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    • The Seabird's Cry

    • The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    We have lived with seabirds for at least 300,000 years. From the beginning our view of them has been double, as creatures that are both deeply distant and yet strangely connected to us, both oceanic in what they represent and a mirror of what we are. They stand in for our relationship with nature as a whole. We use them and love them, nurture them and destroy them, revere them and make toys and hats and dinner out of them. It is a pattern that has evolved over history, and our relationship with seabirds has moved through these phases like steps in a game of hopscotch.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Like a huge wave crashing on me head!

    • By Scallywag on 16-11-17

    Regular price: £8.49

    • The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    From where does Homer come? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they do is a mystery. How can we be so intimate with something so distant? The Mighty Dead is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by some of the oldest stories we have - the great ancient poems of Homer and their metaphors of life and trouble.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Often thought provoking, occasionally cringeworthy

    • By Richard Bowden on 03-06-15

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Sissinghurst

    • An Unfinished History
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Sissinghurst is world famous as a place of beauty, a garden slipped into the ruins of an Elizabethan palace. But is it entirely what its creators intended? Adam Nicolson has uncovered remarkable new findings about its history as a medieval manor and on to the creation, by his grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, of a garden in a weed-strewn wreck.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • interesting but idealistic

    • By Philip on 22-02-11

    Regular price: £16.89

    • Quarrel with the King

    • The Story of an English Family on the High Road to Civil War
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Spanning England's most turbulent and dramatic decades---from the 1520s to the 1640s--- Quarrel with the King tells the story of four generations of one of the greatest families in English history, the Pembrokes, and follows their glamorous trajectory across 130 years of change, ambition, resistance, and war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An interesting account of the lives of the Herveys

    • By Parissa on 06-07-09

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Gentry

    • Stories of the English
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: David Fleeshman
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Prize-winning author Adam Nicolson tells the story he was born to write – the real story of England. It is the gentry that has made England what it was and, to a degree, still is. In this vivid, lively book, history has never been more readable. We may well be ‘a nation of shopkeepers’, but for generations England was a country dominated by its middling families, rooted on their land, in their locality, with a healthy interest in turning a profit from their property and a deep distrust of the centralised state. The virtues we may all believe to be part of the English culture each has their source in gentry....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • well written and with a lyrical quality

    • By twigs way on 26-12-15

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Seize the Fire

    • Heroism, Duty, and the Battle of Trafalgar
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Adam Nicolson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Abridged
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    In Seize the Fire, Adam Nicolson, author of the widely acclaimed God's Secretaries, takes the great naval battle of Trafalgar, fought between the British and Franco-Spanish fleets in October 1805, and uses it to examine our idea of heroism and the heroic. Is violence a necessary aspect of the hero? And daring? Why did the cult of the hero flower in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a way it hadn't for two hundred years?

    Regular price: £19.89

    • The Seabird's Cry

    • The Lives and Loves of the Planet's Great Ocean Voyagers
    • By: Adam Nicolson
    • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A global tragedy is unfolding. Even as we are coming to understand them, the number of seabirds on our planet is in free fall, dropping by nearly 70% in the last 60 years, a billion fewer now than there were in 1950. Of the 10 birds in this audiobook, seven are in decline, at least in part of their range. Extinction stalks the ocean and there is a danger that the grand cry of the seabird colony, rolling around the bays and headlands of high latitudes, will this century become little but a memory.

    Regular price: £23.39