The Secret Life of Books

The Secret Life of Books

Classic books are considered with a fresh eye. Returning to the authors' original manuscripts and letters, expert writers and performers bring their personal insights to these great works.

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New series

In the new series of The Secret Life of Books, we explore another eclectic selection of literary masterpieces:  a memoir of drug addiction, an epic Elizabethan poem, a collection of nonsense verse, a Victorian classic, a children’s adventure tale, and a nostalgic hymn to rural life.

The Faerie Queene with Janina Ramirez; Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs with Nicholas Parsons; The Mill on the Floss with Fiona Shaw; Cider with Rosie with Joanna Trollope; Confessions of an English Opium Eater with John Cooper Clarke; Swallows & Amazons with John Sergeant

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