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Take a look at the books highlighted by guests throughout the series.

Episode 1


Alexander Armstrong

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Debt to Pleasure - John Lanchester

Mr Standfast - John Buchan

Complete Works of Shakespeare - Alexander Text

Pamela Stephenson

Cupid and Psyche: Usborne Greek Myths for Young Children

Primal Scream: Primal Therapy: the Cure for Neurosis - Arthur Janov

The Odyssey - Homer

Carry On Jeeves - P G Wodehouse

Episode 2


Chris Hollins

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 - Sue Townsend

Bounce - Matthew Syed

Rich: The Life of Richard Burton - Melvyn Bragg

Shoot Annual 1975

Natascha McElhone

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

De Profundis - Oscar Wilde

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Nights and the Circus - Angela Carter

Episode 3


Nicky Haslam

The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas - Gertrude Stein

Jean Howard's Hollywood - Jean Howard

A Legacy - Sybille Bedford

Versailles - Ian Dunlop

Anna Chancellor

Bella - Jilly Cooper

The Continuum Concept - Jean Liedloff

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler

Episode 4


Sir Tim Rice

The Code of the Woosters - P G Wodehouse

Conquest of Space - Willy Ley & Chesley Bonestell

From Here to Eternity - James Jones

Pip - Ian Hay

Russell Grant

Ingrid - Charlotte Chandler

Heidi - Johanna Spyri

The Victioria the County History of Middlesex

A History of the Reign of Queen Anne - John Hillburton

Episode 5


Pam Ayres

Just William - Richmal Crompton

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - David Wroblewski

The Secret Of How To Win Freedom From Clutter - Don Aslett

Self Sufficiency - John Seymour

Don Warrington

Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

Everyman - Philip Roth

Episode 6


Kate Silverton

My Favourite Animal Stories - Gerald Durrell

The Burning Shore - Wilbur Smith

Daughter of the Desert - Georgina Howell

I Don’t know How She Does It - Allison Pearson

Chris Addison

I, Claudius - Robert Graves

The Golden Gate - Vikram Seth

The Leopard - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe

Episode 7


Phil Davis

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The Mersey Sound - Adrian Henri, Roger Mcgough and Brian Patten

Any Human Heart - William Boyd

The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut Junior

Rosie Boycott

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

The Female Eunuch - Germaine Greer

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Episode 8


Alexandra Shulman

Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild

The White Album - Joan Didion

High Fidelity - Nick Hornby

The Best of Everything - Rona Jaffe

Keith Allen

The Secret Seven - Enid Blyton

Mill on the Floss - George Eliot

Unemployed Struggles 1919 - 36 - Wal Hannington

Zeitoun - Dave Eggers

Episode 9


Robert Peston

Bel Ami - Guy de Maupassant

McNaughten - Sian Busby

Winnie The Pooh - A.A. Milne & E.H. Shepard

Greenmantle - John Buchan

Sharon Gless

The Little Engine that Could - Watty Piper

Selected Poems by Edna St Vincent Malley - Edna St Vincent Millay

A Round Heeled Woman - Jane Juska

Cagney & Lacey - Barney Rosenzweig

Episode 10


Rick Stein

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi - Rudyard Kipling

Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell

Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad

Scoop - Evelyn Waugh

Fiona Shaw

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Selected Diaries - Virginia Woolf

W. B Yeats: Selected Poems - W.B Yeats

The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot