The Secret Life of Books
Season 2: Ep: 3 "Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs"
There are some novels, poems and works of non-fiction that are so important they become more than just literature - they define their age in a way that history books never can. The new season of The Secret Life of Books tells the story of six such masterpieces, showing why they are still so vital today. Amongst the eclectic mix are a memoir of drug addiction, an epic Elizabethan poem, a collection of nonsense verse, a Victorian classic, a children’s adventure tale, and a nostalgic hymn to rural life. Each episode is presented by a well-known British figure, including cultural historian Dr. Janina Ramirez and writer Joann Trollope, who delve into their chosen work’s hidden history and explore its long-lasting influence.
Episodes
Ep 1
Confessions of an English Opium Eater
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Ep 2
The Mill on the Floss
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Ep 3
Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs
Watch Until July 4, 1:30am
Ep 4
Cider With Rosie
Watch Until July 11, 1:30am
Ep 5
The Faerie Queene
Watch Until July 18, 1:30am
Ep 6
Swallows and Amazons
Watch Until July 25, 1:30am
Confessions of an English Opium Eater
Performance poet John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's autobiographical classic - Confessions of an English Opium Eater. (1 of 6)
The Mill on the Floss
Actor and director Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of her all-time favourite book, The Mill on the Floss. (2 of 6)
Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs
Nicholas Parsons explores the fine line between joy and melancholy in Edward Lear's writing. (3 of 6)
Cider With Rosie
How Laurie Lee blended fact and fiction in his elegy to a disappeared rural world. (4 of 6)
The Faerie Queene
Dr. Janina Ramirez unravels Edmund Spenser's Elizabethan epic - The Faerie Queene. (5 of 6)
Swallows and Amazons
How Arthur Ransome perfected a new, more authentic kind of children's literature. (6 of 6)