Arnold Bennett

Mental Efficiency


Read by Ruth Golding


In this light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising the mind, organising your life…

How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day


Read by Mark F. Smith


"Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say 'lives,' I do not mean exists, nor 'muddles through.'" -- Arnold Ben…

The Human Machine


Read by Ruth Golding


Bennett asks us to consider our brains as the most wonderful machine, a machine which is the only thing in this world that we can control. A…

Self and Self-management: Essays about Existing


Read by Ruth Golding


Bennett's essays always provide food for thought and bring a wry smile to the lips. Human nature, it appears, changes little over the ages, …

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (version 2)


Read by Phil Chenevert


Are you really 'living', or just existing? Do you want to improve yourself or just continue to muddle through? Do you use the time given y…

The Grand Babylon Hotel


Read by Anna Simon


Theodore Racksole, a rich American multi-millionaire, buys the Grand Babylon Hotel, a luxurous hotel in London, as a whim - and then finds o…

The Old Wives' Tale


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


The Old Wives' Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1908. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance …

The Card


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


The ‘Card’ in question is Edward Henry Machin - His mother called him ‘Denry’. This light-hearted story is of his rise from humble begin…

The Ghost: A Modern Fantasy


Read by Simon Evers


The novel opens with Carl Foster, a recently qualified doctor, coming to London to try and make his fortune. He meets a famous tenor, Signor…

Literary Taste: How to Form It


Read by Timothy Ferguson


Arnold Bennett describes a method for enjoying literature, and suggests the contents of a comprehensive library. Chapters 1-10 and 14 descri…

The Price of Love


Read by Christine Blachford


Rachel Louise Fleckring works for the elderly Mrs Maldon, and although with the woman for only a short time, she is taken into the heart of …

Buried Alive


Read by Simon Evers


The hero is Mr Priam Farll, a painter of considerable ability. He is, however, extremely shy – so shy that when his valet, Henry Leek, dies …

Tales of the Five Towns


Read by Martin Clifton


This is a selection of short stories recounting, with gentle satire and tolerant good humour, the small town provincial life at the end of t…

The Pretty Lady


Read by Simon Evers


‘The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christi…

The Regent


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


'The Regent' is, if not a sequel to 'The Card', then a 'Further Adventures of' the eponymous hero of that novel.Denry Machin is now forty-th…

The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


Twenty-two short stories by Arnold Bennett, mainly set in the 'Five Towns', Bennett's name for the pottery manufacturing towns of the Englis…

These Twain


Read by Simon Evers


Hilda is saved from destitution by Edwin Clayhanger who marries her. The two, with Hilda's son by her disastrous 'marriage' to George Cannon…

Anna of the Five Towns


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The plot centers on Anna Tellwright, daughter of a wealthy but miserly and dictatorial father, living in the Potteries area of Staffordshire…

The Feast of St. Friend


Read by Ruth Golding


In The Feast of St. Friend, a Christmas book, Arnold Bennett shares his views on Christmas as the season of goodwill. As always, Bennett's w…

Clayhanger


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This first of a trilogy of novels is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves…

Hilda Lessways


Read by Simon Evers


This book is the second in Bennett’s four books about life in the Five Towns (the real life Potteries in Staffordshire). It tells the story …

The Roll-Call


Read by Simon Evers


"The Roll-Call" is the sequel to the Clayhanger trilogy. This book concerns the young life of Clayhanger's stepson, George. George…

A Great Man: a Frolic


Read by Simon Evers


Subtitled 'A Frolic', this light-hearted book follows the fortunes of Henry Shakespeare Knight who, rather to his own surprise, writes a bes…