Highlights from an entertaining and idiosyncratic series of essays from James Wood, the leading literary critic of his generation. It's a collection which ranges widely, from a loving analysis of Keith Moon's drum technique to the intentions, gifts and limitations of some of our most celebrated modern novelists, including Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan.
5. PACKING MY FATHER-IN-LAW'S LIBRARY
Wood describes disposing of his late father in law's library, and considers whether our personal collections of books hide us more than reveal us to our descendants.
Abridged by Eileen Horne
Reader: Peter Firth
Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacficus production for BBC Radio 4.