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Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travelers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is widely considered Swift's magnum opus and is his most celebrated work, as well as one of the indisputable classics of English literature. (Summary from Wikipedia)
 
Comprised of four parts, Gulliver’s Travels documents the bizarre, yet fascinating voyages of Lemuel Gulliver as he makes his way through several uncharted destinations, experiencing the lives of the small, the giant, the scientific, and downright eccentric societies. Narrated in first person, Swift successfully portrays Gulliver’s thoughts and reactions as he faces struggles of integration throughout his travels. Beginning with the introduction of Gulliver, an educated ship’s surgeon, who a ...
 
If you've never heard the term “Mathematical Fiction” before, Edwin Abbott Abbott's 1884 novella, Flatland can certainly enlighten you! Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions was published in 1884 and since then, it has been discovered and re-discovered by succeeding generations who have been delighted by its unique view of society and people. The plot opens with a description of the fictional Flatland. The narrator calls himself “Square” and asks readers to “Imagine a vast sheet of paper on ...
 
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We are back with this version of the first part of the epic that is Gulliver's Travels! Did you know that Gullivers Travels was written by an Irishman, and an Irish priest at that! Did you also know that it was first published all the way back in 1726?! That makes my head hurt! The story has been retold in various versions thousands upon thousands …
 
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 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 …
 
I am so delighted to finally bring you this story from Poland! I found the most wonderful book of Polish folk tales accompanied by absolutely beautiful and really unique illustrations in the style of paper cut-outs. These are a form of polish folk-art and are made simply with paper and a pair of scissors, and the imagination, skill, and dexterity o…
 
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…
 
Welcome to another story from the Land of Nod! Today's story is another classic from the brother's Grimm and was collected in the first volume of Children's and Household Tales all the way back in 1812! It was actually the first of three stories about rascals of elves and if you keep an eye out you might just find another one down the line! The bea…
 
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…
 
Im sure you've heard of this story before! But did you know that in the original account it was 10 whole years of battle before the Greeks came up with the genius idea of using a sneaky trick to get into the city of Troy? Did you also know that there is real evidence to show us that the city of Troy did indeed burn to the ground at one stage- so ma…
 
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.…
 
This classic comes from the master himself, the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, it was published 1837, and has been translated into more than 100 languages! Andersen's tale is based on a 1335 story from a medieval Spanish collection, and so we see that some of the best stories in the world are those that are recycled over and over again! We …
 
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…
 
In this wonderful parable, we return to ethereal Japan! I found this story really interesting from the first read several months ago and it stayed in my mind. The tale tells us of a poor man who quite literally buys a dream from his friend, hoping it will bring him his fortune. The story appears in many different forms all over the world and has mo…
 
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…
 
Aloha! Today we have the privilege of traveling to one of the most beautiful places in the world-Hawaii! Hawaii is an ancient place with wonderful ancient stories of how the islands came into being, with its landscape being forged by the mighty gods themselves. The four main gods (Akua) are Ku, Kane, Lono, and Kanaloa. Then there are many lesser go…
 
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…
 
This week we return to the majestic continent of Africa, and find a very funny and entertaining little tale! I found this wonderful story in a lovely old book of myths and legends from Africa, but it is mysterious in its original exact origins, and like some of the best stories, it might have traveled around quite a bit! It is common in stories fro…
 
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 …
 
Drift off to sleep with tonight's reading of the classic fairy tale, Thumbelina, from Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale collection. This story was first published in 1835 in Denmark. Follow the tiny girl's encounters with toads, beetles, and a mole. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply…
 
We are back and with a bang!! Thank you all so much for joining us for season three! This season we start off with the epic tale of Thomas the Rhymer, also known as True Thomas, or Thomas of Erclidoune! Unlike some of our wild and wonderful characters, Thomas the Rhymer was a real person! He lived in a town which is now called Earlston, in the Scot…
 
Tonight's story to help you fall asleep is 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 Rat for the first time and has his first excursion in a boat. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on yo…
 
Tonight's bedtime story for adults is Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. 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 Island. In this episode, Rachel Lynde, the Cuthberts' nosey neighbour, finds out that they are a…
 
Tonight's bedtime story for adults is The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. This Gothic novella was first published in 1886. In this episode, Mr. Utterson learns unsettling information about Mr. Hyde from his friend Mr. Enfield. He then begins his investigation. If you like this episode, please leave a review or ratin…
 
Tonight's story to help you sleep is the Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. This second and last novel by Anne Brontë was published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell. In this episode, Gilbert Markham writes to his friend about his first hearing about and meeting the enigmatic Mrs Graham. If you like this episode, please leave a review or …
 
Tonight's sleep story is the well-known fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. There are so many versions of this bedtime story. This version is taken from the Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, published in 1889. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Goodnight and Sweet Drea…
 
Tonight's sleep story is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 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 joins Daisy and Tom for dinner and meets the aloof Jordan Baker. If you lik…
 
To wrap up the second season of stories we return back home to Ireland to meet the King of the Leprechauns! This is a hilarious glimpse into the world of the REAL Leprechauns, and they might be a little more feisty and mischievous than you think! This beautiful story brings us into the fabled world of Faoilinn, where everything is perfectly well pr…
 
Tonight's bedtime story is 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 meets Sherlock for the first time and, later, learns about his powers of deduction. If you like this episode, please leav…
 
Tonight's sleep story is Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Published in 1837, this social novel explores the themes of poverty, class and injustice in 19th century England. 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:…
 
This week we travel to the wondrous country that is China! For more than half of the people on earth, rice is life. Every third person on earth eats rice every day in one form or another. It is the grain that has shaped the history, culture, diet, and economy of BILLIONS of people of Asia for hundreds and hundreds of years! This Taoist legend is al…
 
Tonight's sleep story is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Published in 1847, it was one of the most famous romance novels of all time. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Sweet Dreams.... We are also now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustSleepPod and Instagram: http…
 
I read so many stories in preparation for this week’s podcast and I was so struck by the beauty of these stories from the ancient Americas. The reoccurring themes of the elements of nature, the wind, water, earth, and the sky, their faith in the natural world, and their knowledge of it were incredible. Their stories are full of respect for the worl…
 
How could we not do it on today of all days?! This day is so special here in Ireland and all over the world!It always amazes me how one tiny country has managed to spread its story so far and wide and that so many millions of people identify as or with Irishness. The message has been helped in no small part by one of our Patron saints, and this is …
 
Tonight's bedtime story is The Time Machine by H.G Wells. Drift off to the first two chapters of the story. The Time Machine is a science fiction novella published in 1895. If you like this episode, please leave a review or rating on your favourite podcast app or, simply, follow the podcast. Sweet Dreams....…
 
St.Patrick's Day Bonus episode! This really is the strangest and funniest tale- and I remember these names sticking in my head when I was a kid! I could find many versions of this story but little information on where it came from- it is as mysterious as the characters themselves! I love how it describes the more traditional idea of what a leprecha…
 
The Fianna was a mighty group of warriors that guarded Ireland for the high king, who lived at Tara. There are many, many stories about the Fianna, and we have met Fionn before, in the tale of how the Giants Causeway was created! Today's story tells us how another brave deed leads to Fionn becoming the leader of the Fianna, like his father before h…
 
Aw! Beautiful Japan! Ive always wanted to go to Japan and this story hasn't helped in these lockdown times! Everything about this story is beautiful- the names, the descriptions, the story itself! Lonely Osamu helps a poor injured bird, and is greatly rewarded in unexpected ways, but will his curiosity be his downfall? This might just be my favouri…
 
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