Title: The Diaries, volume one
Author: John Evelyn
Description: John Evelyn was a 17th century polymath, with interests in the fine arts, architecture, gardening, as well as anatomy and the natural sciences. He was a fervent supporter of the Stuart monarchy and lived abroad during much of the English Civil War. His Diaries, which rank alongside those of Samuel Pepys for perceptive commentary on the times in which he lived, span his adult years.
Title: The Man Who Was Thursday
Description: Subtitled by the author as a “Nightmare”, this is a fantasy, comic thriller about a plot to end the world by a group of anarchists. Generally regarded as Chesterton’s most impressive nove
Title: Ghetto Comedies
Author: Israel Zangwill
Description: A series of tales, poignant as well as comic, mainly set in the Jewish East End of London, by the writer known as the “Dickens of the ghetto” –
Title: England, My England
Author: D.H. Lawrence
Description: A book of ten short stories, written with Lawrence’s typical sensibility to and awareness of social mores, set around the period of the First World War
Author: Joseph Conrad
Description: A seafaring novella in which those manning ships are pitted against the forces of nature. A typical Conrad exploration of human beings under emotional strain with the consequences for social and spiritual existence.
Title: Alice Dugdale
Author: Anthony Trollope
Description: An ordinary village girl’s plans for the future with her long-standing beau are threatened when he is seen to be an attractive prospect by a local noble family Trollope’s novella works through the consequences with typical affection and sensitivity.
Title: Riceyman Steps
Author: Arnold Bennett
Description: Arnold Bennett’s masterly novel is a gritty tale about a bookseller whose life and love of a woman are afflicted by miserliness. It is set in London’s characterful Clerkenwell district shortly after the First World War.
Title: The Journal of a Tour to he Hebrides with Samuel Johnson
Author: James Boswell
Description: An anecdotal account of the journey undertaken by James Boswell and Samuel Johnson to the Scottish Highlands and the Hebrides Islands
Title: Non-Combatants and Others
Author: Rose Macaulay
Description: Through a variety of experiences of the effects of the First World War, an art student is drawn into pacifism. Rose Macaulay’s satirical novel is passionate, and witty
An Eye for an Eye
Review: “Trollope brings so much life to his characters – and Anthony Ogus’ reading is, as usual, superb – that at the end of the stories I feel as though friends have gone away.” Margaret87
Sea and Sardinia
The New Machiavelli
Love and Mr Lewisham
“Surprising book from Wells. Excellent reading by Anthony Ogus. I really loved this story. Will listen to Mrs. Lewisham next. Thank you Mr. Ogus OOps – there’s no Mrs. Lewisham – I got mixed up with Mrs. Biggs.” Zobert
“Wells’ Love and Mr. Lewisham – probably new to many of us – is a really compelling and often humorous coming of age story. As the hero moves from his late teens into his mid-twenties his reflections on the meaning of life combine faulty logic and clumsy expression with startling wisdom. The reader, Anthony Ogus, does a wonderful job of conveying the combination of sober truth and asinine humor flowing through this really good story. Good job Mr. Ogus!” Kersten
Travels with my Opera Glasses
as an opera-goer, from the 1960s to the present. It deals with the delights and disappointments from seeking out opera performances in different countries.
The Three Clerks
Reviews: “Admittedly I’m a fan of Trollope, but The Three Clerks must be among my favourites now. The dialogues between Undy and Alaric are chilling – Trollope could be describing too many of today’s politicians. So beautifully read by Anthony Ogus.” Margaret 87
“The absolutely brilliant reading performance of Anthony Ogus kept me going. Mr. Ogus is pitch-perfect as narrator, reading with exquisite enunciation and perfect timing. I almost fancied I was hearing the voice of Anthony Trollope, himself, reading the story, so suited is the reader for the book. Highly, highly recommend a listen!” AstridStar
Pictures from Italy
Review: “Great reading of a story I loved. Wells not only conjured futuristic visions, he saw the reality of social and economic repression. His observations are sadly as true today as then. Plus H.G. was a far more sensual and romantic person than I thought. As in Mr. Lewisham, his love ‘scenes’ are very tender and real.” Zobert