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Detail of the books in the Library at Dudmaston, Shropshire

Listen to all our literary-themed episodes from the National Trust Podcast and escape to an intriguing world of books and writers. Join curator, James Grasby as he explores how five of the places we care for helped shape the work of William Wordsworth, T.E. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw and Agatha Christie.

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Marking 100 years since the publication of Agatha Christie's first novel
Agatha Christie and her family sat outside of their holiday home Greenway

Episode 84: 100 years of mystery

While many of us are familiar with Agatha Christie’s characters, just how well do we know Agatha the person? As we celebrate 100 years of Agatha’s stories, we take a look back at the woman behind the books, and her grandson shares his memories of their holidays together at Greenway house in Devon.

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Shaw's House

Episode 28: Shaw's Corner

In this episode we discover Shaw’s Corner, former home of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Join us in an intimate look into the private life of one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights.

Pictures, books and other objects above the mantelpiece in the Study

Episode 30: The magic of Shaw's writing

In this mini episode, Producer Michael Friend explores his deep personal connection to George Bernard Shaw's writings, at Shaw's Corner in Hertfordshire.

A member of NT staff dressed in costume outside the front of Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Episode 31: Wordsworth's homes

In this episode we join National Trust curator, James Grasby on a journey into the homeland of Romantic poetry in the Lake District. We’ll explore the places that inspired one of the nation’s best loved poets, William Wordsworth.

A man reading the paper at Allan Bank in Grasmere

Episode 33: A place to create

In this mini episode, we head to Allan Bank – the former home of William Wordsworth – to see how the place continues to inspire and nurture today’s creative minds.

The house and surrounding garden at Greenway in winter

Episode 34: Agatha Christie at Greenway

In this episode we explore the Devonshire holiday home of the prolific crime writer, Agatha Christie. Not only was Greenway Christie’s place of rest and relaxation, it was the setting of three of her fictional murders.

Agatha Christie novels at Greenway, Devon

Episode 36: Greenway's literary legacy

In this mini episode, James Grasby meets Greenway's writer in residence, Roselle Angwin, and Community Involvement Officer, Carly Mays. He learns how Greenway continues to inspire writers today.

Clouds Hill is tucked away from the world

Episode 50: Lawrence of Arabia's woodland retreat

In this episode we’re at Clouds Hill, the rustic retreat of T.E. Lawrence. This dilapidated cottage is where Lawrence of Arabia fled his new-found fame, following his adventures in the desert during the First World War.

T E Lawrence's chair in the Book Room at Clouds Hill, Dorset

Episode 51: Lawrence of Arabia's famous friends

In this mini episode we’ll hear about the famous friends of T.E. Lawrence. From artists and writers like Thomas Hardy, to fellow soldiers from the army, Lawrence welcomed an array of visitors to his rustic retreat.