Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender star in a collection of rediscovered Dad´s Army gems. Published for the first time, these four instalments of Dad´s Army have been brought together from a variety of archive sources and in each case represents something unique. ´A Stripe for Frazer´ is the surviving TV soundtrack from an episode whose film recording has long been missing in action; ´Santa on Patrol´ and ´The Cornish Floral Dance´ are two mini episodes produced in 1968 and 1970 for BBC TV´s Christmas Night with the Stars; finally, ´The Boy Who Saved England´ is a mini episode written by Jimmy Perry and starring Ian Lavender, recorded as part of BBC Radio 2´s Last Night at the Paris programme in 1995. With a supporting cast including Arnold Ridley, John Laurie, James Beck, Bill Pertwee and Frank Williams, this is a fine quartet of episodes you´re not likely to have seen or heard before. Don´t panic! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002207/bk_rhuk_002207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Issued in London in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was one of the key documents of the 20th century. It committed Britain to supporting the establishment in Palestine of ´´a National Home for the Jewish people´´, and its reverberations continue to be felt to this day. Now the entire fascinating story of the document is revealed in this impressive work of modern history. With new material retrieved from historical archives, scholar Jonathan Schneer recounts in dramatic detail the public and private battles in the early 1900s for a small strip of land in the Middle East, battles that started when the governing Ottoman Empire took Germany´s side in World War I. The Balfour Declaration paints an indelible picture of how Arab nationalists, backed by Britain, fought for their future as Zionists in England battled diplomatically for influence. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to either side or even to most members of the British government, Prime Minister David Lloyd George was telling Turkey that she could keep her flag flying over the disputed territory if only she would agree to a separate peace. The key players in this watershed moment are rendered here in nuanced and detailed relief: Sharif Hussein, the Arab leader who secretly sought British support; Chaim Weizmann, Zionist hero, the folksmensch who charmed British high society; T. E. Lawrence, the legendary ´´super cerebral´´ British officer who ´´set the desert on fire´´ for the Arabs; Basil Zaharoff, the infamous arms dealer who was Britain´s most important back channel to the Turks; and the other generals and prime ministers, soldiers and negotiators, who shed blood and cut deals to grab or give away the precious land. A book crucial to understanding the Middle East as it is today, The Balfour Declaration is a rich and remarkable achievement, a riveting volume about the ancient faiths and timeless treacheries that continue to drive global events. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Guy Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005174/bk_rand_005174_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At a prayer meeting on a cold Rotterdam night, the young clerk Aart Anthonij van der Lingen - a pale, sickly, hunchbacked ´fish from the North´ - is held in the charismatic Reverend Johannes Kicherer´s thrall. Lured by Kicherer´s passion, he leaves his grey and loveless life to land at the Cape of Good Hope as a lay missionary in 1800. But when the Missionary Society draws lots to determine where to send the new arrivals, Van der Lingen is sent east and Kicherer north. The hunchback missionary must make his own way in a place that, on the surface, God has forsaken - until, as the pitiless landscape and the blank faces of his would-be congregants strip Van der Lingen incrementally of his pride, he learns that he has nothing to give to the Africa that is ultimately his salvation. Based on historical figures drawn from the Cape Town Church Archives, The Hunchback Missionary by Elsa Joubert, world-renowned author of The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena, is a sweeping narrative of vanity and humility, of the sacred and the profane, of how Europe´s rampant strides across newly colonised Africa led to the abyss from which a continent still struggles, today, to retreat. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Meadows, Emma Surgin Hussey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/052402/bk_adbl_052402_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More than 30 years have passed since Al Capp´s death, and he may no longer be a household name. But at the height of his career, his groundbreaking comic strip, Li´l Abner, reached 90 million readers. The strip ran for 43 years, spawned two movies and a Broadway musical, and originated such expressions as ´´hogwash´´ and ´´double-whammy.´´ Capp himself was a familiar personality on TV and radio; as a satirist, he was frequently compared to Mark Twain. Though Li´l Abner brought millions joy, the man behind the strip was a complicated and often unpleasant person. A childhood accident cost him a leg leading him to art as a means of distinguishing himself. His apprenticeship with Ham Fisher, creator of Joe Palooka, started a 20 year feud that ended in Fisher´s suicide. Capp enjoyed outsized publicity for a cartoonist, but his status abetted sexual misconduct and protected him from the severest repercussions. Late in life, his politics became extremely conservative; he counted Richard Nixon as a friend, and his gift for satire was redirected at targets like John Lennon, Joan Baez, and anti-war protesters on campuses across the country. With unprecedented access to Capp´s archives and a wealth of new material, Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen have produced a probing biography. Capp´s story is one of incredible highs and lows, of popularity and villainy, of success and failure - told here with authority and heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Ortego. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015903/bk_adbl_015903_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Perfect for ages 7-10. ´´Every country in the world loved the folklore of the West - the music, the dress, the excitement, everything that was associated with the opening of a new territory. It took everybody out of their own little world. The cowboy lasted a hundred years, created more songs and prose and poetry than any other folk figure. The closest thing was the Japanese samurai. Now, I wonder who´ll continue it.´´ - John Wayne Hollywood has produced no shortage of famous movie stars, but none have been as culturally significant as John Wayne. Marion Morrison was born in a quintessentially quaint Midwestern town, but he eventually grew up to become John Wayne, the legend of the silver screen who embodied the Western frontier. Wayne starred in so many movies (nearly 150 in all) that when asked to name his worst, he joked that 50 of them were tied, but the excessive number allowed Wayne to portray heroes of all stripes, from cowboys to soldiers, and he was invariably charming, courageous, and full of rugged, masculine swagger. Even as Westerns have certainly waned in popularity, Wayne himself has remained immensely popular, in part because he set the prototype for the heroic character, regardless of genre. Wayne will always be associated with Westerns, John Wayne transcended the Western genre. Through the portrayal of rugged, masculine characters, Wayne came to epitomize the American spirit and the way Americans view themselves. In that sense, he is truly America´s actor, and he continues to live on in both the reels of Hollywood´s archives and the living rooms of middle America. At the same time, the central role of John Wayne in defining a big piece of American culture is not without controversy. His later interviews prove that point. Many Americans today realize that John Wayne´s America, though beloved by many, is not the America that everyone calls their own. Western movies that pay homage to Confederate soldiers and I 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Nelson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107157/bk_acx0_107157_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.