A Journey through France / A Journey through Italy

Compiled by Martyn Wade
in collaboration with Catriona Oliphant

Read by Rachel Bavidge, Jilly Bond, Bertie Carvel,
Gunnar Cauthery, Jonathan Keeble, Peter Marinker, and Patience Tomlinson

A Journey through Italy
Best audiobooks of the year 2010 – Sunday Times

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‘. . . these audiobooks are perfect companions . . . a wonderful introduction to early travel literature . . .’
(Christina Hardyment, The Times – A Journey through France & A Journey through Italy)

‘. . . this hugely entertaining collection of 19th-century travel snippets from Boulogne to Marseilles . . . Could anything be more delightful than to arrive, like Dickens, with your entire family in a horsedrawn carriage at L’Hotel l’Ecu d’Or in rural France? . . . You may, like Twain, have signally failed to track down a single grisette in Paris: “For three or four days I was constantly saying, ‘Quick Fergusson, is that a grisette?’ and he always said no.” You may, like Thackeray, have been dismayed by the oyster shells, cabbage stalks, broken crockery and old papers littering the road in front of Versailles. But to arrive anywhere without setting foot in an airport has to be the golden age of travel.’
(Sue Arnold, The Guardian – A Journey through France)

‘. . . These vivid dispatches by 18th and 19th-century travellers, superbly read by half a dozen actors . . . An enticing signpost to some wonderful writers.’
(Carole Mansur, The Telegraph – A Journey through France)

‘A spirited presentation . . . Innocents abroad, [the travellers] enthuse and exclaim at everything from the awe-inspiring Alps to good wine, too much garlic, quirky inns and the demier cri of Paris fashions.’
(Rachel Redford, The Oldie – A Journey through France)

‘Ideal for armchair listening this winter . . .’
(Choice Magazine – A Journey through France)

‘This comic compilation of travellers’ tales has to be essential listening for anyone contemplating a cultural tour of Italy.’
(Sue Arnold, The Guardian – A Journey through Italy)

‘. . . the lively anthology. . .’
(Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times – A Journey through Italy)

‘Perfect for literary-minded armchair travellers.’
(Choice Magazine – A Journey through Italy)

‘The fiery eruptions of Vesuvius, mendicant friars, the ‘treasure city’ of Florence and lack of soap are all part of these glorious adventures.’
(Rachel Redford, The Observer – A Journey through Italy)


Ruby Murray – The Secret Story of Curry

Presenter: Alkarim Jivani
BBC Radio 4 – April 2010

Radio choices: The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, RadioTimes, Time Out, and BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week


The Colonel of Tamarkan

Philip Toosey and
The Bridge on the River Kwai

By Julie Summers
Read by Anton Lesser

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A Daily Telegraph audiobook of the year 2009
Best Audiobooks of the Year 2010

Radio choice: The Daily Telegraph


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