Novelists from New York (state) in all BBC programmes
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
Naomi Wolf nominates Edith Wharton for Great Lives.
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
Stephen Fry nominates his hero, PG Wodehouse, who just simply cheers him up.
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