3/5 Marrying in haste and soon repentful, Pearl Buck discovers that writing lets her escape.
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2/5 Pearl Buck's missionary family face violence and famine in early 20th-century China.
1/5 Lindsay Duncan reads from Hilary Spurling's biography of American writer Pearl Buck.
5/5 After her release by the Italian government, how would Violet's family determine her fate?
4/5 Moments after shooting Mussolini, Violet Gibson seemed confused. Was it an act of sanity?
3/5 Mussolini's heroic image enthused his supporters, but Violet Gibson felt differently.
2/5 Why did Violet Gibson, whose quest for spiritual comfort was troubled, shoot Mussolini?
1/5 The story of Violet Gibson, who tried to assassinate Benito Mussolini.
5/5 As Paris is shaken by revolution, Chopin seeks refuge in Scotland.
4/5 Chopin is plagued by ill health and his relationship with George Sand breaks down.
3/5 Chopin and the notorious writer George Sand become lovers.
2/5 The young Chopin becomes one of the most celebrated figures in Parisian society.
1/5 Chopin's prodigious talent as a pianist is recognised early on.
5/5 More trouble for Mac, and Anne's later 'business' with the small Picasso.
4/5 At last, the story of the family's beleaguered TV set.
3/5 Mac leaves for Africa - there's Stone Age Man to track down.
2/5 Mac is made a star contributor of Eagle magazine and his gifts for delusion soar.
1/5 He came into this world as 'the elephant'. Was everyone prepared?
5/5 In 1986, Patti is living in Detroit when she hears bad news about Robert Mapplethorpe.
4/5 In 1975, Patti recorded her debut album Horses, a landmark in rock music.
3/5 In 1969, Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe have moved to the Chelsea Hotel, Brooklyn.
2/5 Patti Smith is hungry, homeless and penniless, until a chance encounter changes her life.
1/5 In 1966, Patti Smith is in South Jersey and seems destined to be a schoolteacher.