Below is a list of recent books narrated by me and available for sale on Audible and iTunes. To hear a sample of each one, click on the title link and listen to the Audible sample. I do receive free credits for some books, both US and UK, to give away to people willing to post a review of the book on the Audible website. If you are interested in reviewing any of these, please email me at the address on the home page.
I have also listed some of my more popular Libvrivox books at the end. These were recorded early in my audiobook career and so the sound quality may be a little inferior. All are freely available from the Librivox website.
From the curious clauses in a miser’s will, to a plea for help on a tiny scrap of paper, these six cases, from the early years of Holmes’s career in the 1880s, present a singular collection of mysteries for the world’s first consulting detective to resolve. What is the significance of the arrival in the post one morning of a cardboard packet of children’s bricks? Who is the man found dying in a deserted warehouse in London’s East End, and what is he doing there? Why have the names of a couple of young honeymooners been removed from a hotel register? Sherlock Holmes must find the answers to these and many other puzzling questions if he is to bring these cases to a successful conclusion. In this new collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, well-known author, Denis O. Smith, accurately recreates once more both the atmosphere and the excitement of Conan Doyle’s well-loved original Holmes tales.
Spring 1937. While German Chancellor Adolf Hitler ceaselessly talks of peace, his actions seem deliberately calculated to make the Western allies lose patience. The schizophrenic geopolitical atmosphere even can be felt as far away as Fulworth, England, the home of the retired Sherlock Holmes, where the Steiners, a German migrant couple, have recently found a refuge and have assumed care of the detective's household after the passing of Mrs Hudson.
Spying and detective work are far from the thoughts of beekeeping enthusiast Holmes, but the suicide of his protege - a local youth whose natural talent the detective developed and encouraged for ten years - is a heavy blow. The death without apparent motive has now pulled Holmes back into the world, which has changed dramatically. Steam power has given way to electricity, carriages have been replaced by automobiles, and the skies are dotted with giant airships. The only thing that has remained constant is evil, in the shape of an enemy with whom Holmes first tangled more than forty years ago...
A child goes missing, taken from her mother by a powerful family. Soon after, the father of the girl is banished for violating the code of the tiny Cornish hideaway.
Emma Thorne has come to the edge, not knowing if her daughter is alive or dead. The village offers no clues, and gives away no secrets. In desperation, she enlists the help of a local private investigator, holding out hope that Lauren can be found.But the investigator, Jake Stevenson, knows how to find missing people. He’s done it before, travelling to places beyond our understanding. But where can he begin his search, and what clues can the village of Towan Point offer him?
In an ancient lighthouse, cut off from the outside world, a doorway pulses gently in the darkness. A doorway that no one comes out of.
What lurks on the other side, and can he discover the secrets beneath the sea?
From number one best seller Morgan Rice, author of A Quest of Heroes (over 1,300 five star reviews) comes a startlingly new fantasy series. Dream of Dragons is book eight — and the finale — in Age of the Sorcerers. The series begins with book one (Realm of Dragons), a number one best seller with over 400 five star reviews!
In Dream of Dragons (the series finale), the great war between dragons and humans finally unfolds. The entirety of the kingdom is threatened, with the dragons' aim set for Royalsport. A prophecy will come to fruition, while a new menace in the south threatens to tip the balance of power, and Queen Lenore must defend her capital as best she can under dire circumstances.
She sits on the headstone, claws flexing, wings furled, as she has for almost four centuries. The people of Byre live in fear. A centuries-old evil that grows stronger with each human sacrifice threatens their village. If all goes according to her plan, the Village Witch will unleash almost four hundred years of resentment, hatred and homicidal rage on the town. Tim Galton, an ex-special forces soldier, Professor Alexander Hall and his daughter Susan, paranormal investigators, and a few, brave villagers are all that stand in her way. Can they prevent the Village Witch from setting the evil free? Or will it destroy them and everyone else in Byre?
A work of purest purest fiction and the world’s first Arctic Gothic Horror, THE REEKING HEGS is a bristling adventure story of the dramatic kind with a high thrill quota on every page. You will not have read anything like this before. Imagine Alice In Wonderland on acid, and then some.
