Every now and then there comes a really special novel; one that has been eagerly anticipated for a very long time. Well, this quarter Oakhill Audio Books is publishing such a book: Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. Coming over a decade since her last (and only her second) book, its first-person narrative is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who recounts his fatal link with the painting of the book title. Stephen King called it "an extraordinary work of fiction" and he's certainly not wrong.

Another big-name author represented on the Oakhill list is Martin Cruz Smith with another of his Ardanky Renko novels, Tatiana. Set in Russia it revolves around the death of a female journalist whose tape recordings unleash a tide of hidden truths and falsehoods from within government ranks.

Among this quarter's children's offerings is The Revenge of the Ballybogs by Siobhan Rowden, a riotous follow-up to The Curse of the Bogle's Beard, which features Granny Hogflesh's disgusting pickles and bogle family secrets. Then in Marcus Sedgwick's Elf Girl and Raven Boy series, the pair leave their Fright Forest and venture to the Monster Mountains with Rat where they find wizard who wants to turn them to stone. Perhaps it wasn't such a good idea after all!

For the first quarter of 2014 the number of Oakhill Audio Books published each month continues to be nine adult titles and four children's titles – but from April this will increase to twelve adult titles, meaning that we can bring you even more first-rate titles and a wider range from which to select from.


The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, a... More>
Tatiana
Martin Cruz Smith
Tatiana
The fearless reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigo-renko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord... More>
The Revenge of the Ballybogs
Siobhan Rowden
The Revenge of the Ballybogs
Finally free of devious bogles, Barnaby Figg and his parents are working happily at Granny Hogsflesh’s Pickle Factory. But when Barnaby’s mum goes missing along with the pickled remains of Belchetta... More>
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