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Thank You, Jeeves

by P.G. Wodehouse

Bertram Wooster's interminable banjolele playing has driven Jeeves, his otherwise steadfast gentleman's gentleman, to give notice.

The foppish aristocrat cannot survive long without his Shakespeare-quoting and problem-solving valet, however, and after a narrowly escaped forced marriage, a cottage fire, and a great butter theft, the celebrated literary odd couple are happy to return to the way things were.

Read by Bruce Montague, it runs for 9 episodes until Monday the 1st of September.

Coming Soon

Books to come include I, Robot, The Day of the Triffids, Alan Bennett's Writing Home and Jamaica Inn. Suggest a book by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter.

Junior Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm. At the moment it's Padington by Michael Bond.

Find out more about our Sunday book here

Podcast Shows

Author interviews, special shows, documentaries and more, all available to listen online or download as a podcast. Includes chats with Bill Bryson, the creator of Paddington Bear, 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

Author Interview - John Gordon Sinclair

Actor and author John Gordon Sinclair talks to me in front of an invited audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about his new book 'Blood Whispers'.

Author Interview - Chris Stewart

As Driving Over Lemons comes to an end on Talking Books I chat to author Chris Stewart, live from the terrace of El Valero.

War Girls - Poetry from WW1

Compiled and read by Ruth Sillers, War Girls is an anthology of poetry and prose written by women in the 1st World War.

Listen Again

Catch up with the last five episodes of Talking Books

Monday - Sad Cypress 7/8

Tuesday - Sad Cypress 8/8

Wednesday - Thank You, Jeeves 1/9

Thursday - Thank You, Jeeves 2/9

Friday -  Thank You, Jeeves 3/9

Sunday - The Adventures of Paddington



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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