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    • The Adventure of English

    • The Biography of a Language
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All the voices

    • By Francis on 13-09-06

    Regular price: £19.69

    • In Our Time: The Written World

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Broadcaster and arts presenter Melvyn Bragg fronts The Written World, a five-part BBC Radio 4 series following the origins of writing from its first appearance 6,000 years ago and exploring how it has shaped the world's intellectual history. In the first programme, he looks at the technology of writing, and how making signs on clay, wood, or parchment enabled the development of human culture.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Love Without End

    • A Story of Heloise and Abelard
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Beth Eyre, Mark Hadfield
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Paris in 1117. Heloise, a brilliant young scholar, is astonished when the famous radical philosopher Peter Abelard consents to be her tutor. But what starts out as a meeting of minds turns into a passionate, dangerous love affair, which incurs terrible retribution. Nine centuries later, Arthur is in Paris to recreate the extraordinary story of Heloise and Abelard in a novel. To his surprise, his daughter visits and agrees to help, challenging his portraits of a couple who seem often inscrutable, sometimes breathtakingly modern.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Adventure of English

    • The Biography of a Language
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing, and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine, and the Internet, and it is understood by around 2.2 million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Why didn't I enjoy it?

    • By Patricia on 08-08-09

    Regular price: £10.49

    • The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible, 1611-2011

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    The King James Bible has often been called ‘the Book of Books’ both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best-selling book in the world, and many believe it has had the greatest impact.The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Mr. Henry Gray on 08-07-11

    Regular price: £19.79

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 2: Humour and Cussing

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Melvyn Bragg examines new coinages, puns and wordplay; how accents and social class are entwined; swear words; attempts to stop the evolution of language in its tracks; and, finally, the many varieties of English that are spoken around the world today.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Sword and the Miracle

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In the seventh century, at the dawn of Christianity, Bega, a bewitching Irish princess bestowed with miraculous powers, and Padric, a charismatic British prince gifted with the fiery power of the sword, sacrifice themselves for what they believe to be a greater destiny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favourites

    • By chill 123 on 12-02-16

    Regular price: £33.89

    • Remember Me

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Mark McGann
    • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A passionate but ultimately tragic love affair starts when two students - one French, one English - meet at university at the beginning of the sixties. From its tentative, unpromising early stages, the relationship develops into a life-changing one, whose profound impact continues to reverberate forty years later.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Remember Me

    • By Simon J Painter on 19-05-10

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Now Is the Time

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    At the end of May 1381, the 14-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax was being widely evaded. Yet Richard, bolstered by his powerful, admired mother, felt secure in his God-given right to reign.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • History enlivened by a novelists imagination

    • By Kirstine on 07-12-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with ‘Voices of the Powerless’, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. The Norman Conquest is his starting point, a time when William the Conqueror’s ‘harrying of the North’ affected the poor apprentice, the lowly ploughman and the humble shepherd.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Whispers from history

    • By Nigel on 09-07-11

    Regular price: £20.00

    • Voices of the Powerless: Plantation and the Seeds of Discord

    • Portadown, County Armagh and the Ulster Plantation
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, the BBC Radio 4 series in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at critical moments across the last 1,000 years. Ulster, one of the four ancient provinces of Ireland, remained largely independent of English rule until the end of the 16th century. The plantation period the programme looks at is the half century between the Tudor conquest of Ulster in the 1590s and the rebellion of the Ulster Irish in 1641.

    Regular price: £8.00

    • Kingdom Come

    • The Cumbrian Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Sinclair
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Douglas Tallentire has at last achieved what his father and grandfather before him fought for so bitterly. Educated and independent, he can carve out his own career and spread his wings. But success, freedom and happiness are more elusive than ever in the fiercely competitive '70s. From Cumbria to the frenetic whirl of sophisticated life in New York and London, Douglas, like all the Tallentires, must come to terms with private uncertainty and pain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thy will be done.

    • By Seayeaitch on 18-07-18

    Regular price: £25.99

    • A Place in England

    • The Cumbrian Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Sinclair
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Joseph Tallantire has hope and ambition - like his father before him, he is determined to make something of himself and improve his lot. But life is not easy for an uneducated young man in Cumberland before and during World War II, and Joseph's struggle against the odds is the subject of this moving and evocative novel.

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Twelve Books That Changed the World

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge, Hugh Ross, Robert Powell, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval, or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book.

    Regular price: £10.49

    • The Hired Man

    • The Cumbrian Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Sinclair
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Set in Cumbria and covering the period from 1898 to the early '20s, this is the powerful saga of John Tallentire, first farm labourer then coal miner, and his wife, Emily. John's struggle to break free from the humiliating status of a 'hired man' is the theme of a novel which has been hailed as a classic of its kind - as meticulously detailed as a social document, as evocative as the writings of Hardy and Lawrence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Part One of a Cumbrian Trilogy.

    • By Seayeaitch on 15-07-18

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 4: People and Places

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Melvyn Bragg examines some of the many different varieties of English spoken around the world today, taking in Spanglish from the USA, Indian English, Caribbean English, Australian English, South African English, and finally a kind of ‘international English’ used between non-native English speakers.

    Regular price: £12.00

    • Routes of English: Complete Series 1: Evolving English

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Melvyn Bragg looks at how English has evolved over 1,000 years, looking at the disappearance of old dialects like that of Cumbria, and how it has been enriched by foreign languages, from Latin, Old French, and then dozens more as conquest, trade and immigration played their part in recent centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable historical account of spoken English

    • By M. B. Radford on 10-10-17

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Grace and Mary

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    John visits his ageing mother, Mary, in her nursing home by the sea, and mourns the slow fading of her mind. Hoping to shore up her receding memory, he prompts her with songs, photographs, and questions from their shared past, taking her back to the 1940s, when she was a young woman and he a child in a small Cumbrian town. But as he rekindles her memories, it is her own mother she longs for - and John finds himself delving further back, into the secrets and silences of Mary's fractured childhood, and the unsung sorrows of her thwarted yet spirited mother, Grace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A tender story that's both sad and uplifting

    • By Kirstine on 22-05-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Voices of the Powerless: A Journey Beyond the Seas

    • McQuarrie Harbour, Tasmania, Transportation and the Colonisation of Australia
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg voyages to Tasmania to find out what a sentence of transportation to Van Diemen’s Land really meant to those who survived the journey ‘beyond the seas’. We hear the forgotten voices of people such as Joseph Lingard, a respectable Derbyshire man who was wrongfully convicted of the theft of a door-latch, and explore the destinies of the many thousands of British convicts whose forced labour shaped the first 80 years of the Australian colony.

    Regular price: £8.00

    • In Our Time

    • The Darwin Programmes
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Published to tie-in with the new series of In Our Time on BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg guides us through the most dramatic moments in our history. Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time series regularly entertains and fascinates substantial audiences on Radio 4. He orchestrates the ideas of leading academics in each field, and leads a dynamic and lively discussion.

    Regular price: £13.99

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