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Writer Ian Sansom reflects on the role of swimming in life and literature.
BBC Radio 3
A first-timer attends his first ever Prom concert.
Poet and archaeologist Peter Didsbury extols the joys of rain.
Nigel Forde presents an evocation of summer, drawn from recordings in the BBC archive.
John Cheever's story about a young American woman who graces Europe's glamour spots.
Meg Rosoff celebrates a Hungarian children's classic novel by a contemporary of Bartok.
Novelist Louise Doughty investigates the influence of left-handedness on creativity.
Louise Walsh asks if the first British envoy to Tibet had two children with a local woman.
Irene Nemirovsky's story about a dislocated Parisian at the onset of the Second World War. (R)
Andrew McGregor explores the intricate craft of making a violin bow.
4/5 Claire Messud on having worked pushing the elderly in wheelchairs and slaving in offices.
Bill Nighy reads a summery tale of love and friendship by Guy de Maupassant.
A charming tale about friendship and old age by acclaimed Finnish writer, Tove Jansson.
Kate Clanchy on the importance of the summer house to people in Scandinavia and Russia.
Thomas Franke on the growth of English language being used today in German. (R)
3/5 AL Kennedy on the summer she spent working with her grandmother, a furniture polisher.
Horn player and humourist Ian Fisher reveals what really happens off the concert platform.
Writer Ian Sansom reflects on dress, class and the philosophical life. (R)
Tom Service profiles the World Orchestra for Peace, founded in 1995 by Georg Solti.
Barbara Kelly goes in search of composer Maurice Ravel in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.