In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words: Letters From History


In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words (Courtesy of The National Archive, Audible, & Bloomsbury) With thanks to Midas PR

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Mays is part of an exciting project from Audible, The National Archives, and Bloomsbury:


Audible, The National Archives, and Bloomsbury today debut In Their Own Words, an exclusive collection of largely unpublished letters from throughout history. Covering centuries of protest, scandal, cultural revolution and technological innovation the series gives audiences an intimate window into the past, documenting momentous events through personal letters from well-known figures and ordinary citizens alike. Bringing together some of the world’s most shocking, funny and poignant writing, the collection spans some 500 years including everything from Catherine Howard’s adulterous love notes, to the letter that marked the start of Nelson Mandela’s trial.

Working with some of Britain’s best loved performers, In Their Own Words has been beautifully brought to life by a BAFTA and Tony award winning cast including Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter), Indira Varma (Game Of Thrones), Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed), Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs), David Haig (Four Weddings & A Funeral), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey) and Rhashan Stone (Desmond’s) amongst others.

Daniel Mays reads the following letters:
Letter from India: K B W Sharland, 26 July 1917, Pashan Camp, Kirkee, India (45:55)
Digging for King and Country: Leonard Woolley and T E Lawrence (1 hr 29 minutes)
Animals and the War effort: GI Joe the hero carrier pigeon (1 hr 52 minutes)
‘Terrible blow this Parliament’: A warning about the Gunpowder Plot (3 hr 45minutes)

Watch behind the scenes video featuring Daniel Mays reading from ‘Terrible blow this Parliament’: A warning about the Gunpowder Plot – written 26th October 1605:

In Their Own Words is available via audiobook worldwide beginning today, 25 August 2016.

Audible UK
Amazon UK
Amazon USA

The hardcover book and kindle version are released in UK bookstores today and in October for the USA.

Listen to Daniel Mays exclusive interview with Audible

Danny Audible

Many thanks to Audible, The National Archive, Bloomsbury, and Midas PR for the kind use of images and information.

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