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The Real Henry James

Dining Out in English Society

Duration: 15 minutes

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

James’s enthusiastic entry into English society, shown by letters recording 107 dinners in one season. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

The Real Henry James

Encounters with Famous People

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Encounters with Dickens, Tennyson and Thackeray recounted by writer Henry James in letters and memoirs. Read by Henry Goodman. Show more

Book of the Week

Labyrinths

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The story of the extraordinary marriage of Emma and Carl Jung. As his fame grows, Emma begins to struggle. Show more

Book of the Week

Labyrinths

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Carl meets Emma and breaks down her resistance to marriage - a seduction by intellect. Show more

Book of the Week

Labyrinths

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Emma moves into the lunatic asylum with Carl and begins a new life as the wife of an asylum doctor. She learns from Carl about the powerful force of the unconscious mind. Show more

Book of the Week

Picnic Comma Lightning

Episode 1: Augmented Reality

Duration: 15 minutes

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

A philosophical meditation on 21st-century reality, inspired by the death of the author Laurence Scott's parents. Read by Stephen Mangan. Show more

Book of the Week

Picnic Comma Lightning

Episode 2: The End of Things

Duration: 14 minutes

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

Bereavement forces you to consider how much things matter. The second episode of Laurence Scott's philosophical memoir. Read by Stephen Mangan. Show more

Book of the Week

Picnic Comma Lightning

Episode 3: Optical Disillusions

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Stephen Mangan reads the third episode of Laurence Scott's moving philosophical memoir. Today - we are all photographers now. Show more

Book of the Week

Picnic Comma Lightning

Episode 4: Fellow-Feeling

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Stephen Mangan reads the fourth episode of Laurence Scott's philosophical memoir. Today: how are you feeling? Show more

Book of the Week

Picnic Comma Lightning

Episode 5: Final Fantasies

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Stephen Mangan reads the final episode of Laurence Scott's philosophical memoir. Today - obsessive personal accounting. Show more

Book of the Week

The Wind in My Hair

Episode 1: Childhood in Iran

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Masih Alinejad's account of her upbringing under the shadow of the Islamic Revolution. Today, she begins to rebel against the rules that she and other girls must follow in Iran. Show more

Book of the Week

The Wind in My Hair

Episode 2: School Rebellion

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Masih forms an underground political book group and begins to publish secret pamphlets calling for greater freedom in Iranian society - a dangerous occupation. Show more

Book of the Week

The Wind in My Hair

Episode 3: Iranian Gaol

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Masih is still a teenager when she has to face the horror of an Iranian gaol, and separation from her fiance. Show more