First-hand account by Thucydides of the 5th-century BC wars between Athens and Sparta.
The History of the Peloponnesian War homepage
By Vesna Goldsworthy. A story about beauty, money and books. Read by Philip Arditti.
Molly McGrann's novel about the discovery of a dead man's double life and its dark secrets
The Ladies of the House homepage
Fiona Rintoul's tale of love, betrayal and redemption in the dying days of the Cold War.
The Leipzig Affair homepage
By Kazuo Ishiguro. Moving and mysterious story about how societies remember and forget.
The Buried Giant homepage
Elizabeth Harrower's 1971 novel, set among the grand houses of Sydney harbour after WWII
In Certain Circles homepage
Andrew O'Hagan's novel about 82-year-old Anne Quirk, a pioneer of documentary photography
The Illuminations homepage
Ian McDiarmid reads Robert Louis Stevenson's cautionary tale about a devilish pact.
The Bottle Imp homepage
By Anthony Quinn. A story of love, murder and a society dancing towards the abyss.
Curtain Call homepage
Short stories by Hilary Mantel.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher homepage
Muriel Spark's rapier-witted portrait of genteel young women's lives in postwar London.
The Girls of Slender Means homepage
EM Delafield charts the day-to-day life of a Devonshire-dwelling lady.
The Diary of a Provincial Lady homepage
Mary Costello's powerful novel recounts the life of Irish farmer's daughter Tess Lohan.
Academy Street homepage
By Alex Preston. Story of a young man's journey of self-discovery in wartime Italy.
In Love and War homepage
Adaptation of the last of the four Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear homepage
By Nigel Packer. A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.
The Restoration of Otto Laird homepage
By Colm Toibin. Haunting portrayal of one woman's journey through grief and towards hope.
Nora Webster homepage
David Mitchell's novel reveals the life of Holly Sykes through shifting perspectives.
The Bone Clocks homepage
Powerful story about faith, love and the law and about the welfare of children.
The Children Act homepage
Joseph O'Connor's novel spans 25 years and charts the rise and fall of a rock band
The Thrill of It All homepage
By Carys Bray. Moving story of what happens when Issy Bradley dies.
A Song for Issy Bradley homepage
Guy de Maupassant's compelling novel follows family rivalries in the seaport of Le Havre.
Pierre et Jean homepage
By Jessie Burton. Story of a young woman in 17th-century Amsterdam
The Miniaturist homepage
By Fredrik Backman. Heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship
A Man Called Ove homepage
By Bret Anthony Johnston. In the aftermath of an abduction, a family struggles to heal
Remember Me Like This homepage
By Sebastian Barry. Irishman Jack McNulty recounts his strange and tumultuous past
The Temporary Gentleman homepage
Jo Baker reimagines Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from the servants' viewpoint
Hayley Atwell reads Sadie Jones's acclaimed novel set in 1970s theatreland
Apocalyptic thriller by Louise Welsh, set against the backdrop of London in meltdown
A Lovely Way to Burn homepage
By Niall Williams. Witty and poignant story of a woman's search for her deceased father
History of the Rain homepage