Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life. From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.
The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.
Barkham’s books include Coastlines, Badgerlands and The Butterfly Isles.
The Great Storm of 1987 is etched firmly into the national memory. Everyone who was there that night remembers how hurricane-force winds struck southern Britain without warning, claiming 18 lives, uprooting more than 15 million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Thirty years on, the discovery of an old photograph inspires the author to make a journey into that landscape. Weaving her own memories and personal experiences with those of fishermen and lighthouse keepers, rough sleepers and refugees, she creates a unique portrait of this extraordinary event and a moving exploration of legacy and loss. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
In the Arctic, White, a marine conservationist, shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a 25-foot tidal bore that crashes 80 miles up the Qiantang River; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colourful adventure travel and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion.
Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. As Director of Elite Rugby at the Rugby Football Union he did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world’s major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself. Hitt is a star columnist and rugby writer for the Western Mail.
Join the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and author of Trash as he discusses his most recent book, the story of the changing relationship that develops between a boy and his new dog, Spider. Spider helps Tom manage things when his life at home and at school is spinning out of control and in return Tom gives Spider all the love and attention he needs. Both grow stronger as a result. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love.
Following the recent three-part ITV series starring Anna Maxwell Martin in Midwinter of the Spirit, find out about the latest Merrily Watkins mystery. When autumn storms blast Hereford, centuries-old human bones are found among the roots of a tree blown down on the city's Castle Green. But why have they been stolen? Chaired by Andy Fryers.
The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.