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September 1, 2020
Ernie Bevin led an extraordinary life. Born in Somerset in 1881, his father is unknown and his mother died when he was e..
Ernie Bevin led an extraordina..
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August 25, 2020
Jessie Ware is a singer, songwriter and podcaster. Her latest, critically acclaimed, album, What's Your Pleasure?, draws..
Jessie Ware is a singer, songw..
August 18, 2020
Bearded, profoundly deaf and somewhat eccentric, Tsiolkovsky's theoretical work means he is, for many, the "father of sp..
Bearded, profoundly deaf and s..
August 12, 2020
“We’re talking here about a woman who was Mexican, dark skinned, disabled and queer, who produced art and didn’t allow h..
“We’re talking here about a wo..
August 4, 2020
September 1943, and German troops have just landed in gliders to rescue Benito Mussolini from the mountain resort where ..
September 1943, and German tro..
June 2, 2020
Dolly Alderton's love of Doris Day began when she watched Calamity Jane as a young child. And for Dolly, the incandescen..
Dolly Alderton's love of Doris..
May 26, 2020
Sara Wheeler first read Sybille Bedford in her early twenties, and discovered a dazzling writer. The book she read was c..
Sara Wheeler first read Sybill..
May 19, 2020
Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe, chooses the life of infamous Leeds United Captain, Billy Bremner.
Anand Menon, director of the U..
May 13, 2020
When Sally Phillips first saw Myrna Loy, she burst into tears. It was in a film called The Best Years of Our Lives, abou..
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May 5, 2020
Victoria Wood grew up in a bungalow high up on the moors in Lancashire. The rooms were partitioned off with plywood, and..
Victoria Wood grew up in a bun..
April 29, 2020
Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in 1928. She was a mother, writer, dancer, director, performer, friend of presi..
Maya Angelou was born Margueri..
April 21, 2020
Ursula le Guin was born in California in 1929. Her books - including A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness ..
Ursula le Guin was born in Cal..
April 14, 2020
"One of the best things a children's writer can do is to implant sign posts in childhood to things that are good, and to..
"One of the best things a chil..
April 11, 2020
As a twenty-one year old man travelling the world, a young Rick Stein discovered The Doors and became fascinated by the ..
As a twenty-one year old man t..
January 21, 2020
When Andi Oliver first read Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye' she felt as though someone climbed inside her head. Morriso..
When Andi Oliver first read To..
January 10, 2020
"I am a German American, a pure one, dating back to when German Americans were still marrying each other." Kurt Vonnegut..
"I am a German American, a pur..
January 3, 2020
From Kansas City to New York, young Charlie Parker conquered the world of jazz.. He was famous during his life, and even..
From Kansas City to New York, ..
December 24, 2019
Bill Bailey has not just travelled in naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace's footsteps, he's crazy about him too. "I love h..
Bill Bailey has not just trave..
Janice Turner recently wrote a sweet, sensitive article about packing up the contents of her parent’s house. “The experi..
Janice Turner recently wrote a..
December 17, 2019
What makes a brilliant politician? What should motivate them? Does having a faith help?
Broadcaster and writer Jeremy ..
What makes a brilliant politic..
December 10, 2019
In the early summer of 1945, Lee Miller sent a telegram back to London about what she had seen in the Nazi death camps. ..
In the early summer of 1945, L..
December 3, 2019
"It's absolutely joyous, one of the highlights of my career!" Peter Oborne on being joined by Martin Jarvis, the man who..
"It's absolutely joyous, one o..
October 7, 2019
The author Chibundu Onuzo nominates the first elected female in Africa, Constance Agatha Cummings-John.
The author Chibundu Onuzo nomi..
September 17, 2019
The comedian Sindhu Vee has loved Prince ever since she was a young girl in India - when her sister gave her illicit cas..
The comedian Sindhu Vee has lo..
September 12, 2019
Fiona Shaw, BAFTA award-winning star of Killing Eve, joins Matthew Parris to explore the life of one of history's most r..
Fiona Shaw, BAFTA award-winnin..