The British Barbarians

Grant ALLEN (1848 - 1899)


After Civil Servant Philip Christy crosses paths with the mysterious Bertram Ingledew in the respectable suburb of Brackenhurst, Philip and his sister Frida, married to the wealthy Scot Robert Monteith, become friends with the stranger. Bertram has some unconventional concepts about society, and as the story unfolds, his beliefs and actions cause much disruption in the family and the neighbourhood.

Who is Bertram? Where does he come from? Allen explores some interesting ideas about society, some of which are curiously relevant today.

The story is preceded by an introduction which, although it may appear to have no connection with the story itself, the reader is earnestly besought by the author to read. The introduction begins as a diatribe against publishers, and develops into a philosophical justification of Allen's writing, and may, if desired, be omitted by the listener who is only interested in the story. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

Genre(s): Romance, Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Introduction Ruth Golding
00:23:17
Play 01 01 - Chapter I Ruth Golding
00:27:26
Play 02 02 - Chapter II Ruth Golding
00:28:32
Play 03 03 - Chapter III Ruth Golding
00:08:53
Play 04 04 - Chapter IV Ruth Golding
00:38:46
Play 05 05 - Chapter V Ruth Golding
00:27:39
Play 06 06 - Chapter VI Ruth Golding
00:19:31
Play 07 07 - Chapter VII Ruth Golding
00:17:03
Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII Ruth Golding
00:33:05
Play 09 09 - Chapter IX Ruth Golding
00:20:37
Play 10 10 - Chapter X Ruth Golding
00:25:04
Play 11 11 - Chapter XI Ruth Golding
00:15:40
Play 12 12 - Chapter XII Ruth Golding
00:07:26
Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII Ruth Golding
00:09:31