A galaxy-spanning story and comics' first bona fide feminist space opera, The Ballad of Halo Jones is the first true epic to grace the bibliography of arguably the greatest comic book writer the world has ever known.
Bored and frustrated with her life in 50th-century leisure-ghetto housing estate 'The Hoop', 18-year-old everywoman Halo Jones yearns for the infinite sights and sounds of the universe. Pledging to escape on a fantastic voyage, she sets in motion events unimaginable; a spell on a luxury space-liner, a brush with an interstellar war - Halo Jones faces hardship and adventure in the name of freedom in the limitless cosmos.
Featuring Sheila Atim as Halo Jones, alongside Ellie Kendrick, Kemah Bob, Michael Fenton Stevens and Yaz Zadeh, with an exciting accomplished cast, existing fans of Halo and newcomers alike will be transported to The Hoop and beyond in an immersive listening experience like no other.
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A fantastic rhyming animal story, perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime – or any time at all!
There's chaos in the clothes shop when the animals go on a glorious shopping spree. Zebra's zip is stuck and Toad's tracksuit is far too big, but Flamingo finds a stylish bag, and Caterpillar's shoes are really cool. Even the smallest toddler will enjoy the wonderfully silly animal antics in this story, so join in the fun – you've never seen a fashion show like it!
Hippo Has a Hat is a brilliant rhyming story from the favourite preschool partnership of Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. Read by Michael Fenton Stevens and featuring a read-along track, this audio edition of the story is sure to delight toddlers everywhere!
An everyday story of sheep, sin and scholarship under the shadow of the Long Mynd
Written by Sue Limb (Gloomsbury, Skeletons in the Cupboard), this pastoral sitcom follows six months in the life of the Jones family, who live on a small farm in rural Wales.
We join them in September - the start of the farming year - as daughter Megan, a brainy 'plain Jane', sets her sights on Mr Bootle - only to find he's really just interested in birdwatching. December brings 'Goose-Feathering Night' - but Megan's determined to save Gudrun from a plucking. February finds her desperate to get into Oxford University but fearing rejection: could the creepy Mr Jenkins offer a solution? There are ructions in April, as her desire to escape the farm and become a student leads to a confrontation; while June sees a storm descend on the village, and the talk turns electric. And, as August arrives and the harvest is gathered in, Megan spurns the Carnival Queen contest in favour of a visit to Nana...
BAFTA-winning actress and comedian Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Lewis, Avenue 5) stars as Megan, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Mr Jones, Lisbeth Miles as Ma Jones, Matthew Morgan as Owen, Michael Fenton Stevens as Mr Bootle and Nickolas Grace as Mr Jenkins.
In addition to Four Joneses and a Jenkins, this release includes a bonus programme: From Gorsemere to Gloomsbury: The Literary Lunancy of Sue Limb. In a three-hour guided tour through the worlds that flow from the pen of dramatist Sue Limb, Shaun Ley discusses the ideas and inspiration behind Sue's writing with the author herself, and chats with regular cast members including Nigel Planer and Miriam Margolyes. Featuring episodes from Sue's hit series The Wordsmiths of Gorsemere, Gloomsbury, The Sit Crom and Alison & Maud.
Four Joneses and a Jenkins was produced by Jonathan James-Moore
Mr Jones - Geoffrey Whitehead
Ma Jones - Lisbeth Miles
Megan - Rebecca Front
Owen - Matthew Morgan
Mr Bootle - Michael Fenton Stevens
Mr Jenkins - Nickolas Grace
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11 August-15 September 2000
This brilliantly funny animal counting story is perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime – or any time at all!
All the animals are busy lending a hand in the garden in this lively numbers book! The parrots are pulling up carrots, the bears are picking pears and a swarm of bees are pruning the trees with their miniature shears.
One Mole Digging a Hole is a fantastic rhyming counting story from the favourite preschool partnership of Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. With plenty to giggle at, counting – or gardening – has never been so much fun! This brilliant audio edition of the story is read by Michael Fenton Stevens and features a read-along track.
