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On the Road with Penguin Classics is a podcast that takes a stroll around the world's favourite books. In each episode, author and editor Henry Eliot travels to a different literary location to explore a brilliant book in the company of a remarkable reader.
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On the Road with Penguin Classics Henry Eliot

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On the Road with Penguin Classics is a podcast that takes a stroll around the world's favourite books. In each episode, author and editor Henry Eliot travels to a different literary location to explore a brilliant book in the company of a remarkable reader.
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    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Chris Riddell

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Chris Riddell

    Lewis Carroll in Oxford. The illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell wanders the streams and streets of Oxford with Henry, visiting the locations that inspired Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. They meet Sophie Hiscock at the Story Museum and visit Christ Church College.
    Penguin Classics editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/60348/alice-s-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass/9780141439761.html
    https://apple.co/34adQe5
     
    Penguin audiobook of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, read by Katie Leung
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1060348/alice-s-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass/9780241442425.html
    https://apple.co/3r1h1gQ
     
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Chris Riddell
    https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/lewis-carroll/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/9781529002461
     
    Through the Looking-Glass, illustrated by Chris Riddell
    https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/lewis-carroll/through-the-lookingglass-and-what-alice-found-there/9781529007503
     
    The Hunting of the Snark, illustrated by Chris Riddell
    https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/chris-riddell/the-hunting-of-the-snark/9781529006957
     
    Chris Riddell
    https://chrisriddellblog.tumblr.com/
    https://twitter.com/chrisriddell50
     
    The Story Museum
    https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/
     
    Alice’s Shop
    https://aliceinwonderlandshop.com/
     
    Christ Church College
    https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/
     
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Yayoi Kusama
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/181654/lewis-carroll-s-alice-s-adventures-in-wonderland--with-artwork-b/9780141197302.html

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Alan Taylor

    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Alan Taylor

    Muriel Spark in Edinburgh. The journalist Alan Taylor joins the Brodie set on a walk around Edinburgh with Henry. They discuss The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, visiting the site of James Gillespie’s High School (Spark’s alma mater and the model for Marcia Blaine school in the novel), as well as her childhood home on Bruntsfield Place and tracing the route taken by Miss Brodie and her girls across the Meadows and through the Grassmarket, Lawnmarket and the High Street.
     
    Penguin Modern Classics edition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/56927/the-prime-of-miss-jean-brodie/9780141181424.html
     
    Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor
    https://birlinn.co.uk/product/appointment-in-arezzo-2/
     
    Alan Taylor
    https://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/contributors/alan-taylor/
     
    Muriel Spark Centenary Editions (Polygon)
    https://birlinn.co.uk/muriel-spark/
     
    James Gillespie’s High School
    https://www.jamesgillespies.co.uk/
     
    Curriculum Vitae by Muriel Spark
    https://www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9781847771025
     
    Canongate audiobook of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, read by Miriam Margolyes
    https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Prime-of-Miss-Jean-Brodie-Audiobook/B006K4FPGE
     

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Keats's poetry with Andrew Motion

    Keats's poetry with Andrew Motion

    John Keats in Hampstead. The poet and biographer Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, strolls around the village of Hampstead with Henry. They discuss the short life and luscious poetry of John Keats, walking on the Heath, visiting Leigh Hunt’s house in the Vale of Health and finishing at Wentworth Place (now Keats House), where they meet its principal curator, Rob Shakespeare.
     
    Penguin Classics editions of Keats:
     
    Selected Poems
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/33867/selected-poems--keats/9780140424478.html
    https://apple.co/3IE3ZMC
     
    Complete Poems
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/33699/the-complete-poems/9780140422108.html
    https://apple.co/3H4pUMy
     
    Selected Letters
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/177598/selected-letters/9780141192796.html
    https://apple.co/3FUzvUx
    So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne (introduced by Jane Campion)
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/60470/so-bright-and-delicate--love-letters-and-poems-of-john-keats-to-/9780141442471.html
    https://apple.co/33kffP9
     
    Andrew Motion
    https://poets.org/poet/andrew-motion
     
    Keats by Andrew Motion
    https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571346660-keats/
     
    The Invention of Dr Cake by Andrew Motion
    https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571216321-the-invention-of-dr-cake/

    Keats House
    https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/attractions-museums-entertainment/keats-house

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Blazing World with Michael Bravo

    The Blazing World with Michael Bravo

    Margaret Cavendish beyond the North Pole. The polar researcher Dr Michael Bravo Joins Henry in Cambridge to discuss The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish, the maverick Duchess of Newcastle. Blending fantasy, philosophy and seventeenth-century science, they visit the Polar Museum, the Whipple Museum and Cambridge University Library. They meet Dr Joshua Nall, an expert on the history of science, and Dr Emily Dourish, deputy keeper of rare books.
     
