Goodnight Mister Tom Audio Versions
There is a lovely abridged version of Goodnight Mister Tom read by Patrick Malahide (Penguin Books Limited) but recently I met some blind people and their sighted friends who told me how much they loved the unabridged version, read by actor Christopher Saul (a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company).
Because of their enthusiasm I contacted the RNIB Helpline and was told:
“For those people who are blind, this is available to borrow free of charge from our library to individuals who are unable to read standard print. This can include sight impairment and dyslexia. If there is a student who would benefit from audio books, we ask the parents or the teacher to contact us directly to set up a library account.”
Their library team will then be able to give advice.
The book is also available to buy through them as a DAISY Made to Order CD for £9.99. Click here to buy a copy. Anyone is able to buy the book for themselves, regardless of sight and the profits go to the RNIB!
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley, but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London…
‘A marvellous story that knows how to grab the emotions’ The Guardian
Patrick Malahide has had a distinguished stage career in both classical and contemporary drama. His films include Captain’s Corelli’s Mandolin, Billy Elliot and The World Is Not Enough, but he is probably best known for his television roles in Goodbye Mr Chips, The Singing Detective and Middlemarch.
Abridged by Anne Rees Jones
Produced by Mellie Buse
Music composed by Martin Cook
Running Time Approx: 3 1/2 hours (abridged on CD)
Swedish Audio Version available from:
ßUpplasare : Stefan Ekman
© 1987, Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag A.S., Kebenhavn
En ven i noden (Danish title)
Indtaling: Paul Becker
Oversaettelse: Rose-Marie Tvermoes
Om lydbogen: Ved begyndelsen af 2. verdenskrig bliver Willie, sammen med en maengde andre born fra Londons slumkvarter, flyttet ud pa landet. Willie bliver anbragt hos den ensomme enkemand Tom. Hos Tom moder Willie for forste gang i sit liv venlighed, far lov at spise sig maet, far ordentligt toj pa kroppen og &endash; for forste gang i sit liv sin egen seng. Men en dag sender hans mor bud after ham, og Willie ma, meget mod sin vilje, rejse til London. Dage og uger gar uden at Tom far noget livstegn fra Willie. Til sidst begiver han sig til London for at lede efter ham…
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Goodnight Mister Tom – 8 cassettes
Reader: Oliver Clement
October 1st 1990 : BBC Radio Five
Tom Oakley, an elderly countryman living alone after the death of his wife and child, is known as ‘ a grumpy old man’ to the locals. And he’s none too pleased when in 1939, at the start of the last war, he has a nine-year-old London evacuee named Willie landed on him. But it is a move that will change both their lives. Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom won the 1981 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.
7.20pm Goodnight Mister Tom
The first of a ten-part story, set during the Blitz, by Michelle Magorian.
Reader: David Brierley
David Brierley has appeared in many television programmes but is most notable for being the voice of the robot dog K-9 during the 1979-80 season of the BBC Science Fiction series Doctor Who.
Producer: Peter Fozzard