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    • Here Was a Man

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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    Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the brightest stars in the Elizabethan firmament. Born into relative obscurity in rural Devon, he grew up in the company of smugglers and fishermen. His lust for adventure was to take him from the bloody battlefields of Europe to the colonies of the New World and on the dazzling court of Good Queen Bess. This is the story of his relationship with the two women who dominated his life: Elizabeth, his queen, and Bess, her lady-in-waiting and his secret wife.

    Non-member price: $31.21

    • The House at Sunset

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read, Juliet Prague
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
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    "At the age of seven I was a skilful pickpocket. I could sew neatly, write a tolerable hand, make a curtsey and a correct introduction, dance a little and play simple tunes on the harpsichord.” This was the London life of Felicity Hatton in 1740 – until chance sent her back to the House, first as a pauper, later to become its mistress – a strange eccentric mistress whose choice of husband was as unorthodox as her manner of living.

    Non-member price: $33.10

    • The House at Old Vine

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Martyn Read, Julieet Prague
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
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    The House at Old Vine is the second in a trilogy of novels by Norah Lofts about the inhabitants of a Suffolk house from the late 14th century to the middle of the 20th.

    Covering the turbulent years of 1496 to 1680, it follows six generations of the descendants of Martin Reed, who founded the "House" dynasty through his act of rebellion in The Town House, through persecution, war, and revolution, from the era of Christopher Columbus to the Restoration of Charles II.

    Non-member price: $35.20

    • The Town House

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Juliet Prague, Martyn Read
    • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
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    "It was in the first week of October in the year 1391 that I first came face to face with the man who owned me… the man whose lightest word was to us, his villeins, weightier than the King’s law or the edicts of our Holy Father…” So began the story of Martin Reed - a serf whose resentment of the automatic rule of his feudal lord finally flared into open defiance.

    Non-member price: $36.25

    • Madselin

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Emma Powell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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    When William the Conqueror wished to reward his armourer, he made him a grant of land - land worked by freemen and already belonging to a Saxon lord. But the men of the Conquest had no time for the niceties of land tenure and legal possession. Rolf, the armourer, hacked his way through the Saxon defiance and savagely claimed his royal bequest.

    Non-member price: $28.91

    • The Homecoming

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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    Sir Godfrey Tallboys had come home from the Crusades. Home to Knight’s Acre. But the years had brought many changes – and not only to his estate. His wife Sybilla, exhausted with struggling to keep poverty at bay, had grown old before her time. And with Sir Godfrey’s return, there was further change. With him was the Moorish slave girl who had saved his life in Spain.

    Non-member price: $23.66

    • Bless This House

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes, Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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    The house was built in the Old Queen's time: built for an Elizabethan pirate who was knighted for the plunder he brought home. It survived many eras, many reigns: it saw the passing of Cromwell and the Civil War. It became rich with an Indian Nabob and poor with a 20th century innkeeper. It saw wars, and lovers, and death. Children were born there, both heirs and bastards. It had ghosts and legends and a history that grew stranger with every generation.

    Non-member price: $38.75

    • A Wayside Tavern

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
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    A Wayside Tavern tells the story of a Suffolk drinking place from the end of the Roman occupation of Britain, until the present day. The Roman veteran, crippled and left behind, worshipped Mithras, so the place became known as the One Bull and down through the centuries it became a clearing house for contraband, a miniature Hell Fire Club, a fashionable hotel, a mere pub. Across the yard, was the church of St Cerdic, king and martyr, who fought the Danes and was famous for the miracles performed at his shrine.

    Non-member price: $25.68

    • Knight's Acre

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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    Sir Godfrey Tallboys was a knight-errant, famous for his success at tourneys, but far from wealthy. In an attempt to make his fortune he left his wife Sybilla and travelled to Spain to fight a minor rusade against the Moors. But treachery lurked in that far distant land and soon Sir Godfrey became a prisoner, a helpless slave in a hostile country. Back in quiet Suffolk he was reported dead. And so it fell to Sybilla to fend for the whole family.

    Non-member price: $22.61

    • Pargeters

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie, Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
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    Pargeting is a highly skilled trade. And Pargeters is the name given to the Suffolk home of John Mercer in honour of Adam Woodley, the craftsman who had decorated it so lovingly. Over two generations, and throughout the turbulent years of the Civil War, Pargeters comes to stand as a symbol of unity for a household divided by conflicting political loyalties and abandoned by its menfolk. And it is the mistress of Pargeters, Sarah Woodley-Mercer, who holds the small household together in this troubled time.

