Book of the Week Episode guide
By James Booth. Moving biography of the renowned English poet.
Adam Thorpe explores the mystery of the 4,300-year-old man-made construction.
Who was the real Mona Lisa? And why did Leonardo paint her? Dianne Hales investigates.
Sue Roe's story of Pablo Picasso and other artists in the famous Paris quarter.
Richard Kerridge reflects on his lifelong relationship with reptiles and amphibians.
American journalist James Nestor investigates the world of freediving.
By Matt Lewis. The fateful story of the fishing boat Sudur Havid
By Peter Finn and Petra Couvee. Portrait of Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak
By Chris Stewart. Tales from the Alpujarras region of Andalucia in Spain
Laurie Lee's classic travel book, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Tobias Menzies
Rebecca Front's anecdotes and yarns exploring all that is remarkable about everyday life
As Leonard Cohen turns 80, Liel Leibovitz explores his life, work and passion
By Linda Cracknell. Moving memoir in which the author walks in the footsteps of others
Anjan Sundaram's mesmerising account of self-discovery in war-torn Congo
Tim Moore retraces the route and tells the story of the 1914 Giro d'Italia bicycle race
By Rachel Holmes. Lively biography of Karl Marx's daughter
By Richard Benson. Story of the author's grandmother and her life in the South Yorkshire
Helena Attlee explores why citrus holds a special place in the Italian imagination
By Deyan Sudjic. An essential tool kit for understanding the modern world
By Thomas Brothers. Account of the life and legacy of the influential musical artist.
Academic and reviewer John Carey looks back on a life in and around books.
Ben Macintyre tells the story of notorious British defector and Soviet mole Kim Philby
Tony Benn reads from his political diaries covering the years from 1991 to 2001
Author Gideon Lewis-Kraus sets out on a series of global pilgrimages
Collection of essays by literary critic James Wood
Memoir of a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South in 1841
Barbara Taylor's story of her own breakdown and her recovery in England's last asylum
Michael Booth examines the five Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success
Sally Magnusson's moving account of her mother's long struggle with dementia
Germaine Greer tells the story of her search for a patch of her native Australia to heal