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Sacred Elephant read byHeathcote Williams Jarvis's Frayn read by Martin Jarvis
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Africa is the shape of an African elephant's ear; India that of an Indian elephant. Heathcote Williams's Sacred Elephant (Naxos, 2hrs 30mins, pounds 7.99) tells you of all elephants in fact, fiction and folk lore, and will have you chucking away anything ivory you ever owned and running straight off to the World Wild Life Fund waving your chequebook.

Originally broadcast in the mid 1980s, Jarvis's Frayn (BBC, 2hrs, pounds 7.99) was one of those happy couplings which rapidly became cult listening. Jarvis is the most outstandingly versatile of all audio readers, coping as easily with being all the guests at an Elizabethan cocktail party as with putting over a claustrophobic family car journey. Christina Hardyment

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