The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
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.
Writer and comedy star Rhona Cameron champions Charles Bukowski.
Should Americans celebrate, or be embarrased by, Columbus Day?
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
The crime novelist tells Anthony Clare about his childhood and commitment to writing.
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Michael Palin nominates Ernest Hemingway as his Great Life.
BBC Radio 4 Front Row interview with Philip Roth 27 June 2011
Moby-Dick was made in England. Paul Farley tells a story of fast fish and loose fish.
Michael Walsh talks about the challenging time when writer Phillip K Dick shared his home.
Michael Berkeley’s guest is American crimewriter James Ellroy.
The acclaimed American author recalls his time as a US fighter pilot during the Korean War
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.
Kurt Vonnegut on Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from Josie Long
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.
A conversation between contemporary figures and archive recordings of James Baldwin.
American novelist Philip Roth, 1933-2018.
Michael Sheen champions Philip K Dick who has had an influence on his production of Hamlet
George Steiner discusses his personal music choices with Michael Berkeley.
Robert McCrum talks to author Richard Ford about the US and Donald Trump.
Matthew Parris is joined by Sir Brendan Barber who chooses John Steinbeck as a Great Life.
Josie Long presents radio adventures inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.
Stand-up comedian Rich Hall discusses the life of playwright Tennessee Williams.