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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
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    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.

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    • A Wonderful Adenture

    • By Readalot on 25-02-2017

    Non-member price: $29.92

    • Love Without End

    • A Story of Heloise and Abelard
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Beth Eyre, Mark Hadfield
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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    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.

    Non-member price: $30.38

    • 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
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    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.

    Non-member price: $30.07

    • Voices of the Powerless: Civil War: The Siege of Chester

    • Chester, Charles I and Oliver Cromwell
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 29 mins
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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. At the beginning of his reign, King Charles I faced a perennial problem for English monarchs, how to raise the money and resources needed to wage war.

    Non-member price: $11.99

    • In Our Time: The Written World

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
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    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.

    Non-member price: $18.74

    • 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
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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.

    Non-member price: $11.99

    • The Adventure of English

    • The Biography of a Language
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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    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.

    Non-member price: $15.94

    • The Hired Man

    • The Cumbrian Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Sinclair
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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    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.

    Non-member price: $38.95

    • Now Is the Time

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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    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.

    Non-member price: $29.65

    • The Soldier's Return

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Mark McGann
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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    In the spring of 1946, ex-corporal Samuel Richardson returns home from Burma to Wigton in Cumbria, to the relief of his young wife, Ellen. He finds a town in which little has changed. Sam, however, has changed: the war has left him with traumatic memories. And there's 6-year-old Joe, a baby when Sam volunteered, who can scarcely remember his father. As all three strive to adjust, the bonds of love and loyalty become stretched to breaking point.

    Non-member price: $28.10

    • Voices of the Powerless: The Complete Series

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
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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. 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.

    Non-member price: $29.97

    • 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
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    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.

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    • Shortest book I have ever purchased.

    • By Denise on 01-02-2016

    Non-member price: $11.99

    • Kingdom Come

    • The Cumbrian Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Sinclair
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
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    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.

    Non-member price: $40.58

    • A Place in England

    • The Cumbrian Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Sinclair
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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    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.

    Non-member price: $40.58

    • Crossing the Lines

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Mark McGann
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
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    Continuing the story of Joe from A Son of War, this is the story of the rapid changes in his life from working-class Wigton to the rarified atmosphere of Oxford as he begins his studies there.

    Non-member price: $29.51

    • Voices of the Powerless: The Wagoners at War

    • Sledmere, East Yorkshire and the First World War
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 32 mins
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    The story of British Tommies sent 'over the top' to fight the Germans in the trenches of the First World War is a vivid emblem of powerlessness in the face of military discipline - and social pressures - that required young men to join up and do their duty.

    Non-member price: $11.99

    • Voices of the Powerless: Who was then the Gentleman?

    • Blackheath, Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 31 mins
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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.The Peasants' Revolt began in the Essex village of Fobbing in May 1381. It started with the arrival of a royal tax commissioner, John Bampton, enquiring into evasion of the new poll-tax.

    Non-member price: $12.49

    • Voices of the Powerless: Man and Manufacture

    • Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire, and the Industrial Revolution
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 32 mins
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    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg is in urban Lancashire to explore the warp and weft of the Industrial Revolution - how the upheavals of the new mechanisation affected workers who found their traditional trades, like hand-loom weaving, superseded and marginalised by the growth of industrialisation and mechanisation. He looks in particular at the way children were used in both the new trades and in the traditional world of agriculture.

    Non-member price: $11.99

    • Voices of the Powerless: Below Decks and Boney

    • The Royal Naval Dockyards, Chatham, Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars
    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Melvyn Bragg
    • Length: 30 mins
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    In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg travels to the historic dockyard of Chatham to explore the life of a seaman in Nelson’s navy. Our popular image of the 18th century sailor below decks is one of a downtrodden, press-ganged man who was a victim of regular beatings. While Bragg finds some evidence to support this view, he also discovers that for many working-class men a career on board ship was an opportunity for a better life.

    Non-member price: $11.99

    • Remember Me

    • By: Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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    A passionate but ultimately tragic love affair starts when two students - one French, one English - meet at university at the beginning of the 60s. From its tentative, unpromising early stages, the relationship develops into a life-changing one, whose profound impact continues to reverberate 40 years later.

    Non-member price: $19.75

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