Join in the fun at this delicious dinner party, where good manners aren't on the menu! Perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime – or any time at all!
Duck won't eat his carrots. Moth's eating the cloth, and Sheep would rather sleep than wash the dishes. Thank goodness some of the animals know how to behave. Even the smallest toddler will enjoy the wonderfully silly animal antics in this story – you've never been to a dinner party like it!
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose is a brilliant funny rhyming story from the favourite preschool partnership of Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt. Read by Michael Fenton Stevens and featuring a read-along track, this audio edition of the story is sure to delight toddlers everywhere!
Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of My Lives: From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost by David Jason, read by Michael Fenton Stevens with an introduction by the author.
In his first book David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's actors.
This autumn, in a follow up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career.
And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life too. The result told with his characteristic charm and wit is both funny and poignant, honest and heart warming.
The second series of the award-winning sitcom written by and starring Morwenna Banks (Absolutely) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) set in, yes, a library, but no ordinary library. This is the library overseen and run by the most unlikely pairing since Mills met Boon.Meet Alice (Rebecca Front) - a former child prodigy who won a place at Oxford aged 9, but because Daddy went too she never needed to have any friends. She’s scared of everything - everything that is, except libraries and……Snoo (Morwenna Banks), a slightly confused individual, with a have-a-go attitude to life, marriage, haircuts and reality. Snoo loves books, and fully intends to read one one day.And forever popping into the library is Dr. Cadogan (Michael Fenton Stevens), celebrity doctor to the stars and a man with his finger in every pie. Charming, indiscreet and quite possibly wanted by Interpol, if you want a discrete nip and tuck and then photos of it accidentally left on the photocopier, Dr Cadogan is your man.Their happy life is interrupted by the arrival of Simon Nielson (Ben Willbond), a man with a mission, a mission to close down inefficient libraries. Fortunately, he hates his mission. What he really wants to do is once, just once get even with his inexhaustible supply of high-achieving brothers...In the first episode, when an International Librarians’ Conference looms, Alice & Snoo have to resort to some rather unconventional means to get hold of a passport… methods that include a thousand hummingbirds, some over-tight jeans and an hilarious anagram…In Show 2, when Snoo makes an unexpected purchase, Alice has to face an old rival, some electrical cables and a very dusty dictionary. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan goes digital and Simon has to defend somebody's Crab Nebula... Show 3, and when the library is threatened by a flood, Snoo gains some animal friends and Alice gets down to some basic biology with Simon’s hunky brother. Meanwhile, Dr Cadogan unveils some deadly soup and a rather spiffy jacket...And when family come to call, Snoo runs into problems with a grape and Alice has to learn a tricky manoeuvre in the fourth and final episode…The show comes from Pozzitive, proud producers of Cabin Pressure, Thanks A Lot, Milton Jones!, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, The Brig Society, The Castle, Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive & Kevin Eldon Will See You Now...
The thrilling conclusion to the internationally bestselling Long Earth series explores the greatest question of all: What is the meaning of life?
2070–71. Nearly six decades after Step Day, a new society continues to evolve on the Long Earth. Now a message has been received: “Join us.”
The Next—the hyper-intelligent post-humans—realize that the missive contains instructions for kick-starting the development of an immense artificial intelligence known as The Machine. But to build this computer the size of an Earth continent, they must obtain help from the more populous and still industrious worlds of mankind.
Meanwhile, on a trek in the High Meggers, Joshua Valienté, now nearing seventy, is saved from death when a troll band discovers him. Living among the trolls as he recovers, Joshua develops a deeper understanding of this collective-intelligence species and its society. He discovers that some older trolls, with capacious memories, act as communal libraries and live on a very strange Long Earth world, in caverns under the root systems of trees as tall as mountains. He also learns something much more profound, about life and its purpose in the Long Earth: we cultivate the cosmos to maximize the opportunities for life and joy in this universe, and to prepare for new universes to come.
2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve.
For Joshua Valienté, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways - by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous:
The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent - a device that will alter the Long Earth's place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all - mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals - who inhabit the Long Earths...