Readings

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.
Mermoz
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

Hilaire Belloc

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