Talking Books

Talking Books with Robert Kirkwood, weekdays from 3pm and 10pm

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1066 And All That by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman

Read by Bob Rollett

One of the most well-loved and best-selling British humor titles of all time.

"Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him (owing to a misunderstanding of the Rule Britannia) that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet."

This humorous 'history' is a book that has itself become part of the UK's history. The authors made the claim that "All the History you can remember is in the Book," and, for most Brits, they were probably right. But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic; an uproarious satire on textbook history and a population's confused recollections of it.

Only 4 episodes long, listen live at 3pm or 10pm Monday - Thursday or catch up now.


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A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Read by Chris Courtenay 

The story of a young English middle-class girl, Lucy Honeychurch, who while vacationing in Italy, Lucy meets and is wooed by two gentlemen, George Emerson and Cecil Vyse.

After turning down Cecil Vyse's marriage proposals twice Lucy finally accepts. Upon hearing of the engagement George protests and confesses his true love for Lucy. Lucy is torn between the choice of marrying Cecil, who is a more socially acceptable mate, and George who she knows will bring her true happiness.

A Room With a View is a tale of classic human struggles such as the choice between social acceptance or true love. Catch up now.

Episode 10 also contains an interview with Alexander McCall Smith and a short story read by Helena Bonham Carter.


Junior Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm and at the moment it's some tales from Beatrix Potter. Catch up on the latest episode or find out more about our Weekend Children's Show here.


Read On

If you're passionate about books and reading, tune in every Friday from 3pm. Author interviews, book news, technology updates and everything you've always wanted to know about the RNIB Library. 

Head to the Read On Page now


Talking Books at 80

The Talking Books service from RNIB is 80 years old, and we have many special shows, features and documentaries coming up. More information is on the Talking Books at 80 page.


Coming Soon

1066 and All That will be coming soon. Suggest a book by emailing robert.kirkwood@rnib.org.uk or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.


Booker Prize

Every year we feature the Man Booker shortlisted authors, here are the latest and a few from the awards over the past few years - Man Booker Prize authors


Podcast Shows

Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Michael Palin, Bill Bryson, Michael Bond (the creator of Paddington Bear as pictured below), James Herbert's last ever interview, a full short story by Denise Mina and the man behind Parker and Brains in Thunderbirds and co-inventor of the voice of the Daleks. 

Podcast shows here.

Most recent podcasts for Talking Books

Comics Empower

A comic book store specifically for blind and partially sighted people, hear how it started and listen to some adventures right now.

Short Story - Sandy and Her Beautiful Sisters by Antonia Fraser

Helena Bonham Carter reads this modern fairy tale from Antonia Fraser.

Short Story - Old Smokeytoes by Louis de Bernieres

A dictator reflects on his life in this exclusive piece of writing from the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, read by the late, great Nigel Graham.

Listen Again

Catch up with our current featured book, and EVERY EPISODE of the last book featured on the show, both mid-week and weekend.

 

1066 And All That

1066 1/4

1066 2/4

A Room with a View

Room with a View 1/10

Room with a View 2/10

Room with a View 3/10

Room with a View 4/10

Room with a View 5/10

Room with a View 6/10

Room with a View 7/10

Room with a View 8/10

Room with a View 9/10

Room with a View 10/10

Tales of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter 1/6

Beatrix Potter 2/6

Beatrix Potter 3/6

Black Beauty

Beauty 1/7

Beauty 2/7

Beauty 3/7

Beauty 4/7

Beauty 5/7

Beauty 6/7

Beauty 7/7


About Talking Books

Robert Kirkwood presents the best of the spoken Word. The famous RNIB Talking Books studios have such a rich and varied history. Authors such as Ruth Rendell, Roald Dahl, P.D. James, A.S. Byatt, Fay Weldon, Doris Lessing, Lady Antonia Fraser and lots of other greats, making up a veritable Who’s Who of UK literature, have all visited us and recorded something.

Narrators over the years have included Joanna Lumley, Richard Baker, Sir John Gielgud, Joss Ackland and Jim Broadbent amongst hundreds of others. In the early days of the RNIB Talking Book service, there was no such thing as commercial audiobooks, so the RNIB library is the only place to hear people such as Peter Cushing and Joyce Grenfel read books aloud.

On Insight Radio's Talking Book show we've featured all of the above! Where else could you hear Peter Cushing read Sherlock Holmes followed by Victoria Coren talking poker, or Cherie Blair reading Postman Pat followed by Frederick Forsyth telling us about cocaine trafficking?

Tune in every day at 3pm (or 10pm or 3am) for exclusive audio, author interviews, behind the scenes features and our featured book or short story of the moment. I'll also keep adding content to the Talking Books podcast feed so make sure you subscribe.

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