The Card

Arnold BENNETT (1867 - 1931)

The ‘Card’ in question is Edward Henry Machin - His mother called him ‘Denry’. This light-hearted story is of his rise from humble beginnings as the son of a washerwoman and sempstress in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, in the pottery towns (which Arnold Bennett christened ‘The Five Towns’) of the English Midlands; how, by his own wits, enterprise and ‘nerve’ he rose to wealth, married bliss and public recognition as the youngest-ever mayor of his home town.

“’And yet,’ demanded Councillor Barlow, ‘what’s he done? What great cause is he identified with?’
‘He’s identified,’ said the speaker, ‘with the great cause of cheering us all up’.” (summary by Andy Minter)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 – The Dance Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:39:05
Play 02 Chapter 2 – The Widow Hullin’s House Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:41:03
Play 03 Chapter 3 – The Pantechnicol Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:44:29
Play 04 Chapter 4 – The Wrecking of a Life Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:36:20
Play 05 Chapter 5 – The Mercantile Marine Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:43:05
Play 06 Chapter 6 – His Burglary Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:39:40
Play 07 Chapter 7 – The Rescuer of Dames Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:40:50
Play 08 Chapter 8 – Raising a Wigwam Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:43:24
Play 09 Chapter 9 – The Great Newspaper War Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:36:39
Play 10 Chapter 10 – His Infamy Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:41:35
Play 11 Chapter 11 – In the Alps Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:41:09
Play 12 Chapter 12 – The Supreme Honour Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:31:02