What were they up to, and how could they know the names of the characters in my unpublished novel, which no living creature apart from me had read? Could fictional characters really come to life?

The Automobile Club of Egypt

Alaa Al Aswany

We hang on to our values, even if they seem at times tarnished and worn; even if, as a nation and in our own lives, we have betrayed them more often than we care to remember

The Audacity of Hope

Barack Obama

Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention on ‘The Audacity of Hope’, which would become the title of his second book.

After being sent around the world three times by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for An Idiot Abroad, Karl Pilkington is going it alone on a journey of self-discovery.

Mind Over Money cover

Claudia Hammond reads from Mind Over Money

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So there I lie on the plateau, under me the central core of fire from which was thrust this grumbling grinding mass of plutonic rock

The Living Mountain

Nan Shepherd