    Penguin Classics editions of The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/34205/the-blazing-world-and-other-writings/9780140433722.html
    https://apple.co/3IAMNY5
     
    Penguin audiobook of The Blazing World, read by Abigail Thaw
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/34205/the-blazing-world-and-other-writings/9780141993393.html
    https://apple.co/3u6gpIK
     
    Michael Bravo
    https://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/bravo/
     
    North Pole by Michael Bravo
    http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781789140088
     
    The Polar Museum
    https://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/
     
    The Whipple Museum
    https://www.whipplemuseum.cam.ac.uk/
     
    The Cambridge University Library Rare Books Department
    https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/departments/rare-books
     
    Joshua Nall
    https://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/directory/nall
     
    Emily Dourish
    https://twitter.com/emilydourish?lang=en

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ulysses with Anne Fogarty

    Ulysses with Anne Fogarty

    James Joyce in Dublin. Professor Anne Fogarty joins Henry in Dublin to recreate a day in the life of Leopold Bloom. They discuss Ulysses by James Joyce and visit the Martello Tower where the novel opens, Eccles Street, Davy Byrnes and the National Library. They meet Darina Gallagher, director of the James Joyce Centre, who coordinates the annual Bloomsday celebrations.
     
    2 February 2022 is the 100th anniversary of the first book publication of Ulysses.
     
    Penguin Modern Classics editions of Ulysses by George Orwell
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57043/ulysses/9780141182803.html
    https://apple.co/3KEWdDP
     
    Penguin audiobook of Ulysses, read by Patrick Gibson
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1057043/ulysses/9780241422601.html
    https://apple.co/3H81bqI
     
    Anne Fogarty
    https://people.ucd.ie/anne.fogarty
     
    The James Joyce Centre
    https://jamesjoyce.ie/
     
    The James Joyce Tower & Museum
    https://joycetower.ie/
     
    Davy Byrnes
    https://davybyrnes.com/
     
    Sweny’s Pharmacy
    https://www.sweny.ie/

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Nineteen Eighty-Four with Robert Icke

    Nineteen Eighty-Four with Robert Icke

    George Orwell in Airstrip One. The writer and director Robert Icke joins Henry to explore the real-world locations in London that inspired George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Together they tour the Ministry of Truth, the Ministry of Love and Room 101. Robert co-adapted and co-directed the award-winning 2013 stage adaptation 1984, which has played on the West End and Broadway and toured the UK, the USA and Australia.
     
    Penguin Modern Classics editions of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57013/nineteen-eighty-four/9780141187761.html
    https://apple.co/32u5uNJ
     
    Penguin audiobook of Nineteen Eighty-Four, read by Peter Capaldi
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1057013/nineteen-eighty-four/9780141989969.html
    https://apple.co/3fSibVQ
    Robert Icke
    https://roberticke.com/
    Robert Icke’s production of 1984
    https://headlong.co.uk/productions/1984/
    https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/1984-9781350262713/
    UCL Senate House
    https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/using-library/libraries-and-study-spaces/ucl-senate-house-hub
     
    BBC Broadcasting House
    https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/buildings/broadcasting-house/
     
    Untitled (Room 101) by Rachel Whiteread
    http://www.modusoperandi-art.com/projects/bbc_untitled_room_101/

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Frikk182 ,

Excellent new literary views from Penguin

Great new podcast and my type of listening. Wonderfully put together with Henry as a beautiful presenter. Well done and thank you for this
new addition.

Victor Craven ,

Bringing literature to life

This is a wonderful addition to my Podcast subscription listening. Brings some of the best Penguin Classics books to life in an engaging and fascinating way. It has inspired me to read more classical literature and I will definitely being replicating some of the journeys taken by Henry Eliot. Highly recommended.

Landmarker5 ,

Visiting Yorick In Yorkshire

This was wonderful! I have never reviewed any podcast before but this visit to Coxwold and Shandy Hall and Lawrence Sterne’s Life and Adventures of Tristram Shandy was brilliant. In an ideal world you should visit the village and see the church memorial and hear Patrick Wildgust speak in person in the sitting room. But failing that possibility listen to this podcast and bring Sterne and his book to life.

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