1001 Arabian Nights read by Joan Collins; 84 Charing Cross Road read by Rosemary Leach, Frank Finlay and Elizabeth Mansfield
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Joan Collins is more voluptuous than virginal as Shaherazad (sic) in 1001 Arabian Nights (Spartan, 2hrs 30min, pounds 7.99) - but she is just wonderful, a purring panther with a hint of musk. Judging from these lubricious and fantastical tales, the ingenious story-spinner must have had something of a past.

Helene Hanff is a different sort of charmer. The letters between her and the staff of 84 Charing Cross Road (Reed, 3hrs, pounds 7.99) are a classic corres-pondence, full of human warmth and a love of English literature. They work very well read aloud.

Christina Hardyment