No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.
New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...Find out more
Browse audiobooks by Robert Hugh Benson, listen to samples and when you're ready head over to Audiobooks.com where you can get 3 FREE audiobooks on us
Two wealthy families are neighbors in Elizabethan England; one is staunchly Catholic and the other is devoutly Protestant. The attractive young scions of the families are drawn to each other in friendship and love, but are kept apart by their opposing religions. Life is very difficult for Catholics during those times. They are subject to fines, imprisonment, torture and ignominious death for practicing their faith. On the other hand, for various reasons some Catholics give up their inherited faith, and even betray and persecute their fellow-religionists. As the threads of plot are woven tighter, heroes emerge, sometimes most unexpectedly, as they grapple with theological doubts and conflicts, and undergo extreme suffering and loss. The many characters we meet ring true, whether they are brilliant or superstitious, stalwart or wavering, pious or violent; and it is a great privilege to spend time with such towering historical figures as St. Edmond Campion and Queen Elizabeth herself. Love, history, theology, suspense, and an array of colorful characters are sewn inexorably together in this large and compelling story.Show more
Secular humanism has triumphed. Everything the late Victorians and Edwardians believed would bring human happiness has been achieved: technology has made it so no one needs to work for a living, the social sciences ensure a smooth-running social order, and in the name of tolerance, religious beliefs have been uprooted and eliminated except for a single holdout: a largely discredited and rapidly shrinking Catholic Church. Yet people are unhappy.What has been created is a sterile world of crass materialism, a world without spiritual dimension, a world where people daily choose legalized euthanasia over the emptiness of existence. Out of this culture of despair, there arises a charismatic leader: Julian Felsenburgh. Soon the masses are in Felsenburgh's thrall and he becomes leader of the world. But in their eagerness for change, have the citizens of the world embraced the Antichrist and hastened the end of days?Father Percy Franklin remains a bastion of stability, even as the Catholic Church disintegrates around him. Finally outlawed and driven underground, it is only this small and shrinking Church that stands against the "Lord of the World."Show more
Feeling a chill amidst the warmth of the season? Sensing a shadow lurking behind the tinsel and lights? Experience the darker visions hidden within our brightest holiday. Come listen to the water ghost's story as she spends Christmas Eve haunting Harrowby Hill. Listen as Charles Dickens examines the figure which haunts "The Signalman," and Edgar Allan Poe details the secret of "The Oval Portrait." You'll shiver as "The Monkey's Paw" twitches grimly in the cold and enjoy Mark Twain's fascinating yarn about a ghostly giant warming himself at the fireplace. Sixteen unabridged tales of spirits to playfully darken the holidays and add chill to a winter's night: "The Traveller" by R. H. Benson"The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kendrick Bangs"The Oval Portrait" and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe"A Ghost Story" by Mark Twain"The Wolf" by Guy de Maupassant"The Adventures of the German Student" by Washington Irving"The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs"From the Tideless Sea" by W. H. Hodgson"Madam Crowl's Ghost" by J. S. Le Fanu"The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde"Doctor Heidegger's Experiment" by Nathaniel Hawthorne"The Old Nurse's Story" by Mrs. Gaskell"The Black Veil" and "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens"Selecting a Ghost" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Tom Casaletto, Sandra Burr, Leanor Reizen, Jim Bond, Roger Dressler, and Michael PageShow more
Check out the latest activities in our KidsZone.