The action takes place among the crashing ice packs, tidal waves and frozen desolation of old UGZCYK, a remote city somewhere north of latitude 66 ruled by the despotic SOLID KING SOLID FUME III, and menaced by the threatening horror of THE HEGS. Our hero is the plucky narrator NICK SEIGHTON, a Private Dick on a dodgy case, and clearly out of his depth in these here frozen parts. On a hunch he makes a deal with the fiendish psychopath MR YICK, skipper of THE BLOOD SOAKED NOOSE, a deal that takes the reader from the verge of a story to the end of the book. Along the way he’ll be chased by the KING’S THING, kidnapped by SKIERS, acclaimed for his POETRY, and put on TRIAL for his LIFE...
In Shield of Dragons (Age of the Sorcerers, book 7), Lenore must try to restore a fractured kingdom. Hidden enemies surround her, all vying for power, while a mysterious new adversary rises in the South, requiring Erin to be dispatched on a fateful mission to stop it. All the while, Nerra and her dragons thirst for vengeance, while Lenore longs to be reunited with Devin - but a tragic twist may shatter all of their plans.
The King's Retribution . The Plantagenet Legacy, Book Two By: Mercedes Rochelle
If you listened to A King Under Siege, you might remember that we left off just as Richard declared his majority at age 22. He was able to rise above the humiliation inflicted on him during the Merciless Parliament, but the fear that it could happen again haunted him the rest of his life. Ten years was a long time to wait before taking revenge on your enemies, but King Richard II was a patient man. Hiding his antagonism toward the Lords Appellant, once he felt strong enough to wreak his revenge, he was swift and merciless. Alas for Richard, he went too far, and in his eagerness to protect his crown Richard underestimated the very man who would take it from him: Henry Bolingbroke.
Lenore leads her army for the capital, determined to avenge her mother and take it back from King Ravin. Devin, Renard, Erin, and Greave all lead their own personal battles. Inside the gates, Aurelle and others aid the cause. And Grey oversees it all.
What follows is shocking and unexpected, with a series of twists that turn heroes into villains and villains into heroes in the fog of war.
But after a shocking twist that no one could have expected, even all of their efforts may not be enough. Will the kingdom survive?
A Slice of Life by Shaun Mehta
A faithless priest stumbles into the home of an authoritarian Soviet General in the frozen city of Poznan…
A cantankerous old man takes an autorickshaw ride in New Delhi that will restore his hope in humanity…
A young mother establishes an everlasting bond of love for her unborn child during a difficult labor…
Incapacitated, an embittered cancer-strewn man is forced to confront his failed legacy…
Two young brothers’ innocence and support for one another mask the tumultuous, broken household they live in…
A tremendously well written collection of short stories, each with a kick in the tail.
Crown of Dragons . Age of the Sorcerers, Book 5 By: Morgan Rice
In Crown of Dragons (Age of the Sorcerers, Book 5), Ravin has finally taken complete control of the capital, crushing all those in his way and subjecting its citizens to slavery and brutality.
Yet not everyone is under Ravin’s thumb: Lenore, finally jolted out of her despondent state by the death of her mother, realizes it is time to step into her destiny. Instead of allowing herself to become Ravin’s plaything, she must, she realizes, summon an army to defeat him. But can she?
Devin, meanwhile, is getting closer to completing the unfinished sword and being able to return to the capital in time to help save it. Will he?
But will none of it matter if Nerra rises up and if her dragons destroy them all?
Fatal Rivalry. Part three of the Last Great Saxon Earls by Mercedes Rochelle
In 1066, the rivalry between two brothers brought England to its knees. When Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey on September 28, 1066, no one was there to resist him. King Harold Godwineson was in the north, fighting his brother Tostig and a fierce Viking invasion. How could this have happened? Why would Tostig turn traitor to wreak revenge on his brother?
Hard Winter by Neil Davies
After overwhelming Scotland, the glacier gouged its unstoppable way south. Only a few people remained in the desolate, frozen streets of the cities of Northern England. As the daily blizzards blew stronger and the icebergs on the River Mersey grew larger, Norman and Chrissy Leonard prepared to flee their Liverpool home. When Norman heard -- The Roar -- he knew the time for preparation had passed. An unspeakable dread twisted inside him at that primordial sound. The glacier was pushing more than just snow and ice ahead of it. A nightmare was coming, one Norman would not be able to wake from.
