And good business. The Talking Book Shop, the country's only specialist shop, opened just a year ago at 11 Wigmore St, London W1. It solves the problem of where you can actually get books on tape (bookshops have a few; record shops have a few; nobody ever seems to have the one you want) and it stocks American releases too (for instance, they have a recording of Nelson Man- dela's A Long Walk to Freedom). Their mail order catalogue (from 071 491 4117) contains 600 titles, but since they estimate that new releases are now appearing at the rate of 50 a month, these are only the highlights.
A few to look out for: l Canongate, a brave Scottish company, has launched an audio section that includes Alastair Gray reading his own tall tales (Some Unlikely Stories, £7.99). Gray's performance is quite an experience in itself.
l Salman Rushdie reads his latest stories, East, West, for Random House Audiobooks (£6.99): it makes enjoyable and enlightening listening.
l Faber & Faber revive their recording tradition with three new releases: Ted Hughes's magnificent voice adds weight to his Thought-Fox and Other Poems; Wendy Cope evokes her own sweet-sad style in Two Cures for Love; Readings features 7 big names that include Larkin, Gunn and Heaney. All at £7.99.
l More lively performance poetry in Grandchildren of Albion: Live on Cassette (to order from New Departures, Piedmont, Stroud, Glos GL6 7BU, £7 plus 75p p&p). Lots of interesting names (Michele Roberts, Jean Binta Breeze, Carol Ann Duffy, Linton Kwesi Johnson) and a companion volume also available.Reuse content