Oxford DNB (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography) free podcast (mp3) downloading

1. Wartime lives

Wilfred Owen, poet > listen to or download Wilfred Owen’s biography

Nella Last > listen to or download Nella Last’s biography

Flora MacDonald, Jacobite heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape > listen to or download Flora MacDonald’s biography

Edward Harrison, army officer and inventor of the gas mask > listen to or download Edward Harrison’s biography

Lord Haw-Haw, fascist and propaganda broadcaster > listen to or download Lord Haw-Haw’s biography

John Simpson Kirkpatrick, war hero at Gallipoli, known as the ‘Man with the Donkey’ > listen to or download John Simpson Kirkpatrick’s biography

The Unknown Warrior, the First World War soldier buried at Westminster Abbey > listen to or download the biography of The Unknown Warrior

John Travers Cornwell, boy naval hero and Victoria Cross holder (1916) > listen to or download John Travers Cornwell’s biography

Edith Cavell, nurse and First World War war heroine > listen to or download Edith Cavell’s biography

Jack Crawford, sailor and naval hero > listen to or download Jack Crawford’s biography

Christian Fletcher, royalist heroine > listen to or download Christian Fletcher’s biography

Albert Ball, WW1 airman and VC holder > listen to or download Albert Ball’s biography

Hannah Snell, 18th-cent. female soldier > listen to or download Hannah Snell’s biography

2. Criminal lives

The Kray brothers, criminals > listen to or download the Kray brothers’s biographies

Catherine Ferrers, alleged highwaywoman > listen to or download Catherine Ferrers’s biography

Friar Tuck, legendary outlaw and one of Robin Hood’s ‘Merrie Men’ > listen to or download Friar Tuck’s biography

Harold Davidson, Church of England clergyman and circus performer > listen to or download Harold Davidson’s biography

Bogo de Clare, medieval churchman and figure of scandal > listen to or download Bogo de Clare’s biography

Dr Crippen, murderer > listen to or download Dr Crippen’s biography

Princess Caraboo, nineteenth-century impostor > listen to or download Princess Caraboo’s biography

Alan May, physicist and Soviet spy > listen to or download Alan May’s biography

Moll Cutpurse, thief > listen to or download Moll Cutpurse’s biography

Guy Fawkes, conspirator > listen to or download Guy Fawkes’s biography

3. Stage and screen

Ian Dury, popular singer, songwriter, and actor > listen to or download Ian Dury’s biography

Cary Grant, actor > listen to or download Cary Grant’s biography

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, comedians and popular entertainers > listen to or download the Morecambe and Wise podcast

Alistair Cooke, broadcaster and writer > listen to or download Alistair Cooke’s biography

Aldwyn Roberts, calypso singer > listen to or download Aldwyn Roberts’s biography

Fanny Cradock, television chef > listen to or download Fanny Cradock’s biography

Jacqueline Du Pré, cellist > listen to or download Jacqueline Du Pré’s biography

Jimi Hendrix, rock musician > listen to or download Jimi Hendrix’s biography

George Harrison, musician and composer, of the Beatles > listen to or download George Harrison’s biography

Madame Tussaud, founder of London’s waxworks exhibition > listen to or download Madame Tussaud’s biography

Maurice Gibb, singer and songwriter, of the Bee Gees > listen to or download Maurice Gibb’s biography

Thora Hird, actress > listen to or download Thora Hird’s biography

Eric Thompson, actor and creator of the Magic Roundabout > listen to or download Eric Thompson’s biography

Lotte Berk, dancer and fitness trainer > listen to or download Lotte Berk’s biography

John Lennon, musician, composer, and political activist > listen to or download John Lennon’s biography

John Peel, broadcaster > listen to or download John Peel’s biography

Freddie Mercury, singer and song-writer > listen to or download Freddie Mercury’s biography

Audrey Hepburn, film actress > listen to or download Audrey Hepburn’s biography

Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz musician and broadcaster > listen to or download Humphrey Lyttelton’s biography

4. Literary lives

Christopher Isherwood, writer > listen to or download Christopher Isherwood’s biography

William Minor, military surgeon, asylum inmate, and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary > listen to or download William Minor’s biography

Olaudah Equiano, author and slavery abolitionist > listen to or download Olaudah Equiano’s biography

George Orwell, political writer and essayist > listen to or download George Orwell’s biography

J. R. R. Tolkien, writer and philologist > listen to or download J. R. R. Tolkien’s biography

Angela Carter, writer > listen to or download Angela Carter’s biography

James Murray, first editor of the Oxford English Dictionary > listen to or download James Murray’s biography

Ian Fleming, writer and creator of James Bond > listen to or download Ian Fleming’s biography

Alice Liddell, prototype of the character Alice (in Wonderland) > listen to or download Alice Liddell’s biography