    Non-member price: $48.82

    • Gad's Hall

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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    For the Spender family, the ancient, beautifully kept house had seemed a godsend, an incredible bargain, almost a gift from its owner - a kindly man who merely wanted someone to protect the family homestead, to make Gad’s come alive again. And it did. Soon a strong-willed, sensible woman would be overtaken by irrational feelings she could not control, all because of the unspeakable secret kept by the women who had lived at Gad’s Hall more than a century ago.…

    Non-member price: $22.61

    • The Lonely Furrow

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
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    The Wars of the Roses were over, but for Henry Tallboys the battle for survival went on. Scratchign a livign from the meagre soil of Knight’s Acre was no easy task, but that wasn’t Henry’s only worry – there was also Joann’s future to settle. Even at the age of eleven Joanna seemed destined to fetch a handsome price in the marriage market; yet a mysterious bond seemed to unite her with Henry, a bond more close than either of them could have known.

    Non-member price: $24.00

    • Hester Roon

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
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    The Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined - the roads to London, to Norwich, and to the sea. Its trade was prosperous, its hospitality famous, and the host was jolly and generous. To his servants he was cruel and menacing, and to Ellie Roon, the most menial servant at the Fleece, he was a figure of terror. Ellie was used to being bullied, but when her illegitimate daughter was born - in a rat-ridden attic of the Fleece - she decided that Hester must have a different kind of life.

    Non-member price: $41.87

    • To See a Fine Lady

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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    When, at the Pollards Harvest Supper of 1817, Araminta Glover was seduced by Jan Honeywood, the outcome seemed inevitable. Araminta, like so many servant girls, would marry her poor suitor and prepare to raise a large family on nine shillings a week. But 17-year-old Araminta was determined enough to rebel against the pattern of impoverished rural life, and, putting marriage and Jan firmly behind her, she accepted the post of dairymaid in the house of the strange Mrs Stancy.

    Non-member price: $30.12

    • A Rose for Virtue

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
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    Hortense Beauharnais finds herself rubbing shoulders with royalty as her mother remarries to become Napoleon Bonaparte's wife. As Napoleon struggles for power on the battlefields of Europe, so Hortense charts her way through the French court - a chessboard world where the motives are jealousy and greed and the prizes are thrones of conquered countries.

    Non-member price: $32.05

    • The Lute Player

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
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    Out of the courts of 12th-century England strode the legendary figure of Richard of England leading his knights onto the Saracen battlefields, inspired by a vision of the Holy Land. Here is the story of the Soldier-King and the Third Crusade - of his strange, ill-fated union with Berengaria, Princess of Navarre; and of his mother, the She-Wolf, Eleanor of Aquitaine, who loved her son with a frantic, possessive pride. And, above all, here is the story of the minstrel whose life was linked with that of the King - the story of Blondel, the Lute Player....

    Non-member price: $42.61

    • Esther

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
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    Ataxerxes, king of Persia, needed a wife. This powerful warrior lord picked the one girl who would have given anything to have been passed over - a Jewish scholar, Esther, from the back streets of his capital, Shushan. To a king bored by the chattering of women wreathed in musky scents, this changeling was a breath of fresh air. But the new queen of Persia was lost in a world of protocol and soon lost her husband;s favour.

    Non-member price: $26.84

    • Scent of Cloves

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Gráinne Gillis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
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    Julia Ashley was born to a life of dramatic twists and tragedy. Her future and any possible lasting happiness depended entirely on a "glove marriage" to a man who was no more than a name. The Dutch East Indies, in the 17th century, were the lands of legendary riches; of "nutmeg princes"; of fortunes built on barbaric plantations and slavery. And amid the extravagance, the cruelty, the bizarre customs, perhaps the strangest events of all were the curious weddings that sent girls halfway around the world.

    Non-member price: $31.00

    • Jassy

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett, David Thorpe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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    She was the daughter of a preacher and a gypsy. A strange and elusive child with powers of prophecy, she grew into an even stranger woman. From those around her she inspired love and admiration or furious hatred. Nothing in between. And somehow Jassy could transform even those who loved her into her enemies. Barney Hatton, the dispossessed heir of Mortiboys, loved her but not enough. Lindy, a girl who worked there, loved her too much.

    Non-member price: $31.00

    • The Day of the Butterfly

    • By: Norah Lofts
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
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    When Daisy Holt was dismissed from her post as a nursemaid she set off cheerfully into the jungle of mid-Victorian London. When Kitty Hammond, proprietress of the “select establishment” off Leicester Square discovered her she was quick to realise that Daisy has a rare talent and would make a successful entertainer. And there it was that she met the impoverished artist John Skelton. To him Daisy represented the perfect model – the one to inspire his work.

    Non-member price: $23.66

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