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Reading the classics

Woman reading a book standing in the aisle between shelves in a library

In this programme, Alice and Yvonne discuss why people today don't seem to read the classics as much as they did in the past, and we hear how the Royal Spanish Academy is using modern technology to get more of us excited about reading the classic Don Quixote.

This week's question:
In 2005, the BBC announced the UK's best loved - or favourite book. What was it?

a) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

b) The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

c) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Listen out for the answer in the programme.


Reading the classics

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classic novel

an excellent story that people want to continue reading into the future (it doesn't have to be old)

way back

many years ago or a long time ago

bite size chunks

small pieces or 'bites' of information that can be consumed quickly

sound bite culture

where people prefer to listen to a short piece or 'bite' about something rather than read about it. (Many politicians speak in 'sound bites' or short sentences when giving interviews to the media)


where people and store audio on a tape or in a digital or computer file



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