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They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Read by Laurel Lefkow 

Miss Marple senses danger when visiting a friend living in a mansion doubling as a centre for delinquents.Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold.

Neither is injured But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gulbrandsen, is shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not.

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Backcloth by Dirk Bogarde

Read by the author.

Read by Dirk Bogarde himself for the RNIB Talking Book Service, this volume of Dirk’s memoirs retraces the patterns of pain and happiness that shaped his life, from childhood to adulthood in Provence.

Dirk here focuses not on his profession but on his character, as it developed and evolved through the years, and the marvellous cross-section of people who formed the ‘backcloth’ to his life. A vivid, eloquent and deeply felt evocation of a past remembered, embraced and, temporarily, laid to rest.

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Children's Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm and at the moment it's James and the Giant Peach written, and read, by Roald Dahl. Catch up on the latest episode or find out more about our Weekend Children's Show here.

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If you're passionate about books and reading, tune in every Friday from 1pm. Author interviews, book news, technology updates and everything you've always wanted to know about the RNIB Library. 

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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

Suggest a book to be played on Talking Books by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter. A number of restrictions around rights are involved but we do look at every suggestion.


Most recent podcasts for Talking Books

Richard Wiseman

Why do we enjoy being scared? Why do we watch horror films, scary TV shows and listen to frightening books? I ask Richard Wiseman, author and the Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Colonel Chris Hadfield

Author Interview - From the ISS to author, astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his book 'The Darkest Dark' and about weightless reading.

Neil Oliver

Author Interview - The historian talks about his fiction and non-fiction books and his current project in Western Australia

Listen Again

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


They Do It With Mirrors

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Backcloth 1/13

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Children's Books

James and the Giant Peach

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Heidi 1/7

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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 2pm (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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