Books That Made Britain

July 2020

North West England

3.0 14 x
Simon O'Brien goes on the trail of some of our best-loved children's authors and discovers the stunning north west landscape that inspired their tales of adventure.

Factories to Middle Earth

3.0 8 x
Could Birmingham really have been the inspiration for Middle Earth? Qasa Alom sets out to find out.
June 2020

South of England

3.0 25 x
Craig Henderson celebrates the remarkable Sussex landscapes that have inspired generations of writers. With contributions from Kate Mosse and Jane Rusbridge.

Rebel Writers of the East Midlands

3.0 25 x
BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine revisits books by working-class rebels - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Sons and Lovers.

Cornish Coast

4.0 17 x
Chris Packham tells the story behind five classic books set on the dramatic and beautiful Cornish coast.

Bristol Sin City

4.3 62 x
Book lover and Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney is joined by authors Philippa Gregory and Melvin Burgess to explore how the city of Bristol has inspired their fiction.
November 2016

November 13, 2016

Expired 3.0 18 x
Poet and academic John Wedgwood Clarke takes a trip through Whitby and Scarborough towards Hull, following in the footsteps of Bram Stoker, the Brontes, Winifred Holtby and Philip Larkin and discovering how they were inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire coast.
October 2016

October 30, 2016

Expired 4.0 17 x
PD James, Nicci French and many other top crime writers have used East Anglia as a setting for their books. Martha Kearney investigates why this unique landscape has caught the imagination of so many authors.

October 16, 2016

Expired 4.0 23 x
Suggs delves into his favourite pieces of fiction that tell the story of being a stranger in the capital. From Oliver Twist to Sam Selvon's Lonely Londoner, he explores the novels that have been written through the eyes of newcomers as they make the city their home.