Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres
BBC Radio 4
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1/5 1938 means trouble with Hitler and trouble with cigar smoking.
2/5 The Nazis enter Freud's house in Vienna and he fears for his antiquities.
3/5 Freud's next piece of work is a departure, featuring Topsy the lovable chow.
4/5 Freud is installed in St John's Wood in London, and Salvador Dali comes to tea.
5/5 From poverty to white bread, says Freud of his final success.
1/5 Passion, money, art - the story of John Constable and his pursuit of the love of his life.
2/5 The painter and Maria Bicknell first met when he was 24 and she was 12.
3/5 Lacking 'that necessary article - cash', the pair's courtship was never going to be easy.
4/5 Despite fierce opposition from Maria's powerful grandfather, John is determined to marry.
5/5 Finally married, the serious production of both paintings and children can now begin.
1/5 The life and career of the publicity-shy, Nobel Prize-winning author.
2/5 Back teaching after his World War II service, the author makes a start on his first novels
3/5 The author's career takes off when he is invited to work the American lecture circuit.
4/5 Personal disasters take their toll, but his latest novel receives the ultimate accolade.
5/5 In 1983, in a maelstrom of controversy, Golding's book earns global recognition.
1/5 Prof Gustavo Piga, economist at Rome University, delivers a letter about Italy today.
2/5 Lucia Annunziata, editor of Huffington Post, Italy, delivers a letter about Italy today.
3/5 Carlo Sibilia, member of the Five Star Movement, delivers a letter about Italy today.
4/5 Novelist and playwright Dacia Maraini delivers a letter about Italy today.
5/5 Annalisa Piras, an Italian journalist based in London, delivers a letter about Italy today
1/5 Jung Chang's biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity.
2/5 Cixi forms an important political alliance and launches a palace coup.
3/5 Cixi adopts the three-year-old son of her sister and names him Emperor.
4/5 A young ambitious reformist looks to topple Cixi from power, and a battle of wits ensues.
5/5 Cixi faces her greatest challenge as ruler, when anti-Western feeling leads to violence.
1/5 Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini contemplates the view from Italy.
2/5 German historian Michael Stürmer contemplates the idea of Europe in Autumn 2011.
3/5 Political commentator Agnes Poirier contemplates the view from France.
4/5 Irish writer Fintan O'Toole contemplates the idea of Europe in Autumn 2011.
5/5 Greek novelist Ersi Sotiropoulos contemplates the idea of Europe in Autumn 2011.
2/5 Early successes.
3/5 The novelist is well received in America.
4/5 A theatrical performance changes the course of his life.
5/5 Exploring the themes of adulation and farewells.
3/5 The fonts we encounter on our journeys, and the man who tried to give up Helvetica.
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