Boris Vian, Arne Næss, Karl Ove Knausgård, Javier Marías, Nawal El Saadawi, Tale of Genji.
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Architects Eric Parry and Alison Brooks, and writers Fiona Mozley and SI Martin on Soho.
Edmund de Waal and Frances Stonor Saunders discuss uncovering Jewish family stories.
The work of Turner prize nominees, a Tiger Bay murder story, Under Milk Wood on stage.
Rana Mitter meets the six authors shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious history prize.
Rana Mitter talks to documentary makers, a novelist and historian about breaking silences.
Salman Rushdie is one of Matthew Sweet's guests for a conversation about the imagination.
Was Nero really a victim of plots? Bulgaria's hidden past. And a novel about startups.
Two weavers of fantastical fiction sift through myths with Matthew Sweet.
American graphic novelist Alison Bechdel talks mushrooms, therapy and Adrienne Rich.
Patience Agbabi's novel time-travels back to 18th-century London. So do we.
Two American authors talk to Laurence Scott about their sense of time, place and self.
Who are the best writers past and present who give us an insight into the natural world?
New novels from Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden depict Mrs Death and the devil's daughter.
Rana Mitter reads from a new biography of Dostoevsky, 200 years after his birth.
Ted talks, zoom and lectures :Mary Beard, Homi Bhabha and Seán Williams join Shahidha Bari
Historians Margaret McMillan and Rob Johnson. Novelists Abdulrazak Gurnah and Mia Couto
How do you teach writing? Helen Mort and Blake Morrison compare notes.
Will Harris, Max Porter and Chloe Aridjis, Christine Yao and Shahidha Bari.
Links between biography and poetry. Telling modern Ugandan stories. With Shahidha Bari.
John Gallagher's guests decode changes in Behn's loyalties from her plays and dedications.
Biographers of Tom Stoppard, Sylvia Pankhurst and a little known SS soldier compare notes.
A poet and a crime writer compare notes; plus, lessons for now from a medieval foxy fable
Shahidha Bari looks at some of the best recent LGBTQ+ writing and photography.
From négritude and his Discourse on Colonialism to his long inventive and punning poetry.