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Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with the continuation of the Time Machine by H.G Wells. You can listen to the first chapters in Episode 9 published on March 20th. In this episode, the Time Traveller arrives in 802,701 AD. The Earth is a garden and inhabited by a society of small, indolent people. If you like this episode, please remember to follow …
 
Need help drifting off to sleep? Settle in with tonight's bedtime story - Afterward by Edith Wharton. This short story was first published in 1910. Mary and Ned Boyne move from America to the village of Lyng in Dorsetshire. Enjoying their new wealth, they joked that they wanted an old house with a ghost. Be careful what you wish for... If you like …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Published in 1856, the book was considered immoral and the author was put on trial by the French government. In this episode, Charles Bovary goes to school for the first time and then medical school. Years later, he meets Emma, the daughter of a patient with a broken leg. His wife isn't …
 
Struggling to fall asleep? Drift off to two chilling tales by Edgar Allan Poe - The Cask of Amontillado and the Masque of the Red Death. Published in 1846 and 1842 respectively, these stories show the master of horror at his finest. In the Cask of Amontillado, a man takes revenge on his "friend" in the catacombs. In the Masque of the Red Death, Pri…
 
Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov, a short story to help you fall asleep. First published in 1899, this story unfolds the relationship between a cynical, older, married man and young, married woman while vacationing in Yalta. It is considered, by some, to be the greatest short story ever written. If you lik…
 
Struggling to fall asleep? Drift off to our first spooky tale for the Halloween season, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. A novella published in 1898, this ghost story has been adapted numerous times on tv (including the Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix) and on stage. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcast…
 
Tonight's sleep story is the continuation of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In this episode, the apothecary visits Jane after the events in the red room. Also, Mr Brocklehurst meets Jane for the first time. If you want to listen to the first chapters, you can find them in Episode 11 published on the 27th March. If you like this episode, please reme…
 
Drift off to sleep with tonight's reading of the opening chapter of The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit. Published in 1904, it is part of a series of books following the adventures of siblings Anthea, Jane, Cyril, Robert, and the Lamb. In this episode, the children "test" some fireworks indoors and their parents buy a new carpet. Inside the …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. This novel was first published in 1864 in French and then in 1871 in English. In this episode, Axel and his uncle Otto Liedenbrock try to decipher the code from a note discovered in an old manuscript. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple P…
 
Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with Aladdin, a folk tale to help you fall asleep. You know this tale of a boy and his magic lamp. But this isn't quite like the Disney version. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Also, share with any family or friends that might have trouble…
 
Having trouble distracting your active mind before bed? Relax tonight with two short stories by Guy de Maupassant: The Necklace and A Piece of String. Guy wrote more than 300 short stories in his short lifetime and these are two of his most popular. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite po…
 
Drift off tonight to two tales featuring Snow White: Little Snow White and Snow White & Rose Red. The first story is the most familiar with Snow White, an evil stepmother, and a chatty mirror. The second story features another Snow White, her sister, and an ungrateful dwarf. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podc…
 
Tonight's sleep story is the Blue Cross, A Father Brown short story from the book the Innocence of Father Brown by G.K Chesterton. Published in 1910, it is the first appearance of Father Brown who is featured in over 50 short stories by Chesterton. In this episode, Valentin, the famous French detective, is searching for the criminal Flambeau in Lon…
 
Fall asleep tonight to the opening chapter of Silas Marner by George Eliot. This is the third novel by George Eliot and was published in 1861. In this episode, Silas Marner is accused of stealing money from a dying deacon in his church. His faith shaken, Silas moves to the village of Raveloe. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on S…
 
Struggling to fall asleep? Settle down with The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. This is the first story in the collection of children's stories published in 1888. A swallow is the messenger for the Happy Prince statue that can see the poverty and suffering in his town. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is the continuation of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. You can listen to the first chapters in our episode #18 released on the 22nd April. This classic Canadian novel was published in 1908. It follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, a red-haired orphan girl, mistakenly sent to the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Isl…
 
