Discover the dark underbelly of Victorian Edinburgh in Ambrose Parry’s The Art of Dying, out now.

Kamila Shamsie discusses the Booker-shortlisted novel The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste.

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An extract from the audiobook of the Booker-shortlisted novel The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste. Read by Robin Miles.

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From the book Letters of Note: Music, compiled by Shaun Usher. ‘Get at the very heart of it’, a letter from Ludwig Van Beethoven to Emilie H. Introduced by Shaun Usher.

Letter read by Simon Callow.

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From the book Letters of Note: Love, compiled by Shaun Usher. ‘I know what love is’, a letter from Ansel Adams to Cedric Wright. Introduced by Shaun Usher.

Letter read by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Jo Marchant and Helen Czerski take us on a journey through humanity’s relationship with the heavens, in this brilliant Intelligence Squared discussion of Jo’s new book The Human Cosmos.