Mills and Boon, romantic publishers > listen to or download the Mills and Boon podcast

Roger Hargreaves, children’s author and creator of the Mr Men and Little Miss books > listen to or download Roger Hargreaves’s biography

Helene Hanff, writer and Anglophile in the USA (84 Charing Cross Road) > listen to or download Helene Hanff’s biography

Dee Wells, journalist > listen to or download Dee Wells’s biography

Barbara Cartland, romantic novelist > listen to or download Barbara Cartland’s biography

Vita Sackville-West, writer and gardener > listen to or download Vita Sackville-West’s biography

Roald Dahl, writer > listen to or download Roald Dahl’s biography

Philip Larkin, poet, writer, and librarian > listen to or download Philip Larkin’s biography

Douglas Adams, writer > listen to or download Douglas Adams’s biography

Mary Wesley, novelist > listen to or download Mary Wesley’s biography

Sir Allen Lane, publisher > listen to or download Allen Lane’s biography

Malcolm Bradbury, writer and literary scholar > listen to Malcolm Bradbury’s biography

Ignatius Sancho, author > listen to or download Ignatius Sancho’s biography

Vera Brittain, writer > listen to or download Vera Brittain’s biography

P. G. Wodehouse, writer > listen to or download P. G. Wodehouse’s biography

Agatha Christie, writer > listen to or download Agatha Christie’s biography

5. Political lives

Sir Gordon Reece, public relations consultant who created Mrs Thatcher’s image > listen to or download Sir Gordon Reece’s biography

Paul Robeson, US actor, singer, and political activist > listen to or download Paul Robeson’s biography

Denis Thatcher, prime ministerial consort > listen to or download Denis Thatcher’s biography

Mo Mowlam, New Labour politician > listen to or download Mo Mowlam’s biography

John Profumo, politician and social worker > listen to or download John Profumo’s biography

Nancy Astor, society hostess and politician >listen to or download Nancy Astor’s biography

Emily Davison, suffragette >listen to or download Emily Davison’s biography

6. Science and invention

George Hersee, television engineer > listen to or download George Hersee’s biography

Charles Rolls, motor car promoter and aviator; Sir Henry Royce, engineer and motor car designer > listen to or download Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce’s biographies

William Bowler, hatter and inventor of the bowler hat > listen to or download William Bowler’s biography

George Bennie, inventor of the railplane > listen to or download George Bennie’s biography

Forrest Mars, the man behind the Mars Bar > listen to or download Forrest Mars’s biography

Anne Darwin, daughter of Charles Darwin and subject of experiments into human behaviour > listen to or download Anne Darwin’s biography

Charles Macintosh, inventor of mackintosh waterproof fabrics > listen to or download Charles Macintosh’s biography

Percy Shaw, inventor of cats-eye road studs > listen to or download Percy Shaw’s biography

Charles Isham, bringer of garden gnomes to England > listen to or download Charles Ishams’s biography

John Logie Baird, inventor of television > listen to or download John Logie Baird’s biography

Alexander Fleming, bacteriologist and discoverer of penicillin > listen to or download Alexander Fleming’s biography

Rosalind Franklin, crystallographer > listen to or download Rosalind Franklin’s biography

Reginald Mitchell, aircraft designer > listen to or download Reginald Mitchell’s biography

William Morris, automobile manufacturer > listen to or download William Morris’s biography

7. Explorers and pioneers

Captain Scott, naval officer and Antarctic explorer > listen to or download Captain Scott’s biography

Captain Oates, Antarctic explorer on Scott’s 1912 expedition > listen to or download Captain Oates’s biography

Constance Markievicz, Irish republican and first woman elected to UK parliament > listen to or download Constance Markievicz’s biography

Victoria Woodhull, women’s rights campaigner and first female presidential candidate in the United States of America > listen to or download Victoria Woodhull’s biography

Phyllis Pearsall, map publisher and creator of the London A to Z > listen to or download Phyllis Pearsall’s biography

Pocahontas, Algonquian Indian princess > listen to or download Pocahontas’s biography

Deen Mahomed, nineteenth-century founder of Britain’s first curry house > listen to or download Deen Mahomed’s biography

Amy Johnson, international aviator > listen to or download Amy Johnson’s biography

Fanny Coker, freed slave commemorated in Bristol > listen to or download Fanny Coker’s biography

Lola Montez, adventuress in Latin America > listen to or download Lola Montez’s biography

Pasqua Rosee, founder of London’s first coffee-house, 1656 > listen to or download Pasqua Rosee’s biography

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, civil engineer > listen to or download Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s biography

James Blyth, electrical engineer and university teacher > listen to or download James Blyth’s biography

8. Sporting lives

Stanley Matthews, football player > listen to or download Stanley Matthew’s biography

