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Book of the Week

This Long Pursuit

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

When William Blake died in 1827, he was 'already a forgotten man'. How was he resurrected? A meditation on the art of biography by a master of the genre, Richard Holmes. Show more

Book of the Week

This Long Pursuit

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Richard Holmes sets out his two rules of biography: following in the footsteps of his subjects and separating the facts from the speculations. Show more

Book of the Week

This Long Pursuit

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Richard Holmes examines the often ignored lives of women in the early history of science. Frequently derided by the male establishment, their contribution was a crucial catalyst. Show more

Book of the Week

This Long Pursuit

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Can the art of life-writing be taught? And what do students hope to achieve in pursuit of their subjects? Richard Holmes explores how we chronicle the lives of others. Show more

Book of the Week

This Long Pursuit

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

The death of Shelley in July 1822 is one of the most powerful of all Romantic legends. How does the story of the end of a life alter our perception of all that has gone before? Show more