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  1. The Land Where Lemons Grow

    Helena Attlee explores why citrus holds a special place in the Italian imagination

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  2. B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World

    By Deyan Sudjic. An essential tool kit for understanding the modern world

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  3. Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

    By Thomas Brothers. Account of the life and legacy of the influential musical artist.

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  4. The Unexpected Professor

    Academic and reviewer John Carey looks back on a life in and around books.

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  5. A Spy Among Friends

    Ben Macintyre tells the story of notorious British defector and Soviet mole Kim Philby

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  6. Free at Last - The Benn Diaries 1991 to 2001

    Tony Benn reads from his political diaries covering the years from 1991 to 2001

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  7. A Sense of Direction

    Author Gideon Lewis-Kraus sets out on a series of global pilgrimages

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  8. The Fun Stuff

    Collection of essays by literary critic James Wood

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  9. 12 Years a Slave

    Memoir of a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South in 1841

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  10. The Last Asylum

    Barbara Taylor's story of her own breakdown and her recovery in England's last asylum

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  11. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth about the Nordic Miracle

    Michael Booth examines the five Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success

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  12. Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything

    Sally Magnusson's moving account of her mother's long struggle with dementia

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  13. White Beech: The Rainforest Years

    Germaine Greer tells the story of her search for a patch of her native Australia to heal

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  14. Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

    Matthew Hart charts the history of the world's most coveted metal

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  15. Priscilla

    Nicholas Shakespeare writes about his aunt's life in Paris during the German Occupation

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  16. The Telling Room

    By Michael Paterniti. A tale of passion, revenge and arguably the world's finest cheese

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  17. Man Belong Mrs Queen

    Matthew Baylis explores the cult whose members revere Prince Philip as an island god

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  18. Love, Nina: Despatches From Family Life

    Nina Stibbe's letters from the heart of 1980s literary London. Read by Rebekah Staton

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  19. Darling Monster

    Amusing and revealing letters from Lady Diana Cooper to her only son John Julius Norwich

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  20. Long Walk to Freedom

    Serialised reading Nelson Mandela's autobiography

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  21. Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

    Hermione Lee's biography of the Booker Prize-winning English writer

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  22. Mitterrand

    Philip Short's biography of France's longest-serving president, Francois Mitterrand

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  23. The Screwtape Letters

    By CS Lewis. Satirical correspondence between a senior devil and his junior apprentice

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  24. The Letters of John F Kennedy

    Collection of correspondence to and from the American president

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  25. Olivier

    Biography of Laurence Olivier, based on previously unseen letters and diaries

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  26. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    Chris Hadfield's memoir reveals the graft, glitches and wonders of space travel

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  27. Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

    Jennifer Saunders reads her funny, honest and touching memoir

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  28. Historic Heston

    Heston Blumenthal shares his passion for the history of British cuisine

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  29. Beowulf

    Seamus Heaney reads from his translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem

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  30. Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

    Jung Chang's fast-paced and gripping biography of the formidable 19th-century stateswoman

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