Anne McElvoy on Victorian critic John Ruskin's showdown with the merchants of Bradford.
Dr Thomas Dixon explores the impact of World War One on male friendship.
Andrew Hussey celebrates the life and work of French writer and philosopher Albert Camus.
Paul Morley on the unknown Anthony Burgess - his northern roots and his work as a composer
Arthur C Clarke talks to Nigel Acheson at his home in Sri Lanka, in his seventieth year.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
Bridget Kendall talks to Archbishop Rowan Williams about his fascination with Dostoyevsky.
The life ad work of the Algerian-French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus.
Critic, poet and TV personality Clive James meets his younger self in the sound archives.
Darcus Howe discusses his uncle, the sportsman, writer and revolutionary CLR James.
Philip Palmer's mostly true story of Daniel Defoe, the great 18th-century writer.
Mark Lawson presents a documentary exploring the far-reaching influence of Daniel Defoe.
Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
Patrick Wright examines the long history of anxiety over threats to English identity.
Alan Johnson tells Matthew Parris about the impact George Orwell has had on his life.
In 1932, George Orwell taught in a public school. Geoffrey Stevens recalls being his pupil
Richard Ingrams nominates author and journalist GK Chesterton for regularly being right.
Humphrey Carpenter talks to Richard Ingrams and Prof Denis Conlon.
from the BBC Sound Archive
James Naughtie on the novelist who was a master of moral guilt and cold war intrigue.
War reporter Tim Butcher chooses an exploration into the strange world of Graham Greene.
John Simpson sees the seeds of Orwell's later work in 'Homage to Catalonia'.
Russell Brand talks about the ideology behind his new tour, The Messiah Complex.
The life and work of one of the most influential figures of the Victorian era.
Samira Ahmed explores how Victorian art critic John Ruskin revolutionised girls' education
The life and work of Samuel Johnson, a giant of 18th century literature.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Jorge Luis Borges.
Peter White visits Argentina to hear about the work of blind fabulist Jorge Luis Borges.
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy chooses the blind Argentinian writer Borges.
Professor Robert Winston chooses a famous writer from the French Renaissance.