A selection of readings. Those marked with an asterisk were recorded more or less in studio conditions; the rest were recorded live.
- * The Cemetery by the Sea
- Charles Davy’s "rendering" of Paul Valéry’s Le cimitière marin from his book Words in the Mind.
- The Quest of Iranon
- A short story by H. P. Lovecraft from 1921, as fantastical as ever, but unusually without horror.
- * Éowyn and the Nazgûl Lord=
- A reading from Lord of the Rings, given as part of a recital. Some of the songs are also available.
- * The Infanta’s Birthday
- From Oscar Wilde’s bittersweet fairy tale collection, The Happy Prince and Other Tales.
- * Leaf by Niggle
- J. R. R. Tolkien’s strangest faery story.
- * Smith of Wootton Major
- A faery story by J. R. R. Tolkien about cake.
- The Night the Ghost Got In
- By James Thurber, from My Life and Hard Times.
- The Small Miracle
- Paul Gallico’s charming tale of post-war Assisi.
- The Inopportune Behaviour of the Covetous Li-Loe
- By Ernest Bramah, from Kai Lung's Golden Hours.
- The Chaos
- A version of Gerard Nolst Trenité’s classic teaching aid, from Drop Your Foreign Accent: engelsche uitspraakoefeningen (Haarlem: H D Tjeenk Willink & Zoon, 1920).
The Club of Queer Trades
Stories from G. K. Chesterton’s six mystery stories featuring his lesser-known detective, Basil Grant, The Club of Queer Trades.
- 1 The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown
- 3 The Awful Reason of the Vicar’s Visit
Wind, Sand and Stars
Extracts from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s memoir of his time as a commercial pilot in the 1920s, Wind, Sand and Stars (Terre des Hommes).
- * Spanish geography for pilots
- The author’s introduction to Spain at the hands of an experienced colleague.
- * Sahara
- Spending a night in the Sahara.
- The Tool
- About the aeroplane.
- Tales of the great pilot Mermoz.
A Universal History of Infamy
Jorge Luis Borges’s early collection of histories of the infamous, and some shorter but characteristic writings.
- The Masked Dyer, Hakim of Merv
- Tale of the Two Dreamers
Some of Belloc’s less-well-known poetry and epigrams. The three sonnets are all based on Shakespeare’s famous observation that “all the world’s a stage”.
- Sonnet XXIX
- Sonnet XXX
- Sonnet XXXI
- Epigrams on sundials
Ford Madox Ford
Some Memories and Impressions.
- A Lion in The Strand
- That Terrible Word ‘Genius’
Last updated 2017/01/02