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National Storytelling Week: Team Bookends audiobook picks!

To celebrate National Storytelling week which is running from January 29th – February 5th 2022 we’ve rounded up a selection of the best audiobooks narrated by some talented and famous faces. Check out our picks below and find a new story to listen to now:

12 Hours to Say I Love You by Olivia Poulet and Laurence Dobiesz narrated by the authors themselves.

‘Wonderfully romantic’ KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

‘Relatable. Funny. Heartbreaking. Glorious’ DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE


Whir, beep, click, breath. Whir, beep, click, breath.

Pippa Gallagher is rushed in to hospital following a traffic accident.

As Pippa lies unconscious, fragments of the past flash through her mind. The day she met Steve Gallagher, the man who would become the love of her life. The heartbreak she felt tonight as she got into her car, her eyes blurry from tears.

Meanwhile Steve sits at her bedside, his eyes fixed on her pale, still face. He has no idea where his wife was going when she crashed. No clue as to why she became distracted behind the wheel. All he knows is that she is his world. And that he wasn’t there when she needed him most.

For the next twelve hours, Steve tells Pippa all the reasons he loves her.

But is it too late? Can Pippa find her way back to him?

Narrated by the authors, who themselves happen to be a real married couple.


A Haunting at Holkham by Anne Glenconner narrated by Miranda Raison.

The thrilling new novel from the acclaimed author of Murder on Mustique, based on the childhood described in her international best seller Lady in Waiting.

January 1950. Lady Anne Coke, daughter of the fifth earl of Leicester, is in Scunthorpe on a business trip when she is called home after a sudden death in the family. She returns to Holkham Hall to discover a mystery: her beloved grandfather has been found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs with a valuable piece of jewellery in his pocket. No one can find a cause of death, and some even suspect foul play from the ghost who supposedly haunts the house. But Anne’s suspicions are aroused; she grew close to her grandfather when they lived together during the war, and she is determined to discover the truth.

During World War II, Holkham Hall was an army base with large sections out of bounds, and 11-year-old Anne was in the care of a new governess, whom she hated and believed to be deceitful. Although she had been told to stay away from certain parts of the house, Anne used the secret passageways and the cellars to move around unnoticed. And something she saw then could unlock the mystery of her grandfather’s death now….

Full of rich historical detail, this is a gripping novel of wartime secrets, intrigue and deceit.


Anything Could Happen by Lucy Diamond narrated by Sally Phillips

Your big secret is out. What next?

For Lara and her daughter Eliza, it has always been just the two of them. But when Eliza turns eighteen and wants to connect with her father, Lara is forced to admit a secret that she has been keeping from her daughter her whole life.

Eliza needs answers – and so does Lara. Their journey to the truth will take them on a road trip across England and eventually to New York, where it all began. Dreams might have been broken and opportunities missed, but there are still surprises in store….

Anything Could Happen is a warm, wise, funny and uplifting novel about love, second chances and the unexpected and extraordinary paths life can take us down.