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About Geraldine James

Geraldine James is one of Britain’s foremost actresses. She trained at The Drama Centre, London and has been a vital lynchpin of the London theatrical establishment ever since. One of her most successful roles in theatre was as Portia opposite Dustin Hoffman in the 1998 West End production of The Merchant of Venice. Her portrayal of the role won her a Tony Award in 1990 when the play transferred to Broadway.

Her wider fame came about as a result of her work in Richard Attenborough’s film Ghandi (1982) and her role as Sarah Layton in the 1984 mini-series The Jewel in the Crown.

She won the Volpi Cup for the best actress at the Venice Biennale for her work opposite Dame Peggy Ashcroft in Steven Poliakoff’s 1989 film She’s Been Away and she was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2003.

She lives in London with her husband.

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Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories Audiobook

Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories Audiobook
Written by D H Lawrence
Read by Geraldine James OBE

This is a selection of D H Lawrence’s short stories, mostly about women. Although much wider known for his novels and in particular for his forthright attitude to sex, and its description, in literature, it is for his short stories that Lawrence has most commonly gained critical acclaim.

Set, as was Lawrence’s habit, within sight of the ‘great blue heap of Nottingham’ Love Among the Haystacks introduces us to the character of the wild and disobedient German governess mostly referred to as ‘the Fräulein’, whose passion and rarity drive two brothers to distraction with somewhat disastrous consequences.

Mother and Daughter is portrayal of that most difficult of roles, the mother-in-law, and The Rocking Horse WinnerThe Odour of Crysanthemums explores the other side of the equation with a son’s desperate attempts to help his overly acquisitive mother creating a sharply painful, almost parable-like tale. is one of Lawrence’s most famous short stories. It marked the beginning of his literary career when it was published in 1909 in the hugely influential magazine The Literary Review.

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