Adam Sisman tells the life story of the British espionage writer. Read by Stephen Boxer
John le Carre: The Biography homepage
By James Shapiro. The account of an extraordinarily creative year for William Shakespeare
1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear homepage
Second volume of Charles Moore's portrait of the former British prime minster
Margaret Thatcher: Everything She Wants homepage
Edmund de Waal's new book on the history of porcelain, abridged by Jules Wilkinson.
The White Road homepage
By Misha Glenny. Story of an ordinary man who became the don of the largest slum in Rio
Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio homepage
Michael Coveney shines a light on the life and work of the actor. Peter Firth reads
Maggie Smith: A Biography homepage
Paul Theroux's account of his car journeys through America's southern states.
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads homepage
Michael Peppiatt's intimate account of his 30-year friendship with Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon in Your Blood homepage
Charlotte Gordon's biography of the pioneering feminist and her novelist daughter.
Romantic Outlaws - The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley homepage
Marine biologist Dr Helen Scales tells the story of seashells
Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells homepage
Poet Hannah Lowe reads from her memoir about her Jamaican father
Long Time No See homepage
Memoir of neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. Read by Oliver Ford Davies
On the Move homepage
Malachy Tallack's book about the sixtieth parallel explores notions of home and belonging
Sixty Degrees North homepage
By Joanna Biggs. Portrait of the United Kingdom at work in the 21st century
All Day Long homepage
The story of Gertrude Bell and her crucial role in the foundation of the state of Iraq
Queen of the Desert homepage
Novelist and critic Julian Barnes considers the thrill of art
Keeping an Eye Open homepage
Wandering poet Simon Armitage busks his way along Britain's South West Coast Path.
Walking Away homepage
Physician Gavin Francis leads a cultural tour of the body, an adventure in being human.
Adventures in Human Being homepage
Jill Leovy's true-life account of an LA murder investigation of teenager Bryant Tennelle
Tom Fort's account of his maritime journey from the White Cliffs to Land's End.
Channel Shore homepage
Steve Boggan's account of his adventures on the trail of the American gold rush.
Gold Fever homepage
By Peter Moore. Lively account of the adventurous quest to understand the weather
The Weather Experiment homepage
Antony Sher recounts the year he created his version of Shakespeare's Falstaff.
Year of the Fat Knight homepage
Long-awaited memoir by renowned composer Philip Glass.
Words Without Music homepage
Airline pilot Mark Vanhoenacker explores the human experience of flight.
Skyfaring - A Journey with a Pilot homepage
By James Rebanks. Emotional account of growing up in a farming family in the Lake District
The Shepherd's Life homepage
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst traces the creation and influence of Lewis Carroll's Alice books
The Story of Alice homepage
Robert Macfarlane visits some inspiring places, meeting people and 'collecting' words.
Kathleen Winter's story of her journey through the Northwest Passage.
One man's attempt to survive a global catastrophe by setting up a commune in Scotland.
The Utopia Experiment homepage