The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Discussing America's continuing issues with race & whether he's left Easy Rawlins behind.
Poet Jackie Kay tells the story of Zora Neale Hurston's literary rebirth.
Writer and comedy star Rhona Cameron champions Charles Bukowski.
Colin Johnson has an imagined conversation with his late grandmother, Maya Angelou.
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
Writer and actress Helen Lederer nominates the writer-poet Dorothy Parker.
Helen Lederer chooses writer, poet and barbed wit, Dorothy Parker.
Naomi Wolf nominates Edith Wharton for Great Lives.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Wharton's novels of America's Gilded Age.
Michael Palin nominates Ernest Hemingway as his Great Life.
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.
Michael Walsh talks about the challenging time when writer Phillip K Dick shared his home.
The acclaimed American author recalls his time as a US fighter pilot during the Korean War
Actor Jane Horrocks in conversation with her heroes, brought back to life.
How 3 months in rural Devon influenced one of the greatest chroniclers of urban New York.
Vishva Samani explores author JD Salinger's enduring relationship with Hindu philosophy.
The award-winning American author Joseph Heller discusses his work.
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates on dealing with her first few months as a widow.
Singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams describes how Sylvia Plath inspired an entire album.
Kurt Vonnegut on Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from Josie Long
How an unlikely friendship led to Harlem poet Langston Hughes' epic 1964 BBC radio series.
Aminatta Forna tells the extraordinary story of hard-living writer Jack London.
Alistair Cooke pays tribute to Ernest Hemingway with a parody of his writing style.
Businessman Mark Constantine champions the life of Kahlil Gibran with Matthew Parris.
Writer and campaigner Maya Angelou tells Dr Anthony Clare about her influences.
Meg Wolitzer discusses her novel The Interestings with James Naughtie and readers.