Ring of Dragons (Age of the Sorcerers—Book Four), by Morgan Rice
In RING OF DRAGONS (Age of the Sorcerers—Book Four), Ravin has the capital surrounded. With the cowardly Vars at the helm, and with only tides and walls left to protect it, the city lies in chaos and near ruin. Just one battle remains between survival and destruction.
The boy, meanwhile, holds the secret of the King’s assassination. Will he reveal it in time and change the fate of the capital?
Will Devin finish the unfinished sword? Will Lenore pursue her love for Devin? WillGreave find the cure in time to save his sister?
And will Nerra rise up to lead an army of dragons?
The Sons of Godwine. Part Two of the Last Great Saxon Earls, By Mercedes Rochelle
Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King's most trusted advisor, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor's death, Harold Godwineson mounted the throne—the first king of England not of royal blood. Yet Harold was only a man, and his rise in fortune was not blameless. Like any person aspiring to power, he made choices he wasn't particularly proud
Born of Dragons (Age of the Sorcerers -Book 3) By Morgan Rice
In BORN OF DRAGONS (Age of the Sorcerers—Book Three) Lenore is safely returned to the North—but not without a price. Her bother Rodry is dead and her father, King Godwin, lies in a coma. With the rulership of the North in question, her treacherous brother Vars may just find an opening to rule.
But Vars is a coward, and King Ravin, smarting from defeat, mobilizes the entire South to invade. The northern capital, never defeated, lies protected by tides and canals—but Ravin can happily lose scores of men.
The most epic battle, it seems, is yet to come.
Godwine Kingmaker. Part One of The Last Great Saxon Earls . By Mercedes Rochelle
Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask.
He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four earls, a queen, and a future king. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn.
Inkarna by Nerine Dorman
Ashton Kennedy wasn't a nice guy. He cheated on his girlfriend, knocked up a powerful drug lord's sister, and abused vast quantities of illegal narcotic substances. Whoever ran him over with a big shiny SUV was doing the world a favour. His very male, tattooed body is the last place Elizabeth Rae Perry--a member of an ancient Egyptian cult--expected to reincarnate in, instead of the three-year-old girl she'd been promised. Not only must she now come to terms with her new existence in the body of a disagreeable man, and clean up the mess he made of his life, she also has to unravel the mystery of why House Adamastor's chapter house is standing empty and find a way to protect a dangerous secret she had no idea she was supposed to keep. As if fate couldn't deal her another blow, she has also attracted the attention of a malicious and potentially dangerous ghost. And to top it all off, she must deal with the consequences of finding love in a most unexpected place.
May Queen by Elizabeth Rose
May Day: The DruidessLady Flora Debenham discovers from her dying mother that her father was really a Druid. On a secret mission to find him at her late mother's request, Flora sets out. She convinces her uncle to let her take her cousin's place as Lord Ricard's betrothed. The lord's forest is the hiding spot of the Druids and Flora must find it.The KnightLord Ricard Wellington is awoken in the middle of the night to find out his betrothed has been replaced. Lady Flora is beautiful but holds a deep secret. She also keeps sneaking off to the forest. Ricard doesn't have time for a disobedient bride, because he is on a hunt to find and kill the Druids who were responsible for the death of his parents.Will vengeance prevent the seeds of love from blooming?
Keeper of the Flame by Elizabeth Rose
Immortality isn’t always a blessing . . . sometimes it’s a curse!
An old sorcerer is how everyone knows him, but Orrick Pendragon has only chosen to shapeshift into the image an old man because of his painful past. When he stole the Eternal Flame over a hundred years ago, he had no idea of the consequences of his action. Being immortal and also married, he had to watch as his loving wife grew old and died while he stayed young and continued to live forever. Heartbroken, he swore, he would never fall in love again. But when Lady Hope appears at his tower door seeking his assistance to find the Eternal Flame, he's intrigued and strangely attracted to her. Against his better judgment, he finds himself shapeshifting back into his young and handsome form of Sir Rick.
