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The Essay, The Book that Changed Me Episode guide

  1. Chocky

    10/10 Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on how Chocky by John Wyndham inspired her.

    First broadcast: 28 Oct 2011

  2. The Silent Spring

    9/10 Journalist Julian Pettifer on how Rachel Carson's The Silent Spring inspired him.

    First broadcast: 27 Oct 2011

  3. In the Land of Israel

    8/10 Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner on Amos Oz's book In the Land of Israel.

    First broadcast: 26 Oct 2011

  4. Othello

    7/10 Poet Musa Okwonga on how Shakespeare's Othello mirrored his experience of isolation.

    First broadcast: 25 Oct 2011

  5. The Smoking Diaries

    6/10 Ed Smith explains how Simon Gray's The Smoking Diaries liberated him as a wordsmith.

    First broadcast: 24 Oct 2011

  6. Pride and Prejudice

    5/10 Academic Mona Siddiqui explores her affection for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    First broadcast: 18 Mar 2011

  7. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

    4/10 Scientist Colin Blakemore praises a lesser-known work by Charles Darwin.

    First broadcast: 17 Mar 2011

  8. For Colored Girls...

    3/10 Writer Bernardine Evaristo on how For Colored Girls... by Ntozake Shange inspired her.

    First broadcast: 16 Mar 2011

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  9. The Wrench

    2/10 Potter and writer Edmund de Waal explains how Primo Levi's book The Wrench inspired him.

    First broadcast: 15 Mar 2011

  10. Homage to Catalonia

    1/10 Alan Johnston explains how Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell inspired him.

    First broadcast: 14 Mar 2011

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