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Afetr her stunning biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Dora Jordan, Tomalin turned to their contemporary, Jane Austen, and reveals a life less quiet, more eventful, and more surprising than the conventional picture of the great novelist.
Life - An Authorised BiographyRichard Fortey has written a vivid biography of life - a history spanning more than 3000 million years. Weaving his own lifetime as a palaeontologist into the story, he shows how life's past was one of reversals, chances gained and lost, occasional drama; more dramatic and engaging than a human lifetime, but governed by the same mix of genes and opportunity.
The Good BooksThe novelist Doris Lessing discusses what the Old Testament, New Testament and The Koran have in common.
Golwyg Sgwarnoglyd ar fap dychymyg Twm Morys, sy'n eich gwahodd i ragflas o gyfresi teledu a radio mwya' pryfoclyd Cymru. Cewch groeso ar gan, cipolwg o ambell I olygfa ac yna trafodaeth rhwng Twm a John Hefin.
The Shakespeare LectureThe new historricism is no longer new but does that meanit shouldbe thrown out? Does thinking about Shakespeare in his historic context help us or hinder us in understanding his plays as texts for today? So Juliet is fourteen, so what? So Cesario is a boy played by a girl played by a boy. So what?
The Irish comedian and actor, star of Channel 4's Father Ted discusses his first novel The Talk of the Town.
The BBC Today Programme's hard man inquisitor discusses dialogue, the language of politics, and Michael Heseltine's hair with the BBC World anchor presenter.
On Giant's ShouldersMelvyn Bragg chairs a discussion of Darwin's influence, and explores the ways in which the theory of evolution of the species has developed with the geneticist Richard Dawkins and the author of the forthcoming What Remains to be Discovered John Maddox.
A reading and conversation with three outstanding contemporary novelists. Hollinghurst, author of The Swimming Pool Library ("superbly written, wildly funny" - Daily Telegraph) and The Folding Star launches his new novel The Spell; Barker's Wide Open confirms her as a "singular, soaring, stratospheric talent" - Scotland on Sunday: Thompson's Soft is a brilliant fable about advertising, urban angst and synchronized swimming.
United States of AngerAmericans are angry - about their politics, their economy, about race, about crime, abortion, and immigration. The BBC's chief North America correspondent analyses what has happened to the American Dream at the end of the century of the Superpower.
Liberty or DeathThe writer and historian presents his view of the roles Mahatma Ghandi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah played in the Indian Independence Movement.
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.
Opera House LotteryLord Crickhowell discusses his experience of chairing the Cardiff Bay Opera House project to build Zaha Hadid's new theatre with the BBC Wales television presenter.
The novelist whose books include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, The Ballard of Peckham Rye and Curriculum Vitae reads her autobiographal short story The Gentile Jewesses and takes questions from the audience. Chaired by Geordie Greig.
The broadcaster and walker talks about her journey on foot from Coast to Coast across Britain
The begetter of Bridget Jones' Diary previews her sequel to the mega-selling tale of pride and prejudice, and reveals what Bridget did next.
The creator of the Venetian detective Aurelio Zen talks to the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about crime, canals and Europe. Dibdin is the winner of the Crime Writers Asscciation Gold Dagger.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about EvolutionRichard Dawkins and Lalla Ward present the arguments about evolution and genetics explored in Dawin's groundbreaking books, which include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable.
The poet Blake Morrison explores the boundries between fact and fiction with Linda Grant, author of Remind Me Who I Am, Again and the award- winning writer Romesh Gunesekera whose novel The Sandglas is published this month by Granta. Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? launched a publishing fashion for confessional autobiography. His second book As If addressed the killing of two-year old James Bulger. Too True is published this month.
The Cambridge scientist celebrates the tenth anniversary of his book A Brief History of Time with this lecture.
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