Can an immortal man who is destined to live forever, find love again with a mortal woman who is bound to die?
Heir to a Prophecy by Mercedes Rochelle
Shakespeare's Witches tell Banquo, "Thou Shalt 'Get Kings Though Thou Be None". Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? What Kings?
The road to kingship had a most inauspicious beginning, and we follow Fleance into exile and death, passing the Witches' prophecy to his son Walter. Born on the wrong side of the blanket and raised in disgrace, Walter was caught inside of a destiny he barely understood. In an effort to untangle Banquo's murder and honor his lineage, Walter moved through events that shaped the course of England and Scotland. His relationships with the great men of his time drove his destiny: Harold Godwineson, Alain of Brittany and finally Malcolm III. After a long and treacherous journey through Wales, England, and France, Walter fulfilled the witches’ prophecy as the first Steward of Scotland and ancestor of James I—for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.
Beautifully written and incredibly well researched, this book takes you through all the significant events of 11th century England, Scotland and Wales
A King under Siege by Mercedes Rochelle
Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, he was only fourteen when the Peasants' Revolt terrorized London. But he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor, facing Wat Tyler and the rebels when all seemed lost. Alas, his triumph was short-lived, and for the next ten years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and increasingly hostile nobles. Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, purged the royal household with the help of the Merciless Parliament. They murdered his closest allies, leaving the King alone and defenseless. He would never forget his humiliation at the hands of his subjects. Richard's inability to protect his adherents would haunt him for the rest of his life, and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his. Another amazingly researched book, learn all about the Peasant's revolt as it happened.
The Duke and the Dryad by Elizabeth Rose
Duke Odwolfe of Manterra is known to his friends as Wolfe, and to his enemies as Duke the Destroyer. When his prized bull goes missing, he sets out to find it. It has been stolen for a sacrifice by the druids who are conducting their pagan ritual in the forest, within the circle of standing stones. And when he finds he is too late to save his animal, he demands one of the druids come to his castle as his servant in exchange for his loss.
Rae-Nyst is an elemental of the earth, better know as a dryad. She has both fae as well as human blood in her veins.
Can a man who believes in nothing but war and destruction accept the exotic fae girl who honors all life instead of death?
Realm of Dragons by Morgan Rice
REALM OF DRAGONS (Age of the Sorcerers—Book One) tells the story of the epic coming of age of one very special 16 year old boy, a blacksmith’s son from a poor family who is offered no chance of proving his fighting skills and breaking into the ranks of the nobles. Yet he holds a power he cannot deny, and a fate he must follow.
It tells the story of a 17 year old princess on the eve of her wedding, destined for greatness—and of her younger sister, rejected by her family and dying of plague.
It tells the tale of their three brothers, three princes who could not be more different from each other—all of them vying for power.
The Games Keeper by Jack Benton
Having fallen on hard times, disgraced soldier turned private investigator John “Slim” Hardy is hired by rich and enigmatic land owner Oliver Ozgood to uncover the identity of a mysterious blackmailer.
The man is demanding a fortune in exchange for his silence. He claims to be Dennis Sharp, a former employee of Ozgood, and threatens to reveal secrets that will soil Ozgood’s family name and send the patriarch to prison.
There’s only one problem. Dennis Sharp is dead, killed by Ozgood himself.
In search of answers, Slim moves to the remote rural hamlet of Scuttleworth in the Devonshire countryside, where he will confront demons both from within and without in his most challenging case yet.
Outside Insight by Jorn Lyseggen
The world today is drowning in data. There is a treasure trove of valuable and underutilized insights that can be gleaned from information companies and people leave behind on the internet - our 'digital breadcrumbs' - from job postings, to online news, social media, online ad spend, patent applications and more.
As a result, we're at the cusp of a major shift in the way businesses are managed and governed - moving from a focus solely on lagging, internal data, toward analyses that also encompass industry-wide, external data to paint a more complete picture of a brand's opportunities and threats and uncover forward-looking insights, in real time. Tomorrow's most successful brands are already embracing Outside Insight, benefitting from an information advantage while their competition is left behind.
Proximity: If the police always know where I am...how do I kill you? By Jem Tugwell
DI Clive Lussac has forgotten how to do his job. Ten years of embedded technology – ‘iMe’ – has led to complete control and the eradication of crime. Then the impossible happens. A body is found, and the killer is untraceable. With new partner Zoe Jordan, Clive must re-sharpen his detective skills and find the killer without technology, before time runs out for the next victim...
The Clockmaker's Secret by Jack Benton
A buried clock holds the key to a decades-old mystery.
On holiday to escape the nightmares of his last case, disgraced soldier turned private detective John “Slim” Hardy comes upon something buried in the peat on Bodmin Moor.
Unfinished and water-damaged but still ticking, the old clock provides a vital clue to an unsolved missing-persons case.
Twenty-three years ago, a reclusive clockmaker left his workshop and walked out onto Bodmin Moor, taking his last, unfinished clock with him.
The Cuckoo Wood by M Sean Coleman
Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they're not the only ones.
A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England's Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?
That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.
Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.
John "Slim" Hardy, heavy drinker and disgraced soldier turned bumbling private detective, is hired to investigate Ted Douglas, an investment banker who slips out of work every Friday to visit a desolate cove on the Lancashire coast. There, he walks to the shore, opens an old book, and begins to read aloud. His wife thinks he's having an affair. Slim thinks he's insane. The truth is more incredible than either could imagine. The Man by the Sea is the sensational debut novel by Jack Benton, a classic story of love, betrayal, murder, and intrigue.
Mindfulness for the Mindless: A No Nonsense Guide to Breaking Free from a Mindless Life by John Burley
Mindfulness for the Mindless is for people who want to experience a life with less stress and more happiness. This no nonsense guide to mindfulness will show you how to stop mindlessly existing and how to start enjoying a fuller life. It explains the mindless traps that we all fall into and how by using mindfulness and being more mindful you can escape them to make your life more fulfilling and enjoyable.
Librivox books recorded by Kevin E Green.
All of these audiobooks are freely available from the Librivox.org website.
Angel of the Revolution. By George Griffith
A lurid mix of Jules Verne's futuristic air warfare fantasies, the utopian visions of News from Nowhere and the future war invasion literature of Chesney and his imitators, it tells the tale of a group of terrorists who conquer the world through airship warfare. Led by a crippled, brilliant Russian Jew and his daughter, the 'angel' Natasha,
The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones by John Mastin
This is a good basic introduction to gemstones and their analysis. Admittedly a lot of the scientific tests have been superseded, but the basic properties never change. The first part of the book concentrates on physical properties of most common gems, then outlines the cutting process and ends with several chapters on each of the gemstone families. A useful little book if you are interested in gems
The Chronicles of Crime Vol 1. By Camden Pelham
This catalogue of human weakness and at times downright atrocity has been brought together by Camden Pelham, a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple during the second half of the 19th century. It is given in chronological order, the first case listed is from 1700, and the final case in Volume 1 being in 1816. Some of the most famous cases of the age are listed, from Dick Turpin and Captain Kidd, to the assassination of Spencer Perceval MP, and the Luddites. Some cases will shock with descriptions of horrific murders, whilst others will amuse with the idiocy of the perpetrators. These 275 cases give a fascinating insight into life during 18th and 19th century Britain
Cupid in Africa. By P C Wren
Bertram Greene, brilliant student, aesthete, intellectual and shy, decides to make his military father proud of him at last and joins the colonial Indian Army Reserve as a second Lieutenant at the start of Great War. Feeling a complete fish out of water, he is dispatched to India without any training whatsoever, and is expected to take charge of a company of native soldiers. He is then posted to East Africa to join the British fighting force there, and finds out what real soldiering means. This amusing, and at times harrowing tale gives a comprehensive description of the life and conditions of a soldier in the tropics, obviously written by someone who has experienced them. The author, P. C. Wren, is the author of the famous Beau Geste books.
