South Riding

  • by Winifred Holtby
  • Narrated by Carole Boyd
  • 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this rich and memorable evocation of the fictional South Riding of Yorkshire are the lives, loves and sorrows of the central characters. There is Sarah Burton, fiery young headmistress; Robert Carne of Maythorpe Hall, a councillor tormented by his own disastrous marriage; Jo Astell, a socialist fighting poverty and his own illness; and Mrs Beddows, the first woman Alderman of the district (like Winifred's own mother). They are the people who work together in the council chambers and backrooms of local politics. Alongside them, however, are the people affected by their decisions.

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South Riding re-visited

I first read Winifred Holtby's South Riding more than 35 years ago and loved it. The writing is wonderful and the story moving and uplifting. In 1974 I watched the Yorkshire Television dramatisation with Dorothy Tutin and Nigel Davenport - a true adaptation and captivating. So I came to the unabridged audio version with high hopes and expectations. It didn't disappoint. It is beautifully read by Carole Boyd. If you only know her from her incarnation as the shrill Linda Snell in the Archers then be prepared for a surprise. She has a sensitive, versatile voice which picks up every nuance of the written word. I loved this audio experience. Without doubt the best listen of my audio year.
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- Painter

South Riding

I took me some time to get into it. But then I could hardly put down my earphones intrigued by the story as well as the wonderful listening. Probably not the book you like to read whilst roasting on the beach but being snuggled up on a sofa with a cup of tea and biscuits or a long journey you do not have to concentrate on the traffic.
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- Bookworm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios