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About Tobias Smollett

Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771) was born at Dalquhurn, in what is now part of Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. The son of a county landowner and Judge, he qualified as a Surgeon but followed his literary ambitions to London in 1739. He was however, not successful in the literary world and ended up having to take a commission as a naval surgeon on the HMS Chichester, on which he travelled to Jamaica, where he stayed for several years. He married a wealthy Jamaican, Anna Lascelles, and returned home to London to set up a practice in Downing Street.

He published several literary works with little public success until nearly ten years after his first attempt when The Adventures of Roderick Random was published in 1748 which finally made his name. Smollett was a great traveller. Amongst other places, he returned to Aberdeen (to qualify as an MD), and journeyed to France where his second great success The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle was researched. He lived for a while ion Scotland which inspired his last novel The Expedition of Humphry Clinker published in the year of his death.

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The Expedition of Humphry Clinker Audiobook

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker Audiobook
Written by Tobias Smollett
Read by June Whitfield Ioen Meredith Hywel Simons Suzy Aitchison

Humphry Clinker, is an ostler, a stableman at an inn, who is taken on by Matthew Bramble, and his family while they are travelling through England. Various adventures befall them, especially after their meeting with Lieutenant Lismahago, a Scotsman, who joins their party. After various romantic interludes, Humphry suffers false imprisonment but is rescued and returned to his sweetheart, the maid Winifred Jenkins. It is then discovered that Humphry is Mr. Bramble's illegitimate son from a relationship with a barmaid during his wilder university days.

It is written in the form of a series of letters the five members of Squire Bramble’s household send as they journey around Britain. Much of the humour comes from the differing descriptions given by the five characters of the same events

June Whitfield and Co. read the Humphry Clinker audio book with great conviction, and produce a truly remarkable performance worthy of a BBC radio play.

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