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
Philip Eade's revealing biography of the celebrated English novelist
Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited homepage
Geoff Dyer's travel essays, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Alex Jennings.
White Sands homepage
Siddhartha Mukherjee's intimate history of one of the most powerful ideas in science.
The Gene homepage
Margo Jefferson's memoir asks what it means to be born both black and privileged.
Katherine Wilson's warm tale of discovering love, food and family the Neapolitan way.
Only in Naples homepage
Dahl's letters to his mother, Sofie Magdalene, abridged for radio by Katrin Williams
Love from Boy - Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother homepage
Aarathi Prasad explores the ancient and modern in Indian medicine. Read by Sudha Bhuchar.
In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room homepage
The story of Russian writer Teffi's eventful flight from her home country.
Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea homepage
Broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham's painfully honest memoir.
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar homepage
By John Lewis-Stempel. The story of a farmer who wants to rediscover traditional practices
The Running Hare homepage
Drawing on her own experience, Lynsey Hanley explores class aspiration and social mobility
Juliet Nicolson's memoir of seven generations of women in her family.
A House Full of Daughters homepage
Sarah Bakewell interweaves biography and philosophy to tell the story of existentialism.
At the Existentialist Cafe homepage
Life with the Tackas Quartet is recollected by its first violinist Edward Dusinberre.
Beethoven for a Later Age homepage
Prof Jerry Brotton on Queen Elizabeth I and the Orient and Britain and the Muslim world
This Orient Isle homepage
In Irene Nemirovsky's story a foolish man's illusions are shattered by the outbreak of war
Searingly honest memoir by Marceline Loridan-Ivens about surviving the Holocaust.
But You Did Not Come Back homepage
Wide-ranging essays from Henning Mankell, creator of Wallander. Read by Tim Pigott-Smith
Ian McKellen reads Seamus Heaney's translation of Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid.
Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI homepage
The great writer is revealed through his letters and memoirs. Read by Henry Goodman.
The Real Henry James homepage
Luc Sante's journey through the dark side of Paris that was, read by Simon Russell Beale
The Other Paris homepage
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