Jostein Gaarder on his novel Sophie’s World, the story of a teenage girl and a philospher
BBC World Service
Norwegian author of Out Stealing Horses takes questions from a rapt audience
Maya Angelou reflects on some of her earliest and most difficult memories
5/5 Cixi faces her greatest challenge as ruler, when anti-Western feeling leads to violence.
BBC Radio 4
4/5 A young ambitious reformist looks to topple Cixi from power, and a battle of wits ensues.
3/5 Cixi adopts the three-year-old son of her sister and names him Emperor.
2/5 Cixi forms an important political alliance and launches a palace coup.
1/5 Jung Chang's biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity.
Best-selling writer Harlan Coben on his thriller Six Years
Harriett Gilbert talks to Malorie Blackman in front of a live audience about her novel.