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In a new book, British writer Peter Parker examines how A Shropshire Lad has permeated English life and culture for more than a century. He talks to Petroc about Housman’s impact on English music. 

A Shropshire Lad – how A E Housman inspired composers

Biographer Peter Parker discusses with Ivan his six choices of things which he thinks should be better known.

Better Known

Edmund de Waal, Penelope Lively and Peter Parker discuss the attractions of combining memoir and social history, and the fascination of ‘the silent eloquence of the physical world’. 

Edmund de Waal, Penelope Lively and Peter Parker

Beryl Bainbridge and Hilary Mantel read from their works and discuss the difficulties and rewards of writing historical fiction. Chaired by Peter Parker.

Making Fiction out of History

Writer Peter Parker discusses Isherwood's influence on the finished novel.

Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice

Peter Parker talks about AE Housman's A Shropshire Lad and how the poems are shot through with unfulfilled longing for young men. 

Love, Loss and Scandal

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