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Kapka Kassabova explores the hinterland where the Iron Curtain met Greece and Turkey.
Border - Tales from the Edge of Europe homepage
Poets Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley explore the myth of the doomed poet.
Deaths of the Poets homepage
Pankaj Mishra traces the tangled roots of hatreds and nationalisms across the world.
Age of Anger homepage
Xiaolu Guo's story of growing up in China during times of transition.
Once Upon a Time in the East homepage
By Julian Glover. Biography of innovative Scottish engineer Thomas Telford.
Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain homepage
David Bellos tells the compelling story of how Victor Hugo's novel conquered the world.
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables homepage
Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the impact of the Reformation on people's lives now.
The Reformation homepage
The story of Emma Jung, her marriage to Carl and the early years of psychoanalysis.
A meditation on snow by Marcus Sedgwick.
Journalist Madeleine Bunting explores the history and landscapes of the Hebrides.
Love of Country homepage
By Richard Holmes. A meditation on the art of biography from a master of the genre.
This Long Pursuit homepage
The story of Claude Monet's later years and the famous paintings he produced at Giverny.
Mad Enchantment homepage
Carlo Rovelli's provocative account of how science affects our understanding of the world
Reality Is Not What It Seems homepage
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes reads from his book about fear - particularly his own.
Pete Brown illuminates the hand-in-hand history of humanity and our most familiar fruit.
The Apple Orchard homepage
Alan Bennett reads extracts from his diaries.
Keeping On Keeping On homepage
Four writers explore what it means to be black, Asian and minority ethnic in Britain today
The Good Immigrant homepage
Edmund Gordon's biography about one of English literature's most inventive writers.
The Invention of Angela Carter homepage
Powerful memoir of hope and loss by the Booker Prize-nominated Libyan author Hisham Matar.
The Return homepage
Gary Younge tells the story of the children and teens shot dead on an average American day
Another Day in the Death of America homepage
By Artemis Cooper. Authorised biography of novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence homepage
Renowned espionage writer John le Carre reads extracts from his memoir.
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carre homepage
Biography of Beryl Bainbridge by Brendan King, who worked for her for 23 years.
Beryl Bainbridge - Love by All Sorts of Means homepage
Joe Moran explores why shyness is such a pervasive human trait. Read by Nigel Planer.
Shrinking Violets homepage
By Alec Ash. The stories of young Chinese lives. Read by David Seddon
Wish Lanterns homepage
Paul MacAlindin tells the story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.
Author Lauren Elkin thinks about distinguished women who strolled great cities.
Flaneuse - Women Who Walk the Cities homepage
Paul Morley reads his personal account of the life, impact and legacy of David Bowie.
The Age of Bowie homepage
Lindsay Duncan reads from a new biography of the much-loved 20th century children's writer
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature homepage
Rebecca Front reads Bernadette Murphy's account of her mission to solve an art mystery.
Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story homepage