Happy 199th Birthday, Mr Dickens!

Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February 1812. He went on to become the foremost novelist of the Victorian age - and he remains one of the world's favourite writers.

We have five of his finest short stories available as an unabridged audiobook, enhanced with music and sound effects, and read by the brilliant John Sessions. If you haven't heard these yet, you're in for a treat. If you have, then why not introduce a friend to them? On iTunes, you can even give a copy of the release to someone else as a present - just click the tab next to Buy Album and select 'Gift This Album'.

If you want to know more about Charles Dickens - and this release - visit our Charles Dickens web page, where you'll find trailers, videos, bibliographies and reading lists. You can even browse through our special Dickens bookshop (courtesy of Amazon), which is packed with recommended texts and further reading selected by our literary consultant Dr Martin Wiggins. Or why not chat about Dickens in our dedicated forum?

There's plenty to explore and many ways to help us celebrate Dickens's 199th birthday!


10% off at!

To celebrate the fact that we now have 100 forum members, we're throwing a little sale at our store. From now until 15 February 2011, all our titles will be discounted by 10%. Please tell your friends - and pick up a bargain yourself while you're at it!

Click here to visit our Lulu storefront.


Chat to fellow book lovers

It's not all about audiobooks at Textbook Stuff. If, like us, you're addicted to reading, why not share your literary pensées with other forum members? We've got a special Off-Topic forum here where you can chat with fellow literati about what books you're reading. Have fun!


Browning versions by Martin Jarvis

Textbook Stuff is delighted to announce that the one and only Martin Jarvis is joining us to read Robert Browning - Selected Poems.

One of the most celebrated audiobook performers in the business, Martin has lent his unmistakable voice to hundreds of spoken word productions on both sides of the Atlantic. Perhaps best known for his much-loved readings of Richmal Crompton's Just William stories, Martin has also recorded P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Blandings tales, alongside novels by contemporary authors like Dick Francis, Jeffrey Archer and Wilbur Smith, and countless classics by Dickens, Wilde, Kipling, Galsworthy, Ovid, Greene and Stevenson. 

Martin Jarvis first caught the public's attention as Jolyon Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, going on to star in further literary adaptations including Nicholas Nickleby (as Nicholas), Little Women, The Moonstone, David Copperfield and Lorna Doone. His many other screen credits include James Cameron's Titanic, Inspector Morse, Buster, Marple, Doctor Who, Rings on Their Fingers, Who Dares Wins, and the charming ladykiller Harvey Freeman in EastEnders.

Martin, who runs his own production company with his wife Rosalind Ayres, recently produced and narrated two star-studded radio adaptations of the James Bond novels Dr. No and Goldfinger.

For Textbook Stuff, the seventeen poems brought to life by Martin's mellifluous tones encompass some of Robert Browning's most celebrated works, including The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Home Thoughts From Abroad, My Last Duchess, Porphyria's Lover and Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came. The collection is crowned by an unabridged reading of Browning's great dramatic poem, Fra Lippo Lippi.

For more information, click here or visit our forums.


The Real Doc Martin

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Martin Wiggins, MA, DPhil (Oxon), Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Stratford-upon-Avon's prestigious Shakespeare Institute, has joined the Textbook Stuff team as our Literary Consultant. He will be helping to ensure that our reading lists and bibliographies offer students the best choice of supplementary material, as well as advising us on the content of our releases. Many literary works exist in different versions with variant texts, and few academics are better placed than Dr Wiggins to help us navigate these waters with precision and authority.

A respected author and academic, Martin is one of the UK's leading authorities on Elizabethan and Jacobean literature, editing numerous highly regarded editions of works by Fletcher, Middleton, Ford and, of course, Shakespeare. In 2006 he won the coveted Calvin and Rose G. Hoffman Prize for distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe. He also writes regularly for Around the Globe, the magazine of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and is Associate General Editor of the Oxford English Drama series and of The Philological Museum. His latest project is a comprehensive play-by-play account of drama in the British Isles from the English Reformation to the English Revolution, which is due out late next year.

'I'm delighted to be joining the Textbook Stuff team,' says Martin. 'It's an exciting opportunity to hear important and well-loved poems and stories brought to life by the professional expertise of a distinguished cast. I hope it will enhance and enrich the experience of literature for book-lovers and students everywhere - including in my own classes!'

Welcome aboard, Martin!