Performance poet John Cooper Clarke explores Thomas de Quincey's autobiographical classic.
Actor and director Fiona Shaw explores the genesis of her all-time favourite book, The Mill on the Floss.
Nicholas Parsons explores the fine line between joy and melancholy in Edward Lear's writing.
Joanna Trollope looks at how Laurie Lee blended fact and fiction in his elegy to a disappeared rural world.
Dr. Janina Ramirez unravels Edmund Spenser's Elizabethan epic - The Faerie Queene.
John Sergeant looks at how Arthur Ransome perfected a new, more authentic kind of children's literature.