Matthew Webb, first person to swim the English Channel > listen to or download Matthew Webb’s biography

Robert Dover, organizer of the Cotswold Olimpick games from 1612 > listen to or download Robert Dover’s biography

The Busby Babes, Manchester United footballers and victims of the Munich air crash > listen to or download the Busby Babes podcast

Fred Perry, tennis player > listen to or download Fred Perry’s biography

Bobby Moore, footballer and captain of England, 1966 > listen to or download Bobby Moore’s biography

Barry Sheene, racing motorcyclist > listen to or download Barry Sheene’s biography

Charles Blondin, tightrope walker > listen to or download Charles Blondin’s biography

Douglas Jardine, cricketer > listen to or download Douglas Jardine’s biography

George Best, footballer > listen to or download George Best’s biography

Alf Ramsey, footballer and football manager > listen to or download Alf Ramsey’s biography

Brian Clough, football manager > listen to or download Brian Clough’s biography

9. One-offs

St Godric, trader and hermit > listen to or download St Godric’s biography

Abram Lyle, shipowner and sugar refiner > listen to or download Abram Lyle’s biography

Diana, princess of Wales > listen to or download Diana’s biography

Dick Whittington, merchant and mayor of London > listen to or download Dick Whittington’s biography

 

Margaret Clitherow, Roman Catholic martyr > listen to or download Margaret Clitherow’s biography

Pannonica de Koenigswarter, musical patron > listen to or download Pannonica de Koenigswarter’s biography

Thomas Barnardo, philanthropist and founder of Dr Barnardo’s Homes > listen to or download Thomas Barnardo’s biography

Mary Whitehouse, schoolteacher and campaigner > listen to or download Mary Whitehouse’s biography

Anita Roddick, businesswoman >listen to or download Anita Roddick’s biography

Hadrian, Roman emperor > listen to or download Hadrian’s biography

Elizabeth Fry, penal reformer and philanthropist > listen to or download Elizabeth Fry’s biography

Mervyn Griffith-Jones, barrister and judge > listen to or download Mervyn Griffith-Jones’s biography

Edward Smith, captain of the Titanic > listen to or download Edward Smith’s biography

Nellie Boxall, cook and servant to Virginia Woolf > listen to or download Nellie Boxall’s biography

Francis Bacon, painter > listen to or download Francis Bacon’s biography

Billy Butlin, fairground proprietor and founder of holiday camps > listen to or download Billy Butlin’s biography

Elizabeth Pepys, wife of diarist Samuel Pepys > listen to or download Elizabeth Pepys’s biography

Boudicca, queen of the Iceni > listen to or download Boudicca’s biography

Thomas Parr, seventeenth-century centenarian, known as Old Parr > listen to or download Thomas Parr’s biography

Bunny Roger, couturier, socialite, and man of fashion > listen to or download Bunny Roger’s biography

Sidney Bloom, London restaurateur > listen to or download Sidney Bloom’s biography

Nell Gwyn, actress and royal mistress > listen to or download Nell Gwyn’s biography

Anthony Blunt, art historian and spy > listen to or download Anthony Blunt’s biography

Elizabeth Shackleton, diarist > listen to or download Elizabeth Shackleton’s biography

Alice Ayres, domestic servant and heroine > listen to or download Alice Ayres’s biography

James Graham, quack > listen to or download James Graham’s biography

Wallace Hartley, musician and bandleader on the RMS Titanic > listen to or download Wallace Hartley’s biography

Thomas Farriner, baker > listen to or download Thomas Farriner’s biography

Walter Dew > listen to or download Walter Dew’s biography

John Brown, Queen Victoria’s servant > listen to or download John Brown’s biography

Wallis Windsor (Mrs Simpson), duchess of Windsor > listen to or download Wallis Windsor’s biography

Albert Osman, pigeon racer > listen to or download Albert Osman’s biography

10. Mystery and fictitious lives

Britannia, allegory of a nation, emblem of empire, and patriotic icon > listen to or download Britannia’s biography

The Sutton Hoo burial > listen to or download the Sutton Hoo burial podcast

Piltdown Man, archaeological hoax > listen to or download the Piltdown Man podcast

Spring-Heeled Jack, nineteenth-century mystery assailant > listen to or download the Spring-Heeled Jack podcast

Lindow Man, archaeological discovery, known as the ‘Body in the Bog’ > listen to or download the Lindow Man podcast

John Bull, fictitious epitomist of Englishness and British imperialism > listen to or download John Bull’s biography

Elizabeth Parsons, [called the Cock Lane Ghost],impostor > listen to or download Elizabeth Parsons’s biography

Sweeney Todd, legendary murderer and barber > listen to or download Sweeney Todd’s biography

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