Talking Books

Tune in every weekday for a new episode of our unabridged Talking Book, or catch up with every episode here. New episodes every Monday - Friday at 2pm, or if you prefer a book at bedtime it's repeated every night at 10pm.

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New Europe by Michael Palin

Read by Michael Palin

Palin's New Europe takes the form of a journey through countries which have rich and complex cultures.

Few have survived intact, as the ebb and flow of warring armies has continually changed the map of Europe

Starting in the mountains of Slovenia he travels down through Croatia and the former Yugoslavia to Albania before turning northwards to embrace Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, The Ukraine, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, the former East Germany, Poland, the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, opening up a new and undiscovered world to millions of viewers and readers

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1066 and All That: a memorable history of England, comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 good things, 5 bad kings and 2 genuine dates by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman

Read by Bob Rollett

1066 and all that is a book that has itself become part of our history The authors made the claim that 'All the History you can remember is in the Book' - and, for most of us, they were probably right But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic an uproarious satire on textbook history and our confused recollections of it


Stamp Album by Terence Stamp

Read by Terence Stamp

In this enchanting memoir, Terence Stamp looks back with affection and humour to an East End childhood that began with bombs over Bow Cemetery and embraced him as the first of a new generation of two Cockney clans Stamp's vivid memories take us back to the annual hop-picking holiday in Kent, through to the rigours of battling for a place in the local grammar school.

It is patently clear from curtain-up that the cinema icon is also a born story-teller

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Children's Talking Books

A children's classic, every Saturday morning at 9am and Sunday at 3pm and at the moment it's The Jungle Book. Catch up on the latest episode or find out more about our Weekend Children's Show here.

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If you're passionate about books and reading, tune in every Friday from 1pm. Author interviews, book news, technology updates and everything you've always wanted to know about the RNIB Library. 

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Booker Prize

Every year we feature the Man Booker shortlisted authors, here are the latest and a few from the awards over the past few years - Man Booker Prize authors

Suggest a book to be played on Talking Books by emailing or contacting me via Talking_Books on Twitter. A number of restrictions around rights are involved but we do look at every suggestion.

Listen Again

Catch up with our current featured book, and EVERY EPISODE of the last book featured on the show, both mid-week and children's weekend.

New Europe


New Europe 1/14

New Europe 2/14

New Europe 3/14

New Europe 4/14



1066 and All That


1066 1/4

1066 2/4

1066 3/4

1066 4/4


Stamp Album


Stamp Album 1/14

Stamp Album 2/14

Stamp Album 3/14

Stamp Album 4/14

Stamp Album 5/14

Stamp Album 6/14

Stamp Album 7/14

Stamp Album 8/14

Stamp Album 9/14

Stamp Album 10/14

Stamp Album 11/14

Stamp Album 12/14

Stamp Album 13/14

Stamp Album 14/14


Children's Books

The Jungle Book

Jungle Book 1/7

Jungle Book 2/7

Jungle Book 3/7

Jungle Book 4/7

Jungle Book 5/7

Jungle Book 6/7


Alice in Wonderland

Alice 1/4 

Alice 2/4

Alice 3/4

Alice 4/4


About Talking Books

Robert Kirkwood presents the best of the spoken Word. The famous RNIB Talking Books studios have such a rich and varied history. Authors such as Ruth Rendell, Roald Dahl, P.D. James, A.S. Byatt, Fay Weldon, Doris Lessing, Lady Antonia Fraser and lots of other greats, making up a veritable Who’s Who of UK literature, have all visited us and recorded something.

Narrators over the years have included Joanna Lumley, Richard Baker, Sir John Gielgud, Joss Ackland and Jim Broadbent amongst hundreds of others. In the early days of the RNIB Talking Book service, there was no such thing as commercial audiobooks, so the RNIB library is the only place to hear people such as Peter Cushing and Joyce Grenfel read books aloud.

On the Talking Book show we've featured all of the above! Where else could you hear Peter Cushing read Sherlock Holmes followed by Victoria Coren talking poker, or Cherie Blair reading Postman Pat followed by Frederick Forsyth telling us about cocaine trafficking?

Tune in every day at 2pm (or 10pm or 3am) for exclusive audio, author interviews, behind the scenes features and our featured book or short story of the moment. I'll also keep adding content to the Talking Books podcast feed so make sure you subscribe.

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