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The 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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The 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 is a literary podcast that takes a stroll around the world's favourite books. In each episode, author Henry Eliot travels to a different literary location to explore a brilliant book in the company of remarkable readers.
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    • 1 min
    The Mill on the Floss with Louis de Bernières

    The Mill on the Floss with Louis de Bernières

    George Eliot in Nuneaton. The novelist Louis de Bernières explores the landscape around Nuneaton in Warwickshire, the birthplace of Mary Ann Evans, or George Eliot. They discuss The Mill on the Floss, visiting the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery and the Griff House Beefeater, which was Eliot's childhood home and the inspiration for Dorlcote Mill in the novel. They also meet Adam Weaver, land agent of the Arbury Estate, the same position held by Eliot’s father.
     
    Penguin Classics edition of The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/60341/the-mill-on-the-floss/9780141439624.html
    Audiobook: https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/the-mill-on-the-floss/id1528313409?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=audio-books_the_mill_on_the_floss&ls=1
    Ebook: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-mill-on-the-floss/id374227455?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=books_the_mill_on_the_floss&ls=1 
    Louis de Bernières
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/1017789/louis-de-bernieres.html
     
    Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
    https://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/info/20038/museum_and_art_gallery/160/museum_and_art_gallery
     
    Griff House Beefeater
    https://www.beefeater.co.uk/en-gb/locations/warwickshire/griff-house
     
    The Arbury Estate
    https://arburyestate.co.uk/
     
    George Eliot walking tour of Nuneaton
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features/george-eliot/george-eliot-walking-tour.shtml

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    • 1 hr
    The Lonely Londoners with Susheila Nasta

    The Lonely Londoners with Susheila Nasta

    Sam Selvon in Bayswater. The author and editor Susheila Nasta, Selvon’s literary executor, coasts a lime around the Water with Henry. They discuss The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon, visiting Bayswater, Hyde Park and Piccadilly Circus, and discussing the experience of Caribbean migrants in 1950s London. They meet Howard Jeffery, Chairman of the Pepperpot Centre, a community centre for older Caribbean residents in west London.
     
    Penguin Modern Classics edition of The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57514/the-lonely-londoners/9780141188416.html
    Ebook: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-lonely-londoners/id913000990?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=books_the_lonely_londoners&ls=1
     
    Susheila Nasta
    https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sed/staff/nastas.html
    https://twitter.com/susheila_nasta
     
    Wasafiri
    https://www.wasafiri.org/
     
    The Pepperpot Centre
    https://www.pepperpotcentre.org.uk/

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Tristram Shandy with Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Tristram Shandy with Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Laurence Sterne in Coxwold. The screenwriter and children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, who wrote the screenplay for A Cock and Bull Story (the 2005 film adaptation of Tristram Shandy), digresses around the little village of Coxwold in North Yorkshire with Henry. They discuss Laurence Sterne’s novel and veer off on various tangents as they meander from St Michael’s Church, where Sterne was perpetual curate, to Shandy Hall, where he wrote most of Tristram Shandy. They meet the curator, Patrick Wildgust, who guides them through the eccentric building.
     
    Penguin Classics edition of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/60349/the-life-and-opinions-of-tristram-shandy--gentleman/9780141439778.html
    Audiobook: https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tristram-shandy-abridged/id1440419496?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=audio-books_tristram_shandy_%28abridged%29&ls=1
    Ebook: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-life-and-opinions-of-tristram-shandy-gentleman/id374433539?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=books_the_life_and_opinions_of_tristram&ls=1
     
    Frank Cottrell Boyce
    https://twitter.com/frankcottrell_b
     
    A Cock and Bull Story, dir. Michael Winterbottom
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423409/
     
    Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
    https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/frank-cottrellboyce/cosmic/9781529008777
     
    Shandy Hall & The Laurence Sterne Trust
    https://www.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/
     
    St Michael’s Church
    https://www.coxwoldvillage.org/index.php/coxwold-church-north-yorkshire-st-michael-and-all-angels

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mrs Dalloway with Alexandra Harris

    Mrs Dalloway with Alexandra Harris

    Virginia Woolf in Westminster. The biographer Alexandra Harris, author of Romantic Moderns (2010), haunts the streets of Westminster with Henry. They discuss Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, tracing the course of the novel as it unfolds over a single day, visiting Bond Street, Regent’s Park and Tavistock Square. They also meet Edgar Jones, Professor in the History of Medicine and Psychiatry at King’s College London, a leading authority on shell shock.
     
    Penguin Modern Classics edition of Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57014/mrs-dalloway/9780241436271.html
    Audiobook: https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/mrs-dalloway/id1479197958?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=audio-books_mrs_dalloway&ls=1
    Ebook: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/mrs-dalloway/id374213135?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=books_mrs_dalloway&ls=1
     
    Alexandra Harris
    https://www.alexandraharris.co.uk/
    https://twitter.com/alexhharris
     
    Romantic Moderns by Alexandra Harris
    https://thamesandhudson.com/romantic-moderns-english-writers-artists-and-the-imagination-9780500251713
     
    Virginia Woolf by Alexandra Harris
    https://thamesandhudson.com/woolf-9780500515921
     
    Edgar Jones
    https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/edgar-jones

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Canterbury Tales with Patience Agbabi

    The Canterbury Tales with Patience Agbabi

    Geoffrey Chaucer in Kent. The poet and performer Patience Agbabi, author of Telling Tales (2014), makes a pilgrimage from Southwark to Canterbury with Henry. They discuss The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer as they travel by train, stopping off at Dartford and Rochester, covering Chaucer’s life and times, poetry and pilgrims, including the Knight, the Miller, the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner. In Canterbury they meet David Herd, co-founder of Refugee Tales, an annual public walk that raises awareness around indefinite immigration detention.
    Penguin Classics editions of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/33721/the-canterbury-tales/9780140422344.html
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/33858/the-canterbury-tales/9780140424386.html
    Audiobook: https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/the-canterbury-tales/id1480679536?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=audio-books_the_canterbury_tales&ls=1
    Ebook: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-canterbury-tales/id374504153?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=books_the_canterbury_tales&ls=1
    Patience Agbabi
    https://twitter.com/patienceagbabi
    Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi
    https://canongate.co.uk/books/2125-telling-tales/
    Refugee Tales
    https://www.refugeetales.org/
    https://commapress.co.uk/books/refugee-tales
    David Herd
    https://www.kent.ac.uk/english/people/91/www.kent.ac.uk/english/people/91/herd-david

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

Midi Berry ,

Breathing New Life into Classical Air

Hats off to Henry Eliot and Penguin Classics for this original, informative and atmospheric podcast. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Those of us invited to revisit a longtime classical favorite gain something fresh and entertaining from the depth of research and background knowledge. Those who are new to the story receive enough (without spoilers) to whet their appetite for more. The format and pace are lively: music and sound add subtle effects, without ever becoming intrusive. A great new series!

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