Au­dio Books

Naughty-but-nice nuggets sug­gested by Lucy Leth­bridge

The Oldie - - CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2018 -

Oldie Ra­dio 4 ad­dicts, of which there must be a great many, would be thrilled to re­ceive the BBC’S col­lec­tions of clas­sic ra­dio pro­grammes, most of them comic, sev­eral sur­pris­ingly rude. There’s Just a Minute: Through the Years:

12 clas­sic episodes of the muchloved BBC Ra­dio com­edy game (BBC Au­dio £30, Oldie price £ 16.38). Go­ing back through the ar­chives to its gen­e­sis in 1967, there are some scene-steal­ing mo­ments from the likes of Ken­neth Wil­liams and chair Ni­cholas Par­sons (above) as well as Paul Mer­ton et al. Or what about

I’m Sorry, I’ll Read that Again, a se­lec­tion of clas­sic ra­dio com­edy cho­sen by the for­mer Good­ies, Graeme Gar­den and Bill Od­die (BBC Au­dio £35, Oldie price £ 31.15). And bang up to date for any­one who’s missed it this year is The

News Quiz: Best of 2018 (BBC Au­dio £13.25, Oldie price £11.79).

Chil­dren who don’t hide be­hind the sofa when Doc­tor Who is on telly might en­joy Dave Rud­den’s read­ing of his own sto­ries about 12 fa­mous vil­lains from the se­ries – in­clud­ing, for older read­ers, The

Mas­ter – in Doc­tor Who: Twelve An­gels Weep­ing (BBC £18.99). Younger chil­dren will love wry-but-cosy co­me­dian Hugh Den­nis read­ing Tove Jans­son’s Finn Fam­ily Moon­in­troll (Pen­guin £12.99, Oldie price £10.98). Ev­ery­one will en­joy be­ing spooked by a new read­ing of J Meade Falkner’s clas­sic tale of smug­gling and the high seas, Moon­fleet (BBC £10.99). So­phie Han­nah has writ­ten a

best­selling new mys­tery novel star­ring Agatha Christie’s Her­cule Poirot, and The Mys­tery of the

Three Quar­ters is read by her in au­dio­book (Harpercollins £16.99). Matthew Shard­lake fans will be de­lighted to know that Tomb­land, C J San­som’s most re­cent novel star­ring the Re­for­ma­tion’s sleuthing monk, is read by Steven Cross­ley (Pan Macmil­lan Au­dio­book £39.99).

For any­one who’s been won­der­ing what the Jor­dan Peter­son phe­nom­e­non is about, £25 will buy them his 12 Rules for Life:

An An­ti­dote to Chaos – read on CD by the man him­self (Pen­guin Au­dio). Or what about some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, a trip to The

Marsh Arabs with Wil­fred Th­e­siger, read by Lau­rence Kennedy (Naxos Au­dio­books £27.99)? Th­e­siger’s

Ara­bian Sands is also avail­able from Naxos (£37.75).

Henry May­hew’s won­der­fully evoca­tive chron­i­cle of Vic­to­rian Lon­don street life, Lon­don Labour

and the Lon­don Poor, has just been recorded unabridged for the first time. Read by David Tim­son, it costs £70 on CD, £46 as a down­load (Naxos Au­dio­books). David At­ten­bor­ough brings ex­am­ples of ex­tra­or­di­nary evo­lu­tion to the sound waves in his read­ing of Life on Earth: the great­est story ever

told (Harpercollins £12.99). And be­cause it seems to be oblig­a­tory to have ghost sto­ries at Christ­mas, give Dick­ens a miss this year and try Ghost Sto­ries by H G Wells: Six Chill­ing Tales

(BBC Au­dio £13.25).

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