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Tales for Our Time

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

For the sixth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads the first of a Scott Fitzgerald double-bill, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, published in 1922. To listen, simply click the audio players below. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses Fitzgerald and the point at which lavish wealth becomes absurd.

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The Cat That Walked By Himself

For the fifth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads "The Cat That Walked By Himself", from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, published in 1902. To listen, simply click the audio player below. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses this tale - and the little girl who liked her stories "just so".

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The Prisoner of Zenda

For the fourth of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads The Prisoner of Zenda, written by Anthony Hope in 1894. To hear Part One, simply click above. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses why, in an age of very different storytelling, he thinks this yarn still has relevance.

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The Secret Agent

For the third of our series Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads The Secret Agent, written by Joseph Conrad in 1907. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the relevance of Conrad's "simple tale of the 19th century" to terrorism in the 21st century.

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The Time Machine

For the second of our new series Tales for Our Time, Mark reads The Time Machine, written by H G Wells for serialization in The New Review in 1895. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the relevance of Wells' vision of the world 800,000 years hence to our own age.

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The Tragedy of the Korosko

For the first of our Tales for Our Time, Steyn reads Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1898 novel The Tragedy of the Korosko. To hear Part One, simply click above. It's prefaced with an introduction by Mark in which he discusses the book's relevance to our new age of jihadist terror. Indeed, Conan Doyle's story ripples with pre-echoes of today:

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