Most widely held works by Nadia May
Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen ( Recording )
15 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 697 libraries worldwide
Called "the greatest novel ever written" by Malcolm Muggeridge, Pride and prejidice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy ( Recording )
16 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 618 libraries worldwide
Presents the working out of the parallel moral and religious dilemmas of Anna Karenina with her soldier-lover, Vronsky, and Konstantin Levin with his young, very loving wife, Kitty.
Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 609 libraries worldwide
The first of Jane Austen's novels to be published, Sense and sensibility marked the debut of England's primary novelist of manners. Convinced that "3 or 4 families in a country village is the very thing to work upon," Austen created a brilliant tragicomedy of flirtation and folly. Genteel dinner parties at a stately manor and romantic walks through luxuriant Devonshire draw two attractive sisters into the manipulations of landed gentry determined to marry well.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens ( Recording )
17 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 481 libraries worldwide
Story of a workhouse orphan who is captured and thrust into a den of thieves and villains, but comes at last to his rightful heritage.
Howards End by E. M Forster ( Recording )
12 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 452 libraries worldwide
Howard's End is a charming country house in Hertfordshire which becomes the object of an inheritance dispute between the Wilcox family and the Schlegel sisters. Through romantic entanglements, disappearing wills, and sudden tragedy, the conflict over the house emerges as a symbolic struggle for England's very future. A clear, vibrant portrait of life in Edwardian England, Howard's End deals with personal relationships and conflicting values.
The divine comedy by Dante Alighieri ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 417 libraries worldwide
No words can describe the greatness of this work, a greatness both of theme and artistry. The theme that Dante treats is universal; it involves the greatest concepts which man has ever attained. Only a genius could find the loftiness of tone and the splendor and variety of images and scenes that are presented in The Divine Comedy.
Persuasion by Jane Austen ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 415 libraries worldwide
The last novel completed by Jane Austen before she died in her early forties, Persuasion is often thought to be the story of the author's own lost love. The book's heroine, Anne Elliot, encounters Frederick Wentworth, the man to whom she was once engaged when he was a young naval officer. Now a captain, Wentworth is courting the rash young Louisa Musgrove. The happy ending is not one in which Austen would ever play a part.
The hiding place by Corrie Ten Boom ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 406 libraries worldwide
This is the story of how Corrie and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in a specially built room in their house and aiding their escape from the Nazis.
Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim ( Recording )
8 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 405 libraries worldwide
Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization and escape from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea.
Emma by Jane Austen ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 359 libraries worldwide
First published in 1816 and considered one of Jane Austen's finest works, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters and presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice. Her two greatest comic characters are part of Emma's machinations-the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and the quintessential bore, Miss Bates. Delightfully funny, Emma displays the shrewd wit and delicate irony which made Jane Austen a master of the English novel. Although Austen thought that only she would like her witty, fanciful, self-deluded heroine, Emma has gained the affection of generations of readers.
The Odyssey by Homer ( Recording )
7 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 357 libraries worldwide
So much has been written about Homer that the legendary blind bard might just as well himself be included among the great pantheon of Greek gods about whom he wrote so well. The Odyssey is concerned with Odysseus' difficulties in returning home after the Trojan War, which was won by the Greeks. It is unquestionably one of the great epic masterpieces of Western literature and a storehouse of Greek folklore and myth. With its wise and always magnificent hero and its romantic theme, The Odyssey has established itself as perhaps the greatest adventure story of all time.
What was she thinking? [notes on a scandal by Zoe Heller ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 337 libraries worldwide
Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has known none but the most solitary of lifestyles until new teacher Sheba Hart joins St. George's. Starting by sharing lunches, then family events, the new art teacher draws Barbara into a touching confidence. Unbeknownst to their colleagues, however, another relationship blossoms meanwhile: Sheba has begun a passionate affair with an underage male student. When the details come to light and Sheba falls prey to the inevitable media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense, revealing not only Sheba's secrets but her own.
Whose body? a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy L Sayers ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and held by 306 libraries worldwide
Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a nude corpse, wearing a golden pince-nez, in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes.
Silas Marner by George Eliot ( Recording )
13 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 288 libraries worldwide
Silas Marner is a gentle linen weaver who is wrongly accused of a heinous theft that was committed by his best friend. After going into reclusion, he finds redemption and spiritual rebirth issuing from his unselfish love of an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day in his cottage.
The story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting ( Recording )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and held by 277 libraries worldwide
The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite pets to cure the monkeys of a terrible sickness.
The age of innocence by Edith Wharton ( Recording )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 269 libraries worldwide
The first Pulitzer Prize for literature awarded to a woman was for The age of innocence, Edith Wharton's elegant portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. In the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870s, Newland Archer, a young lawyer, prepares to marry the docile May Welland. But before their engagement is announced, he meets the mysterious, nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska, May's cousin, who has returned to New York after a long absence. Ellen mirrors his own sense of disillusionment with society and the "good marriage" he is about to embark upon and provokes a moral struggle within him as he continues to go through the motions. A social commentary of surprising compassion and insight, The age of innocence toes the line between the comedy of manners and the tragedy of thwarted love.
Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 269 libraries worldwide
A collection of eighteen tales about Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tittlemouse, and the others.
Alexander the Great and his time by Agnes Forbes Blackadder Savill ( Recording )
12 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 268 libraries worldwide
Alexander was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. He was unquestionably one of the most brilliant and commanding generals of all time. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellinism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development.
The guns of August by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman ( Recording )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 263 libraries worldwide
Incorporating a captivating literary narrative, Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, a self-trained historian, details the events leading up to as well as the first thirty days of World War One.
The Abyssinian proof by Jenny B White ( Recording )
10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 250 libraries worldwide
The Ottoman Empire is plagued by thefts of antiquities from mosques and churches. Within days, the lost objects appear for sale in Europe. Among them is a reliquary presumed lost for 400 years and around which an elaborate, mysterious sect has grown.
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