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About Timothy West

Timothy West was born in the English town of Bradford, Yorkshire in 1934 the son of the actor Lockwood West. Educated at the famous British Public School of Harrow, he grew up to challenge the establishment into which he was born by becoming a lifelong campaigner for the Labour Party.

His acting career has spanned fifty years and in that time he has dominated the British stage with several critically acclaimed portrayals of King Lear amongst his wide range of roles. He has directed theatre companies from England to Australia and is president of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

His film career has included, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978) Cry Freedom (1987) and Iris (2001) and amongst his many television roles have been his famed portrayal of Edward VII in the 1975 series Edward the King, Bradley Hardacre in the 1982 series of Brass and Sir Leicester Deadlock in the 2005 television version of Dickens’ Bleak House.

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Treasure Island Audiobook

Treasure Island Audiobook
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Timothy West

This highly entertaining audio book, read by star actor Timothy West, was first conceived during a rainy summer holiday in the Highlands of Scotland in an attempt to amuse the author's step-son.  Treasure Island began with the map - young Lloyd Osbourne had drawn a crude version of an island and Stevenson, looking over the boy’s shoulder began to elaborate, christening various curves and smudges the famed names of Skeleton Island, Spyglass Hill and finally adding the three red crosses marking the buried treasure. From this gentlest of beginnings has come one of the fiercest and best loved novels of piracy and fortune in the history of literature. It is Lloyd’s lasting legacy that he insisted there be no girls in the story!

It tells the story of Jim Hawkins who having acquired a map to the vast treasure of the fabled Captain Flint, sets out with a sponsor, Squire Trelawney, who has been tricked into crewing up his ship with the remaining members of the notorious Flint’s band of pirates. Mutiny, maroonings and treasure follow, with the wonderful character of Long John Silver, not only providing a truly sophisticated analysis of the fact that morality is never simple but also forever fixing peg legs and parrots as the only uniform of the true buccaneer.

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