My book about the Shotley Bridge swordmakers who left Solingen, Germany in 1687 and moved to Shotley Bridge, England is now available as an audiobook.
My third audiobook is narrated by Richard Turner, who has done a grand job of bringing my characters to life and switching between being the gruff Morpeth gaoler and the German swordmaker, Hermann Mohll.
I chose Richard because he spoke fluent German after studying French and German at Cambridge University, and I really liked the subtle German accents he gave the Solingen characters. As part of his studies, he lived for a while in Cologne, which is very near to Solingen. Richard promised me he used to be able to pass as a local in the pubs there, once upon a time…
He has great comic timing and this comes from his history of comedy writing, directing and performing, ranging from the famous Footlights Revue at Cambridge, through to Spitting Image. Richard was the BBC Radio Comedy Script Executive, overseeing scripts for all of the BBC Radio Comedy output, where he developed and has since produced 13 series of the BBC Radio 4 panel show The Museum of Curiosity, which won the Rose D’Or as Europe’s Best Radio Talk Show in 2016.
Richard has a couple of obscure claims to fame: he devised the Beadle’s About UFO prank, which was voted Best TV Stunt Of All Time on Channel 4; and he coined the phrase “International Man Of Mystery” for Mike Myers’ Austin Powers.
If you’d like to listen to a sample of The Running Wolf audiobook, here’s a snippet from a conversation in the forge between Hermann Mohll and his daughter, Liesl.
If you’d like to hear more, you can listen to a longer sample on Audible.