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P. D. James

chooses The Explosion by Philip Larkin

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Crime writer. Creator of fictional policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh. Baroness James of Holland Park

The Explosion by Philip Larkin

P. D. James chooses Philip Larkin's poem The Explosion, published in his final collection of poetry, High Windows. Presented by Mark Lawson.


From the Archive

Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin reads his poem The Explosion.

From the BBC archive.


On the Larkin Trail

Mark Lawson reports from Hull as the city prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of Larkin's death.

From Front Row 14 Jun 10

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The Larkin Tapes

Listen to recordings of Larkin hidden on a garage shelf and discovered in 2006. With poets Paul Farley and Andrew Motion.

From The Archive Hour 1 Mar 08

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Letters to Monica

Hugh Bonneville reads from Larkin's letters to his partner Monica Jones. Larkin arrives in Belfast as the new University librarian.

From Letters to Monica 1 Nov 10

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Crimes of Passion

P. D. James talks to Mark Lawson about love and religion in her novels.

From Front Row 5 Nov 2008

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