By George Goodwin. Account of scientist Benjamin Franklin's time living in London
Benjamin Franklin in London homepage
By Ben Rawlence. Stories that show what life is like in Dadaab refugee camp
City of Thorns homepage
Dame Joan Bakewell takes stock of her life as she enters her ninth decade.
Stop the Clocks homepage
Volker Weidermann's account of the resort of Ostend in 1936
Summer Before the Dark homepage
Amy Liptrot's incisive memoir of overcoming alcoholism amid the luminous Orkney landscape.
The Outrun homepage
Laura Cumming charts the obsession of a 19th-century Reading bookseller with a portrait.
The Vanishing Man homepage
By Patrick McGilligan. Biography of the early years of Orson Welles.
Young Orson homepage
A history of 20th-century Germany revealed through the inhabitants of one wooden house
The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany homepage
Robert Penn decides to fell a great ash and find out how many uses there are for one tree.
The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees homepage
Memoir chronicling the early life of historian Lady Antonia Fraser
My History homepage
Stephanie Cole reads from Diana Athill's essay collection. Abridged by Kirsteen Cameron
Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter homepage
Simon Bradley's account of the impact that the railways had on the United Kingdom.
Railways - Nation, Network and People homepage
Correspondence of the celebrated novelist. Read by Imogen Stubbs and Nigel Anthony
Living on Paper - Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995 homepage
Elvis Costello reads his witty and irreverent account of his 40 years in music.
Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink homepage
By Jay Parini. Biography of the American writer and cultural commentator
Every Time a Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies: The Life of Gore Vidal homepage
Claire Harman's intimate biography of one of Britain's greatest novelists
Charlotte Bronte: A Life homepage
Yeonmi Park's account of her escape from one of the world's most repressive regimes
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom homepage
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