French Collection, The

A week of classic French short stories.

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SS01Augustine De Villeblanche19970714A week of classic French short stories.By the Marquis de Sade, translated by Edward Marielle.|The tale of a suitor who goes to extraordinary lengths to win the woman of his dreams.|With Charles Dance narrating as de Sade.
SS02The Boy Spy19970715By Alphonse Daudet, read by Anton Lesser.|It is the winter of 1870 and Paris is under siege during the Franco-Prussian war.|A childish bit of fun turns into tragedy when the story's young hero unwittingly acts as a spy for the Prussians.
SS03Accursed House, The19970716By Emile Gaboriau, read by Alistair Mcgowan.|The tenants of the Rue de la Victoire in Paris grow increasingly worried when their landlord mysteriously lowers their rent.|What is the reason behind this astonishing act of generosity?
SS04Morning Glories1997071719970721By Colette, translated by Matthew Ward, read by Greta Scacchi.|Valentine's lover prefers her to be adorned and made-up rather than naked and natural, leading to some frank observations from Colette on a woman's fixation with personal appearance.
SS05 LASTOn Horseback19970718By Guy de Maupassant, translated by Mary Balairdie Green, read by Simon Russell Beale.|Hector de Gribelin belongs to a dying breed of aristocrat who still thinks that appearance counts for everything.|He gets his comeuppance when he takes his family for a ride in the country.