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To mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice, Peter takes tea with Claire Harman, author of the highly acclaimed biography Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. If you share E. M. Forster’s passion – “I am a Jane Austenite, and therefore slightly imbecile ...read more →
When we asked John Simopoulos, Founding Fellow and Dean of Degrees at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, to read Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner last year, we had an overwhelming response from listeners wanting to hear more from him. We’re thrilled to welcome John back to present this special ...read more →
It was supposed to be “the war that will end war” – according to the misplaced optimism of British author H.G. Wells, and countless others like him who cheerfully expected “our boys” to be home by Christmas 1914. Involving all the world’s great powers, more than 70 million combatants, and ...read more →
At the age of 43, a few weeks after he secured British citizenship, former KGB and FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko was murdered: the world’s first victim of polonium 210 poisoning. The Litvinenko killing revealed that London has quietly become not only the single greatest centre of Russian capital outside Moscow, ...read more →
She plays the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker’s classic cult horror movie Hellbound: Hellraiser II – but there’s a whole lot more to Barbie Wilde than a flesh-flaying demon with an extensively-scarified pubis. Tonight’s show is an exploration and celebration of X-certificate horror – even Barbie gets scared sometimes, and ...read more →
Geoff Dyer is the consummate writer’s writer: winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, the US National Book Critics Circle Award the E. M. Forster Award, and more. The Daily Telegraph newspaper has called him “the best living writer in Britain”. Zadie Smith believes he is “a national treasure.” This is ...read more →
Tonight’s show is a real-life thriller: featuring espionage, double-dealing, murder and even a dash of Hollywood. And a British ambassador who sees things he shouldn’t – and decides to tell the world. Sounds like the plot of a movie? Craig Murray‘s amazing story has already been optioned by producers – ...read more →