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Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Tina Brown recalls her time as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair magazine from 1983 to 1992. How did she first start out there? Abridged by Katrin Williams.

Book of the Week

John le Carre: The Biography

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

How the best-selling novelist's remarkable father, Ronnie, cast a long shadow over the family. Read by Stephen Boxer. Show more

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John le Carre: The Biography

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The writer meets a literary hero, hits the heights of fame and tackles his most difficult book. Read by Stephen Boxer. Show more

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John le Carre: The Biography

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

With the Cold War supposedly ended, can the best-selling writer of spy novels find new inspiration? Concluded by Stephen Boxer. Show more

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John le Carre: The Biography

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Under his real name of David Cornwell, the future writer meets a man with a route into the spying game. Read by Stephen Boxer. Show more

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John le Carre: The Biography

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Oxford, teaching at Eton, MI5. Then, David Cornwell becomes an author known as 'John le Carre'. Read by Stephen Boxer. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Omnibus: The story of author Joseph Conrad, abridged by Katrin Williams and read by Laurel Lefkow. After the death of his father, the author yearns for the sailor's life.

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Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Tom Fort’s maritime journey contemplating the International Hydrographic Organisation – and Noel Coward. Read by Jonathan Coy. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Tom Fort’s maritime journey takes in Eastbourne, evoking memories of bladderwrack and prawn hunting. Read by Jonathan Coy. Show more

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Tom Fort’s maritime travels conclude, charmed by the Cornish Riviera but pondering his view of Lands' End. Read by Jonathan Coy. Show more

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Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. The influences of the drummer and singer's early years, before joining 60s group The Soft Machine. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

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Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Wyatt recalls the 'freak-outs' and 'happenings' he played at, often at underground club UFO. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

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Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A few years after joining Matching Mole, at a party in London, Wyatt’s life is changed forever. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

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Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

After the success of 'Shipbuilding', more memorable albums were penned at his and Alfie's new home. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

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Different Every Time - Robert Wyatt

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Wyatt’s curation of the Meltdown Festival, and musicians continuing to hold him in high esteem. Concluded by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Show more

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Young Eliot

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

4 Extra Debut. Robert Crawford's biography of poet TS Eliot. Childhood shyness in St Louis. Read by Tom Mannion and David Acton. Show more

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Young Eliot

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Harvard, Paris and beyond. Robert Crawford's biography of poet TS Eliot. Read by Tom Mannion and David Acton. Show more

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Young Eliot

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Cambridge University and meeting Vivien. Robert Crawford's biography of poet TS Eliot. Read by Tom Mannion and David Acton. Show more