|SS||01||Augustine De Villeblanche||19970714|
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.
|SS||02||The Boy Spy||19970715|
By 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.
|SS||03||Accursed House, The||19970716|
By 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?
By 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.
|SS||05 LAST||On Horseback||19970718|
By 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.