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
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    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.

    YorkshireTyke says: "Warning! Well, There Should Be One..."
  • Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    This classic novel has been thrice adapted for the screen by the BBC. Mary Smith relates the story of her time with middle-aged spinster sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah. Witty, poignant, and often ironic, Cranford is the tale of what these two women will do to remain respectable, proper, and kind with only moderate means.

    Miss says: "Splendid"
  • Cousin Phillis | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Cousin Phillis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The tale of a rural habitation in the late 19th Century and the effect of industrialisation on the local community.Seventeen year old Phillis lives on Hope Farm with her parents Minister Ebenezer Holman and his simple wife. Her second cousin Paul Manning, at first reluctantly, comes to visit. He is the son of a rising inventor from Birmingham and is employed as a clerk to Edward Holdsworth, the managing engineer of a railway company laying a line close to the farm.

    Susan Whitehead says: "Cousin Phillis"
  • Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Wives and Daughters

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Penelope Wilton
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    Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly's life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia's love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.

  • The Grey Woman | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

    The Grey Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
    • Narrated By Jane Greensmith
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    A "Bluebeard" story in which a young woman marries a man whom she discovers has killed his previous wives and is trying to kill her as well.

  • Classic Tales of Mystery: The Squire's Story | Elizabeth Gaskell

    Classic Tales of Mystery: The Squire's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Hayward Morse
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    When Mr Robinson Higgins moves into the White House at Barford, he is an instant hit with society. Assured by his old friend Sir Harry that Higgins is a gentleman, old Squire Hearns decides to give his blessing to a romance between his daughter and the newcomer. But the Squire will come to regret this decision.

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