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ClassicsOnline Home » MORRIS, J.: Farewell the Trumpets - An Imperial Retreat (Pax Britannica, Vol. 3) (Abridged)
The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s masterly telling of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura.
This final volume charts the decline and dissolution of what was once the largest empire the world had known. From the first signs of decay in the Imperial ambition in the Boer Wars, through the global shifts in power evident in the two World Wars, it offers a perspective that is honest, evocative and occasionally elegiac.
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But Naxos AudioBooks has also embarked vigorously on contemporary literature. The major novels of the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami now appear on the label—among them Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and A Wild Sheep Chase—and have won plaudits and awards. Cormac McCarthy’s bleak and powerful novels The Road, Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men are read by Rupert Degas, Robert G. Slade and Sean Barrett in intense and atmospheric recordings; the 2007 Booker Prize-winner The Gathering by Anne Enright was recorded unabridged in the presence of the writer by the charismatic Fiona Shaw; and Rose Tremain’s engaging novels The Road Home, Music and Silence and Restoration have been brought to life by Juliet Stevenson, Michael Praed (with Clare Wille and Alison Dowling) and Rupert Degas.
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The list of non-fiction classics includes shortened versions of Gibbon’s magisterial The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vasari’s Lives of the Artists and Jan Morris’s Venice. Among the texts written for Naxos AudioBooks are The History of English Poetry, Confucius – In a Nutshell, The French Revolution – In a Nutshell, the Opera Explained series, and biographies of composers.
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