The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
Lisa Jardine describes how Britain's desire to build an empire promoted botany.
Media executive and broadcaster Greg Dyke chooses explorer Captain James Cook.
Neil MacGregor with a feathered helmet given to Captain Cook by Pacific Islanders.
Moby-Dick was made in England. Paul Farley tells a story of fast fish and loose fish.
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Sir Stuart Rose discusses the life of the cartographer who mapped Australia.
Poet Douglas Dunn nominates Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island.
Poet Douglas Dunn nominates the writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
John Major discusses the life of Rudyard Kipling, poet to the British Empire.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston relives sailing single-handed, non-stop, around the world.
Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth nominates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the voyages of James Cook, as suggested by listeners.
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