Posts tagged ‘audio’

The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness.

We have been lucky enough to work on Susannah Cahalan’s new book The Great Pretender, with the wonderful Katherine Fenton narrating.

“For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness–how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people–sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society–went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan’s watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever.

But, as Cahalan’s explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today?”

Susannah’s first book Brain on Fire has also been made into a film, and is currently available on Netflix.

The Wonders by Dr John Woolf

A radical new history of the Victorian age: meet the forgotten and extraordinary freak performers whose talents and disabilities helped define an era.

The Wonders was narrated by Gavin Osborn and written by Dr John Woolf who Stephen Fry calls A promising young historian with a taste for the exotic.’

“Dr John Woolf uses a wealth of recently discovered material to bring to life the sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant, always extraordinary stories of people who used their (dis)abilities and difference to become some of the first international celebrities. And through their lives we discover afresh some of the great transformations of the age: the birth of show business, of celebrity, of advertising, of ‘alternative facts’; while also exploring the tensions, both then and now, between the power of fame, the impact of exploitation and our fascination with ‘otherness’.”

Here’s the books narrator Gavin Osborn for some Chatterbox Chatter…


You can win an audio download of this book by visiting our Twitter page following and retweeting the pinned tweet.

The winners will be announce 31/10/19

This is This Country by Kerry and Kurtan Mucklow

Kerry and Kurtan Mucklow visited the studio’s recently to record their book This is This Country.

The award-winning BBC comedy This Country documents the day-to-day lives of young cousins Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe who live in a small village in the Cotswolds.

Filmed in the same mocumentary style as The Office, the show follows them as they interact with the other residents of their claustrophobic Cotswold village: the local vicar (and one-time 80s popstar), Reverend Francis Seaton; aspiring tattoo artist, bodyguard and S Club 7 fan, Mandy Harris; and self-confessed peeper and bookies’ favourite for Worst Father in Britain, Martin Mucklowe.

Kerry and Kurtan also wanted us to share this desperate plea…

This is This Country is now available to download here