As part of the BBC's #LovetoRead celebrations, James Naughtie (presenter of Radio 4's Bookclub and books editor for News) delves into the archives in search of the books that made him into the passionate, lifelong reader that he is.
From Austen and Dickens to Brodie and Le Carre he samples some of the BBC's most treasured readings and dramas. From the sultry opening of Atonement to the power of Moby Dick and from Brideshead to the dark streets of Vienna, James Naughtie offers up three hours of literary delights.
Persuasion by Jane Austen. Read by Juliet Stevenson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville (cast below)
Bleak House by Charles Dickens (cast below)
Eveline from Dubliners by James Joyce. Read by Stephen Rea
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Read by Emma Fielding
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (cast below)
The Third Man by Graham Greene. Read by Samuel West
The Ballroom of Romance by William Trevor. Read by Niamh Cusack
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. Read by Gerda Stevenson
Aunts Aren't Gentlemen by PG Wodehouse. Read by Blake Ritson
Atonement by Ian McEwan. Read by Sian Thomas
The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre - read by the author
Stars Simon Cadell as Charles Dickens, Brenda Blethyn as Esther Summerson and Andrew Seear as Richard Carstone.
Stars Ben Miles as Charles Ryder, Anne Marie Duff as Julia Flyte and and Eve Best as Celia Ryder.
Stars Trevor White as Ishmael and PJ Brennan as Young Ishmael.
Producer: Dymphna Flynn
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in 2016.
James Naughtie searches for the books that made him into a lifelong reader.