This Book at Bedtime takes us back two centuries to a summer when the south coast of England daily feared invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the early 1800s and, on the Wessex Downs a few miles inland from the sea, a pretty young girl is captivated by the hustle and bustle of a regiment setting up camp. This is Anne Garland, heroine of The Trumpet Major, which charts her path to true love past all the obstacles that thoughtless and unscrupulous young men can put in her way.
Writer: Thomas Hardy
Reader: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Abridger & Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Dives And Lazarus by Vaughan Williams & performed by The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conducted by Sir Neville Marriner