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  • Alan Bennett reads five more extracts from Untold Stones, his major collection of new writings Untold Stories. Alan Bennett's first major collection of prose since his bestselling Writing Home.
  • Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton star as Guy Burgess and Coral Browne in this BBC Radio Full-cast drama based on a real-life chance encounter
  • In his comprehensive biography, Pearson considers how Doyle's life is reflected in his books.
  • Each Autumn, in conjunction with the conferring of The National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature, the Board of Directors of the Foundation presents a Medal...
  • A quizzical look at the life and legend of celebrated poet Dylan Thomas, through the critical eyes of the infamous Chelsea Hotel...
  • "I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else." Bob Dylan's...
  • In Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Dostoevsky's life and ideas, and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand his place...
  • Simon Jones, who starred in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy takes a look back at the events and happenings of the life of Douglas Adams....
  • Nearly five decades of theatrical anecdotes as David Barry {Frankie Abbott in 'Please, Sir!) recalls working with the likes of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh...
  • When artist Tim Lefens walked into the care center for people with cerebral palsy, he had a life-changing experience. Because of his passion and determination, he and his student-artists emerged to...
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin' - That's what this book is about...
  • In García Márquez in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of García Márquez 's life and ideas, and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand ...
  • Humphrey Lyttelton presents a compilation of extracts and interviews celebrating the life and work of Gerard Hoffnung
  • 'Rock's little drummer boy grows up into a sex cymbal. With a wit drier than an AA clinic, and a charm more disarming than a UN peace-keeping force, Mason gives us a literary drum solo par excellence
  • This riveting biography follows Stewart from his childhood shaped by a strong-willed father to the fateful encounter with actress Margaret Sullavan, his first professional theatrical experiences on...
  • A highly enjoyable account of the life of Jane Austen.
  • In Kafka in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Kafka's life and ideas, and explains their influence on literature and on man's struggle to understand his place in the wo...
  • Laugh at the antics and worldwide travels of bestselling author, J. Robert Whittle, as he relates fascinating stories of an active and intriguing life.
  • This first audio-biography of Marcel Proust tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his...
  • The story of Beethoven, widely believed to be the greatest composer who ever lived.
  • Frederic Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Regarded one of the most mesmeric performers of his day, he lives on in his music - his waltzes, mazurkas, etudes, preludes, nocturnes, three...
  • W.B. Yeats remains one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century. The Lake Isle of Innisfree, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, Down by the Salley Gardens, The Secret Rose - these...
  • Dante's vision, The Divine Comedy, has profoundly affected every generation since it first appeared in the early 14th century. Here is a brief account of his life, compiled from various sources...
  • The remarkable and tragic story of Oscar Wilde, legendary wit and conversationalist, author of perhaps the most perfect comedy in the English language, yet seemingly doomed by his own flawed...
  • The plays of William Shakespeare, and his famous lines, are part of the national consciousness. There may be few solid facts about Shakespeare the man, and yet not only do we want to know all about...
  • This is the poignant and compelling story of perhaps the most naturally gifted musical genius of all time. Copiously illustrated with examples of his music, it tells of Mozart's extraordinary...
  • The Lives of the Great Artists was the first truly comprehensive history of art.
  • The critically acclaimed memoir from the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Lovely Bones. In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life...
  • The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and talking beasts is now part of the collective imagination. This works attempts to unearth the secrets behind the first Narnian, C.S.Lewis himself
  • The biography of legendary film actress Natalie Wood.
  • On July 28, 1851, Nathaniel Hawthorne's wife left their house in Western Massachusetts to visit relatives. Hawthorne and his five-year-old son Julian stayed behind. How father and son got on...
  • Amy Tan was born into a family that believed in fate. In The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings, she explores this legacy, as well as American circumstances, and finds ways to honor the past while...
  • Joyce describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus.
  • The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making...
  • Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, marks the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth in BBC R3’s Sunday Feature ‘Rembrandt 400’...
  • A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought young Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face-to-face with Ernest Hemingway. The interview was awkward and brief, but before it ended something had...
  • The bass player for the greatest improvisational band in American history tells the full, true story of his life, Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh first met Jerry Garcia in...
  • Alan Bennett recalls his childhood in a sequence of talks that are funny, touching and told in his unique style...
  • 'Angela’s Ashes', Frank McCourt’s critically acclaimed, lyrical memoir of his Irish childhood, won the Pulitzer Prize...
  • 'A gut-wrenching memoir that still has you gasping with laughter. A hell of a book'
  • The book her devoted readers have been waiting for. At last, New York Times betselling author Kathleen Norris's first continuous narrative . . .a story of sex, drugs, and poetry.
  • An intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature for many generations to come...