Cixi adopts the three-year-old son of her sister and names him Emperor.
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
A Broken Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen's Secret Chord
An early loss for the passionate poet-turned-musician.
Despite success as a poet, Cohen feels the need to escape to the Greek island of Hydra.
In the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Cohen turns his talents to songwriting.
Disaster threatens Cohen's first European tour, but in Buddhism he finds spiritual solace.
Now hugely successful, Cohen retreats to Mount Baldy to spend time with his guru.
Sir Antonio Pappano prepares for the Royal Opera's new production of Puccini's La Bohème.
Letters from South Africa
Writer Bongani Kona begins five letters from South Africa in the week of the ANC elections
Writer Mark Gevisser's letter from South Africa broadcast in the week of the ANC elections
Shosholoza: The Train that Keeps Moving
Writer Panashe Chigumadzi's letter from South Africa in the week of the ANC elections.
This Is What a Country Looks Like When it Is Collapsing
Author Lidudumalingani Mqombothi on life in South Africa during the week of ANC elections.
Five letters from South African writers about life there in the week of the ANC elections.
Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives
How do we make the most of our longer lives? Carl Honoré charts a revolution in ageing.
A Sense of Direction
Family upheaval inspires Gideon Lewis-Kraus to set out on a series of global pilgrimages.
Carl Honoré experiences first-hand the dramatic effects of ageing on the body.
As he charts changing attitudes to ageing, Carl Honoré pits prodigy against experience.
Carl Honoré considers love and sex as he charts a revolution in our attitudes to ageing.
Gideon Lewis-Kraus goes to Uman in Ukraine to meet his elusive father.
Blowing the Bloody Doors Off
Michael Caine reads his memoir of a life in the movies and shares some lessons for actors.
Stories in the Stars
The stories behind the names and shapes of the constellations that pattern the night sky.
Michael Caine draws some lessons in life from his time as a struggling actor.
Michael Caine recalls how persistence and determination can lead to success .
With the release of Alfie in the US, Michael Caine's career moved up a notch.
Michael Caine concludes his reflections on life as a movie star and how to remain grounded
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Last thoughts on a range of big topics from Stephen Hawking
Dancing, Kicking up her Legs
A beautiful and moving account of walking in the footsteps of others.
Baring our Soles
A beautiful and moving memoir in which the author walks in the footsteps of others.
In his Footsteps
The Heaven above and the Road below
We Are Displaced
How Malala became a target for the Taliban when she was just 15 years old.
Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
Sally Magnusson reads the moving account of her mother's long struggle with dementia.
Two young sisters flee the war in Yemen but end up taking very different paths.
Sabreen makes a desperate journey across the Mediterranean.
The Death of a Husband
Sally Magnusson reads the moving memoir of her mother's long struggle with dementia.
Analisa flees Guatemala and risks everything for a better life.
Consolation in Forgetting
Sally Magnusson reads the moving account of her mother's struggle with dementia.
Marie Claire's story
Marie Claire flees war in the Congo, but Zambia proves far from a safe haven.
A Peaceful End
Sally Magnusson reads the heart-rending account of her mother's struggle with dementia.
Girl With Dove
Sally Bayley recalls how a strange home life made her bond with characters from books
of Flora MacDonald
Singer-songwriter Eddi Reader learns more about the romantic heroine's life.
Breaking the Silence on Domestic Abuse
Maria Maidana has spoken out about her experience of abuse to help others in Argentina
Tom Holland and Iszi Lawrence explore stories revealed by history’s lines and linkages.
Colin Chapman, creator of Lotus Cars, nominated by Rohan Silva
Matthew Parris profiles the inventor of the car that changed the face of Formula One
Kevin Fernihough talks to Cumbrians with a tale to tell.