Esteemed British actress Miriam Margolyes clearly relishes the chance to read St Clair’s yeasted-up prose (“I will cross out the fluid and rotting meat,” she notes wryly). Margolyes can do James’ pompous, effete acolytes, and the ferocious desperation of James himself. An entertaining, thought-provoking historical novel beautifully read.
"Any audiobook of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland must concede ground, if not early defeat, to the book's enchantment with the printed page..........The vital thing for audio is to catch Alice's childlike grown-upness, her constancy against the odds (her blanched composure in Tenniel's illustrations). Among the many available audio versions - the oddest being those with male narrators - it is only Miriam Margolyes who really registers that while the story was originally written for a child, the child in the story must be treated as an equal.
Julian Fellowes finds me revolting - and I think Downton's vulgar! She doesn't give a damn who she upsets. JANE FRYER meets the delightfully dotty Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes loves retirement in India, hates being called a celebrity The actress talks about her new series The Real Marigold Hotel and life in India
From the outset we are assured the title of the show is a cheeky reference to one of the great literature loves of her life, Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Miriam reveals a fascinating insight into her love of literature and its characters, along with those things that matter to her most – her parents, her friends and her work...
Margolyes, at last, in full, fruity flight, her soft face and clipped, Oxfordian vowels transformed utterly into Dickensian grotesquerie that, nevertheless, remains ineffably human. This is just one of Margolyes’ great gifts as a performer but it is, probably, the one that most marks her out as one of the great actors of her generation
The Importance of Being Miriam is a showcase of Margolyes’ incredible skills as an actress, mimic, comedian and storyteller and, through a series of her personal tales and observations, we are introduced to a warm and charming personality.
Winning us over with her delightfully self-effacing candour, Margolyes holds court in a gently endearing manner, allowing the stories and excerpts to work their wonder.
If she isn't the best storyteller in the world, she's certainly up there with the best