08 September 2016
In Their Own Words is an exclusive audio collection of largely unpublished letters from throughout history
Audible, The National Archives and Bloomsbury have released In Their Own Words, an exclusive audio collection of largely unpublished letters from throughout history.
Covering centuries of protest, scandal, cultural revolution and technological innovation the series gives audiences an intimate window into the past, documenting momentous events through personal letters from well-known figures and ordinary citizens alike.
Look out for our full review of In Their Own Words in Family Tree November, on sale 28 September. Subscribe today to make sure you don’t miss your copy!
Bringing together some of the world’s most shocking, funny and poignant writing, the collection spans some 500 years including everything from Catherine Howard’s adulterous love notes, to the letter that marked the start of Nelson Mandela’s trial.
Working with some of Britain’s best loved performers, In Their Own Words has been beautifully brought to life by a BAFTA and Tony award winning cast including Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter), Indira Varma (Game Of Thrones), Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed), Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs), David Haig (Four Weddings & A Funeral), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey) and Rhashan Stone (Desmond's).
Dr Hester Vaizey, Publishing Manager at The National Archives who expertly curated the rich collecton, said: ‘Reading old letters can feel like stepping into a time machine, taking us back to the moment when the author set down their thoughts and feelings on paper. Letters contain the full array of human emotions, from love to hate, from fear to excitement. This anthology of letters has been selected from the 126 shelf-miles of documents held in The National Archives and offers a fascinating insight into the lives of men and women who are no longer with us.’
This behind-the-scenes video shows some of Britain’s most famous voices – including Miriam Margolyes, Martin Shaw and Daniel Mays – narrating the audiobook:
The In Their Own Words audiobook is £14.99 or free for Audible subscribers.