Sir Antonio Pappano prepares for the Royal Opera's new production of Puccini's La Bohème. Read more
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.
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Jung Chang's biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity.
Cixi forms an important political alliance and launches a palace coup.
Cixi adopts the three-year-old son of her sister and names him Emperor.
A young ambitious reformist looks to topple Cixi from power, and a battle of wits ensues.
Cixi faces her greatest challenge as ruler, when anti-Western feeling leads to violence.
Charles Dickens: A Life, by Claire Tomalin
The troubled childhood of Charles Dickens. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography.
The early successes of Charles Dickens. Claire Tomalin's book about the great novelist.
Charles Dickens is well-received in America. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography.
A theatrical performance changes the course of Dickens's life.
Adulation and farewells for Britain's great novelist. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography