... a new BBC series, The Secret Life of Books. I haven't seen a transmission date for this, but it's to be on BBC Four and will be "examining original texts, manuscripts, letters and diaries to uncover the story behind the creation of six classic books". Presenters include Simon Russell Beale on Shakespeare's First Folio, and the excellent Dr. Alexandra Harris (see this post) on Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
... The Golden Age of Murder (to be published in May, 2015) in which Martin Edwards looks at how Agatha Christie and her contemporaries revolutionised crime writing: "This ground-breaking study of detective fiction from between the wars captures how the social and political turbulence of the times impacted on authors and the appetites of their readers. Martin’s revelations about many of these colourful and turbulent writers, whose risky private lives inspired their more daring novels, provide a whole new insight into the generation of authors who created the prototypes for books we all still love today."
... discovering some of the books you've mentioned in the book bag post. Among them, Madeleine L'Engle's journals, Edith Pearlman's short stories and William Trevor's (the only book of his I've read so far is The Story of Lucy Gault, which I loved), and Charles Palliser's The Quincunx (which happens to be here on the shelf). Many thanks for a wealth of suggestions for future reading, whether at home or away.