The Emperor's Candlesticks. By Baroness Orczy
When a group of Russian anarchists kidnap a Russian prince in Vienna there are repercussions. On learning that the Cardinal d'Orsay has agreed to convey some hollow candlesticks from the Emperor to the Princess Marionoff in St Petersburg, two spies both see the possibility of using them to convey messages safely into Russia. One is an eager young idealist involved in the plot against the prince, the other is Madame Demidoff, a beautiful agent of the Tsar. When the candlesticks go missing at the border, the two engage in a race to get them back, both realizing that their very lives could depend on the retrieval.
Empire. By Clifford D Simak
In a future time, the solar system is powered by one energy source, controlled by one huge organisation, which has plans to use this control to dominate the planets. Unknown to them, a couple of maverick scientists accidentally develop a completely new form of energy supply and threaten the corporation's monopoly. Naturally, the corporation can't allow this to happen... A stunning story about the manipulation of pure energy, climaxing in interstellar conflict.
Four-Fifty Miles to Freedom. By MAB Johnston and KD Yearsley
Four-Fifty Miles to Freedom is the true but little known story of the escape of eight British Prisoners-of-War from a Turkish POW camp during the First World War. The story, written by two of the escapees, describes their life in the various POW camps in Turkey in which they were moved around, and then their well-planned and executed escape from the camp at Yozgad. They were then faced with a trek of over three hundred miles across arid deserts, and a mountain range, constantly searching for water, all the while attempting to avoid detection by soldiers and the local population. A further 120 miles of hostile ocean faced them when eventually reaching the coast before they eventually set foot on friendly soil. A 'boys own' story of derring-do and survival against all odds. A must listen-to story!
Frey and his Wife. By Henry Hewlett
Frey and his Wife is a Nordic Saga, but written in a saga style by a 20th Century Englishman. It tells the tale of Gunnar, a Norwegian wrongly accused of murder who flees across the mountains to the pagan forests of Sweden. There he meets 'Frey' a Norse god, and a young woman who has become his wife. Animosity develops between Frey and Gunnar over the local ritual of human sacrifice which leads to an interesting outcome. The tale develops themes of religion, idolatory, and love, set in the time when Christianity was starting to displace pagan religion in Scandinavia.
The Leavenworth Case. By Anna Green
The Leavenworth Case is a gripping detective novel set in New York, and is one of the first detective fiction novels to be written by a female. Indeed, it was the first novel by Anna Katharine Green who came to be known as 'the mother of the detective novel', and 'The Leavenworth Case' was cited by Agatha Christie as an influence on her own fiction. The story plot twists and turns leaving the reader uncertain as to the identity of the murderer until the very end. This is one of the best detective stories you will ever hear.
Memoir and Correspondence of Caroline Herschel. By Margaret Herschel
For many people, the name Caroline Herschel will be unfamiliar, but she was one of the most significant women on the English scientific scene during the late 18th and early 19th century. Sister of the well known William Herschel (he of the discovery of Uranus and its moons and many other significant scientific discoveries), she first worked as his assistant in his astronomical works, and then went on to become a noted astronomer in her own right. She discovered eight new comets in her lifetime, and was the first woman to be paid for her contribution to science, and was awarded a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, made an Honorary Member of the Royal Astronomical Society, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy of Science and was presented with a Gold Medal for Science by the King of Prussia on her 96th birthday. This book tells the fascinating story of her life through her letters, and commentary by her nephew's wife. Caroline Herschel was an important woman whose contributions to science should be more widely known.
Mr Munchausen. By J K Bangs
The author has discovered for us in this volume the present stopping place of that famous raconteur of dear comic memory, the late Hieronymous Carl Friederich, sometime Baron Munchausen, and he transmits to us some further adventures of this traveler and veracious relator of merry tales. There are about a dozen of these tales, and, judging by Mr. Bangs' recital of them, the Baron's adventures on this mundane sphere were no more exciting than those he has encountered since taking the ferry across the Styx. Mr. Bangs proves himself well worthy of the task of reintroducing this merry old wag to modern fun-lovers, and in selecting from the tales the Baron has related to him he has chosen with an eye to the humorous which is unfailing in its clearness and keenness of perception.
Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour by R S Surtees
Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour is a delightful comic satire of the fox-hunting fraternity of the mid 19th Century. Surtees takes great pleasure in creating comic personalities and dialogue and resembles the later Pickwick Papers of Dickens, whose style may well have been influenced by Surtees. The story follows the eponymous Soapy Sponge, a Victorian freeloader and confidence trickster, who manages to work his way around the gentrified houses of southern England, fox-hunting as he goes
My Path to Atheism. By Annie Besant
My Path to Atheism is a remarkable document in many ways, not least that it was written by a woman in Victorian England, not the most open free-thinking of societies, especially for women at that time. It needed a remarkable woman to write such a revolutionary and to 19th century minds, heretical document in a society where the Church had such a stronghold. Besant herself was originally married to a clergyman, but her increasingly anti-religious views and writings led to a legal separation. She went on to become a member of the National Secular Society and thence to co-edit the National Reformer, which put forth ideas on revolutionary ideas at the time such as trades unions, national education, birth control and so on. In 1877 Besant published this book 'My Path to Atheism' which was compiled from a series of lectures in which she surgically dissects the basic tenets of Christianity. As one reads the chapters, one can follow the evolution of her ideas from Theism to Atheism, ending up with a stunning refutation of the Church of England Catechism.
The Notting Hill Mystery. By Charles Felix
Charles Felix was the pseudonym of Charles Warren Adams, an English Lawyer and publisher and is now known to have been the author of "The Notting Hill Mystery", thought to be the first full length detective novel in English. The story first appeared as an eight part serial in a weekly magazine in 1862, and was subsequently published as a single volume novel in 1865.
The story deals with the then newly emerging field of 'mesmerism' which we now know as hypnotism, and its use in the planning and execution of three truly devious crimes. The novel, unsually, is written wholly in the form of a series of letters and reports gathered by the investigator from the various witnesses in the case, and the reader is left to decide themselves the guilt or otherwise of the chief suspect.
The Shrieking Pit. By Arthur Rees
The Shrieking Pit is one of Arthur Rees's earlier works, and is a good old fashioned murder mystery story. Grant Colwyn, a private detective, is holidaying in East Anglia when he notices a young man at a nearby table behaving peculiarly. The young man later leaves the hotel without paying his bill, and turns up in a nearby hamlet in the Norfolk marshes where he takes lodgings at the village inn. The next day, another guest at the inn is found dead, and the young man is missing. Can Colwyn sort out the mystery and prove the young man's innocence one way or the the other?
Stories of Old Greece and Rome. By Emile Kip Baker
The Stories of Old Greece and Rome is an easy to read summary of all of the famous and not so famous Greek and Roman mythological stories. All of the famous Heroes are here: Theseus, Jason, Hercules, and all of the well known Deities. These stories tell the real detail of the myths, not the ones that have become sanitized (and dare I say it, 'Disneyfied') over the centuries. These are not stories for children, as the old gods and heroes were vengeful and some might say sadistic in their treatment of minor slights and misdemeanors. Putting out of eyes and ripping out of tongues is commonplace, and punishment by death is ever present. It is however fascinating to see how these tales have affected and influenced our culture and have woven themselves into our own myths and stories.
The Talleyrand Maxim. By J S Fletcher
John Mallathorpe, a wealthy Yorkshire industrialist and land owner dies in an accident, apparently without making a will. His estate goes to his wife and two children and they live the good life for a number of years. However, an old bookseller, whilst clearing some old books passed on from the Mallathorpe estate, finds a copy of Mallathorpe's will inside one of the books, and unfortunately for the family the will bequeaths the whole estate minus a small endowment for the family, to the city authorities. The bookseller takes the will to the local solicitor to seek advice, but unfortunately dies in the solicitor's office. The clerk on duty sees an opportunity to benefit himself from the knowledge of the existence of the will. This is a gripping detective story, with many twists and turns, based in Edwardian England
The Worst Journey in the World, Vol 1 and Vol 2 by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The Worst Journey in the World is a memoir of the 1910–1913 British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. It was written and published in 1922 by a survivor of the expedition, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and has earned wide praise for its frank treatment of the difficulties of the expedition, the causes of its disastrous outcome, and the meaning (if any) of human suffering under extreme conditions.