Exclusively from Audible The story of a woman´s struggle for independence from an abusive husband. Helen ´Graham´ has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage and to protect her young son from the influence of his father. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter. Gilbert Markham, a local man intrigued by the beautiful young ´widow´ offers his friendship but becomes distrustful when her reclusive behaviour sparks rumours and speculation. When she offers her diary for him to read only then does he discover the dark truth of her shocking past. The second and last novel written by Anne Brontë, the youngest of the six Brontë children, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall deals with alcoholism, physical and emotional abuse, unhappy marriages and adultery. Anne´s novels are distinctly different from that of her sisters, filled with gritty realism. After her death, Anne´s sister, Charlotte, prevented its republication perhaps due to her belief that it was overly graphic and an ´entire mistake´. Despite first being published in 1848, The Independent described it as a ´frighteningly up-to-date tale of single motherhood and wife-battering.´ It is considered one of the more shocking of the Brontë stories and due to Helen´s breaking of social convention and law holds firm as one of the first feminist novels. Narrator Biography Three-time Olivier Award winner actor Alex Jennings is known for portraying Prince Charles in The Queen (2006) as well as appearing in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Babel (2006) and The Lady in the Van (2015). His television work has included Cranford (2007), Silk (2011-2014), and Victoria (2016). He has narrated many audiobooks including Charlie Connelly´s Attention All Shipping, which in 2008 was chosen as one of the top 40 audiobook 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Jennings, Jenny Agutter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/001148/bk_bbcw_001148_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2007, after 20 years of living in London, Kate Humble and her husband, Ludo, decided it was time to leave city life behind them. Three years later, now the owner of a Welsh smallholding, Kate hears that a nearby farm is to be broken up and sold off. Another farm lost; another opportunity for a young farmless farmer gone. Desperate to stop the sale, Kate contacts the council with an alternative plan - to keep the farm working and to run a rural skills and animal husbandry school alongside it. Against all odds, she succeeds. Here, in Humble By Nature, Kate shares with us a highly personal account of her journey from London town house to Welsh farm. Along the way we meet Bertie and Lawrence the donkeys, Myfanwy and Blackberry the pigs, and goats Biscuit and Honey, not forgetting a dog called Badger and his unladylike sidekick, Bella. And we are introduced to the tenant farmers Tim and Sarah, the locals who helped (and some who didn´t), and a whole host of newborn lambs. Full of the warmth and passion for the natural world that makes Kate such a sought after presenter, Humble By Nature is the story of two people prepared to follow their hearts and save a small part of Britain´s farming heritage, whatever the consequences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Humble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000227/bk_head_000227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.