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Jeremy and Hamlet is the second book in the Jeremy Trilogy published by Sir Hugh Walpole. Published to critical acclaim across the world, it quickly became a bestseller. Hamlet in the second novel is Jeremy’s trusty best friend and sidekick, his dog. The portrayal of young Jeremy is authentic, engaging, and incredibly realistic glimpse of an English boyhood.Show more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 13th, 1884. His father was an Anglican clergyman which involved postings abroad. Walpole’s early educated was by a Governess until, in 1893, his parents decided he needed a better education and the young boy was sent to England.He first attended a preparatory school in Truro followed by Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in Marlow in 1895, where he was bullied, frightened and miserable. The following year, 1897, the Walpole’s returned to England and Walpole became a day boy at Durham School. His refuge was the local library and its books. From 1903 to 1906 Walpole studied history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and there, in 1905, had his first work published, the critical essay "Two Meredithian Heroes". Walpole was also attempting to cope with and come to terms with his homosexual feelings and to find “that perfect friend”. After a short spell tutoring in Germany and then teaching French at Epsom in 1908 he immersed himself in the literary world. In London he became a book reviewer for The Standard and wrote fiction in his spare time. In 1909, he published his first novel, ‘The Wooden Horse’ followed, in 1911, by ‘Mr Perrin and Mr Traill’. In early 1914 Henry James, in an article for The Times Literary Supplement, ranked Walpole among the finest of the younger British novelists.As war approached, Walpole’s poor eyesight disqualified him from service and so he worked, based in Moscow, reporting for The Saturday Review and The Daily Mail. Although he visited the front in Poland, his dispatches failed to stop comments that he was not ‘doing his bit’ for the war effort. Walpole was ready with a counter; an appointment as a Russian officer, in the Sanitar. He explained they were “part of the Red Cross that does the rough work at the front, carrying men out of the trenches, helping at the base hospitals in every sort of way, doing every kind of rough job”.During a skirmish in June 1915 Walpole rescued a wounded soldier; his Russian comrades refused to help and this meant Walpole had to carry one end of a stretcher, dragging the man to safety. He was awarded the Cross of Saint George. For his wartime work he was later awarded the CBE in 1918.After hostilities ended Walpole continued to write and publish and began a career on the highly lucrative lecture tour in the United States.In 1924 Walpole met Harold Cheevers, who soon became his constant companion and remained for the rest of his life; “that perfect friend”. Hollywoods MGM studios, invited him in 1934 to write the script for a film of David Copperfield. Walpole also had a small acting role in the film. In 1937 Walpole was offered a knighthood and accepted although Kipling, Hardy, Galsworthy had all refused. “I'm not of their class... Besides I shall like being a knight," he said.His health was plagued by diabetes, made worse by the frenetic pace of his life. Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE, died of a heart attack at his home at Brackenburn, on June 1st, 1941. He was 57.Show more
Stories are one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements. Whether written down or spoken they have an ability to capture our imagination and thoughts, and take us on incredible journeys in the space of a phrase and the turn of a page.Within a few words of text or speech, new worlds and characters form, propelling a narrative to a conclusion with intricate ease. Finely crafted, perfectly formed these Miniature Masterpieces, at first thought, seem remarkably easy to conjure up. But ask any writer and they will tell you that distilling the essence of narrative and characters into a short story is one of the hardest acts of their literary craft. Many attempt, but few achieve.Show more
The human race prides itself on being the most organised of animals. We manage the fate of all other species. All other animals bow to our control or suffer. In diminishing numbers we allow some to live in the wild but in increasing numbers we domesticate them and whether they become part of the family, a best friend or wonderfully decorative accessory we take their compliance for granted. Such a shame then when these creatures take umbrage and prepare their revenge on us they do so in ways designed to show that when the tables turn 'mercy' is just a word that we humans plead for, expect, but, of course, is always denied.Show more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist, famous for his skill at scene setting and vivid plots. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s and remains popular to this day. 'Major Wilbraham' is the extraordinary tale of a respectable ex-army officer whose mysterious death is shrouded in the greatest mystery of all. What could have led to Major Wilbraham to behave like that? Causing a scene on Piccadilly, staying out all night in Green Park with a street fighter and a prostitute, causing a fight at Covent Garden Market in which he was fatally injured....Show more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist famous for his skill at scene setting and vivid plots. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s and remains popular to this day. 'Mr. Huffam' is a heartwarming story about a delightful stranger who, on account of his personal bonhomie and his wonderful ability to tell stories, charms the household of Sir Roderick Winslow, from the haughty aristocratic relatives to the domestics. Before they know it, he has moved into the guest room. But who is the jovial stranger, and what does he want with them? When the stranger suggests holding a Christmas party and takes complete control of the invitation list, it is clear that the Winslows are in for a surprise.Show more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist, famous for his skill at scene setting and vivid plots. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s and remains popular to this day. "The Beard" is the touching and insightful tale of a narcissistic and pompous father who is struggling to raise his pubescent son, who is enraged and embarrassed at his father yet the co-dependency between the two still exercises a magnetic pull. The story explores the development of their relationship and how both of them are forced to grow up.Show more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist famous for his skill at scene setting and vivid plots. He was a best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s and remains popular to this day. 'The Last Trump' is an engaging and tense story about a man who believes he has calculated the exact date and time of the end of the world. It will occur at 11:45 pm on January 20, 1929. He shares this secret with his wife, Mary, and later with a select circle of their friends. The knowledge of the impending last judgment begins to overshadow their lives and actions. As the date approaches, the different members of the group make their various ecclectic preparations, and on the night itself they gather around the clock to await the Last Trump....Show more
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941) was a New Zealand-born English novelist, famous for his skill at scene setting and vivid plots. He was a best-selling author in the '20s and '30s and remains popular to this day. "The White Cat" is the story of a young American man in Hollywood who, being at the end of his financial possibilities, conceives a plan to marry a wealthy English widow. The only difficulty is that the lady's cat does not appear to approve of the match...and it is a very peculiar and oddly sinister feline....Show more
Hugh Walpole is best known for his 'Herries Chronicle,' a saga of four books relating the history of the Herries family and set in the Lake District in the north of England where Walpole settled in his later life. The"Chronicle" was extremely popular as was another series of books, for children, the "Jeremy" trilogy. Many of his novels were in the psychological horror genre. He also wrote many short stories, which were published in several collections. The ones in this recording are: The Tarn The Silver Mask The Snow The Staircase Tarnhelm The Little Ghost Mrs Lunt Seashore Macabre The Tiger Field with Five TreesShow more
A rich and varied collection of classic short stories by British writers: 'Quality' by John Galsworthy 'The Mark on the Wall' by Virginia Woolf 'The Horse Dealer’s Daughter' by D. H. Lawrence 'The Ticking of the Clock' by Louisa Baldwin 'The Fiddler of the Reels' by Thomas Hardy 'The Return' by R. Murray Gilchrist 'Kew Gardens' by Virginia Woolf 'Seashore Macabre' by Hugh Walpole 'Satan’s Circus' by Eleanor Smith 'The Coffin Merchant' by Richard Middleton 'The Everlasting Club' by Arthur Gray 'The Tiger' by Hugh Walpole 'The Ghost Ship' by Richard Middleton 'The Umbrella' by Arnold Bennett 'A Tiger’s Skin' by W. W. Jacobs 'Odour of Chrysanthemums' by D. H. Lawrence 'The Deserter' by Stacy Aumonier 'Lilac' by Hugh Walpole 'A Thread of Scarlet' by J. J. Bell 'The Whistle' by Hugh Walpole Plus over 25 more great short story classics.Show more
A haunting collection of strange and macabre short stories, ideal for listening to around the fire on a cold winter evening.... 'The Last Leaf' by O. Henry 'On the Northern Ice' by Elia W. Peattie 'The Fire' by Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne 'The Tiger' by Hugh Walpole 'Cool Air' by H. P. Lovecraft 'The Missing Model' by Lettice Galbraith 'The Cold Embrace' by Mary E. Braddon 'The Snow' by Hugh Walpole 'Over an Absinthe Bottle' by W. C. Morrow 'The Coffin Merchant' by Richard Middleton 'The Fiddler of the Reels' by Thomas Hardy 'From the Loom of the Dead' by Elia W. Peattie 'The Lost Ghost' by Mary Wilkins-Freeman 'Let Loose' by Mary Cholmondeley 'The Horse Dealer’s Daughter' by D. H. Lawrence 'Seashore Macabre' by Hugh Walpole 'The Ticking of the Clock' by Louisa Baldwin 'The Missing Model' by Lettice Galbraith 'A Child of the Rain' by Elia W. Peattie 'The Cold Embrace' by Mary E. Braddon 'The Gull' by F. Anstey 'Room Number Ten' by Bessie Kyffin-Taylor 'A Study in Murder' by Vincent O'Sullivan 'The Return' by R. Murray Gilchrist 'Pomegranate Seed' by Edith Wharton 'Mrs. Raeburn's Waxwork' by Eleanor Smith 'Kerfol' by Edith Wharton 'An Original Revenge' by W. C. Morrow 'The Everlasting Club' by Arthur Gray 'The Vampire' by Jan Neruda Plus many more macabre gothic tales....Show more
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