Tonight's sleep story is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Published in 1899, this novel is considered by many to be a landmark work of early feminism. In this episode, Edna Pontellier starts to feel uneasy about her life while on vacation. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Al…
 
Feeling stressed? Relax tonight with the Sherlock Holmes story, A Scandal in Bohemia, by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is one of the stories in the collection of twelve stories called "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." In this episode, Dr Watson joins Sherlock in the quest to retrieve an indiscreet photograph for the King of Bohemia. If you like this …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Published in 1925, this is one of Woolf's best known novels. In this episode, Clarissa Dalloway walks to the flower shop on Bond Street while thinking of her past. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite podcast app. Also, share with…
 
Fall asleep tonight to the opening chapters of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Published in 1874, this was Hardy's first literary success. In this episode, Farmer Gabriel Oak helps the woman with black hair and a red jacket with her toll and later sees her again, late at night while tending his sheep. If you like this episode, please re…
 
We're so happy to present our 50th episode! Drift off to sleep tonight to the opening chapters of the Invisible Man by H.G Wells. This story was published in 1897 and helped establish Wells as the "father of science fiction." There have been a number of film adaptations, most recently in 2020. In this episode, the stranger arrives at the "Coach and…
 
Tonight's sleep story, The Quest Of The Hammer by Abbie Farwell Brown, features Loki - the Norse god of mischief. This story was published in the book In the Days of Giants: A Book of Norse Tales in 1902. Thor's hammer is missing. Did Loki steal it? If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favourite po…
 
Tonight's snoozy tale is the Million Pound Bank Note by Mark Twain. This short story was published in 1893. Two wealthy brothers in Victorian London spot a down on his luck American man and make a bet. If he is given a million pound bank note, can he survive an entire month without spending it? If you like this episode, please remember to follow on…
 
Fall asleep tonight to the opening chapters of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This book was published in 1811. It follows the romance and heartbreak of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood in the late 1700s. In this episode, John Dashwood, their half brother, decides on how much assistance he can " reasonably afford" to give to his sisters who have …
 
Tonight's sleep story is Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Walden; or, Life in the Woods was published in 1854. In this episode, we read the second chapter "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For". Part of this chapter was quoted in the film Dead Poets' Society. If you like this episode, please remember to follow on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favou…
 
Drift off tonight to two tales featuring cats: Puss in Boots and Dick Whittington and His Cat. You have probably encountered the Puss in Boots character on the Shrek movie series as well as his own movie in 2011. There are a number of versions of this tale but all feature a very clever cat that uses trickery to help his master. If you like this epi…
 
Tonight's story to help you sleep is the continuation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland also known as Alice in Wonderland. You can listen to the first chapters in our episode #6 released on the 10th March. In this episode, Alice has grown very large and is stuck in W Rabbit's house. Later, she meets the hookah smoking caterpillar.…
 
Fall asleep tonight to the opening chapters of the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This book was published in 1911 and is considered one of the best children's novels of the 20th century. In this episode, Mary Lennox is forgotten amid the chaos of the cholera outbreak in her home. If you like this episode, please follow the podcast in you…
 
Tonight's bedtime story for adults is the continuation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. You can find the first part published on the 18th April. This Gothic novella was first published in 1886. In this episode, Mr. Utterson learns of the death of his client Sir Danvers Carew and Mr. Hyde's involvement in the…
 
Drift off to sleep tonight with The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc. You might have seen the series on Netflix inspired by the character Arsene Lupin. This first story, the Arrest of Arsene Lupin, was first published in 1905. The enigmatic Arsene Lupin is on a steamer heading to New York. He is travell…
 
Tonight's sleep story is the continuation of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. You can find Chapter 1 in episode 14 of the podcast. Published in 1925, the novel depicts narrator Nick Carraway's interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby's obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan. In this episode, Nick me…
 
Tonight's snoozy tale is the fairytale Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault also known as The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods. There are a number of versions of this tale dating back to the 1300s. This version might be a little different from the one that you remember from your childhood. If you like this episode, please follow the podcast in your favo…
 
Tonight's sleep story is the Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This short story was published in 1922. You may have watched the 2008 movie adaptation with Brad Pitt! The story starts with Roger Button rushing to the hospital to discover, shockingly, that his newborn son has the appearance and speech of a 70 year old man. If yo…
 
Drift off to sleep with tonight's reading of the classic children's story, The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit. First published in book form in 1906, this story has been adapted for radio, tv, and the stage numerous times. In this first chapter, Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis are surprised when their perfect life is shattered when their father is tak…
 
Tonight's bedtime story is a continuation of A Study in Scarlet: a Sherlock Holmes tale by Arthur Conan Doyle. Published in 1887, this novel is the first appearance of the detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. In this episode, Watson and Sherlock visit and inspect the scene of the crime at Lauriston Gardens. The mystery has begun! You …
 
Tonight's story to help you sleep is Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. Published in 1889, it is a humorous account of a two week boating trip on the Thames. In this episode, the narrator, his two friends, and his dog decide to embark on the holiday because they are so "overworked". If you like this episode, please follow the podcast in your f…
 
Tonight's bedtime story is the Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Published in 1859, it is a mystery novel often considered one of the 100 greatest novels of all time. In this episode, Walter Hartright tells how he comes to be employed by the Fairlies of Limmeridge House. Later, he meets the woman in white. If you like this episode, please follow th…
 
Fall into a deep sleep tonight with the old English fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. There a number of versions of this tale. This version was retold by Flora Annie Steel and published in 1918. If you like this episode, please follow the podcast in your favourite app. Also, share with any family or friends that might have trouble drifting off to…
 
Drift off tonight to the opening chapters of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. This social novel was published in 1854. In this episode, Margaret spends the last few days in London preparing for the wedding of her cousin Edith. She then returns home to Helstone and struggles a little with her new home life. If you like this episode, please foll…
 
Tonight's sleepy tale is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Wuthering Heights is Emily's only book, published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. In this episode, Mr Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, visits Heathcliff during a snowstorm and meets the "amiable" inhabitants. If you like this episode, please follow the podcast in you…
 
Tonight's snoozy tale is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Published in 1877, this book was her only published work. It is one of the first English novels to be written from the perspective of an animal. In this episode, Black Beauty recounts his early days on a farm with his mother, his breaking in and, his first new home. If you like this episode, ple…
 
Drift off to sleep tonight with The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and, The Tale of the Two Bad Mice, all from the Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Goodnight and Sweet Dreams.…
 
Tonight's sleep story is Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. Published in 1726, it is the story of Lemuel Gulliver, "First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships". In this episode, Gulliver recounts the early years of his life and what happened when he was shipwrecked and washed ashore in Lilliput, a land of tiny people. If you like this …
 
Tonight's story to help you fall asleep is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. This American classic was published in 1911. Set in a fictitious town in Massachusetts, it reveals the past of the "most striking figure in Starkfield", Ethan Frome. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the …
 
Tonight's bedtime story (or stories!) are the Ugly Duckling and the Emperor's New Clothes, both fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Goodnight and Sweet Dreams.... We are also now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustSleepPod an…
 
Tonight's story to help you fall asleep is Chapter 2 of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This classic children's book was published in 1908. It follows the adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. In this episode, Mole meets Toad and they all go on an adventure in a canary coloured cart. If you like this episode, please leave a review …
 
Tonight's bedtime tale is Persuasion by Jane Austen. This was her final completed novel published in 1817 after her death. In this episode, we are introduced to the Elliots and learn about their financial troubles. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Goodnight and S…
 
Tonight's snoozy tale is The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. This book was first published in 1922. It follows the tale of a stuffed rabbit and his desire to become real. Sweet Dreams.... If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. We are also now on Twitter: https://…
 
Tonight's sleepy story is the War of the Worlds by H.G Wells. This science fiction classic was first published in 1897. In this episode, the narrator witnesses the explosions on the surface of Mars, and then, the Thing lands on Horsell Common. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow…
 
Drift off to sleep with tonight's reading of two short stories by Oscar Wilde - The Remarkable Rocket and the Selfish Giant. These stories come from a collection first published in 1888. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Goodnight and Sweet Dreams.... We are also …
 
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