Literary podcasts playlist

Detail of the books in the Library at Dudmaston, Shropshire

Listen to our literary-themed episodes from the National Trust Podcast, and explore how places we care for helped to shape the work of William Wordsworth, T.E. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw and Agatha Christie.

Agatha Christie and her family sat outside of their holiday home Greenway

100 years of mystery

2020 marked 100 years since Christie’s first novel was published. Hear her grandson share his memories of the Queen of Crime.

The house and surrounding garden at Greenway in winter

Agatha Christie at Greenway

Discover Greenway: the holiday home of crime writer Agatha Christie, which also inspired the settings for three of her fictional murders.

Agatha Christie novels at Greenway, Devon

Greenway's literary legacy

In this mini episode Greenway's 2017 writer in residence, Roselle Angwin, reveals how this special place continues to inspire writers.

Shaw's House

Shaw's Corner

Discover Shaw’s Corner and take a look into the private life of its former owner: the celebrated playwright George Bernard Shaw.

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

The magic of Shaw's writing

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

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

Wordsworth's homes

Take a journey to the Lake District and discover the places that inspired one of the nation’s best loved poets, William Wordsworth.

A man reading the paper at Allan Bank in Grasmere

A place to create

This mini episode explores William Wordsworth's former home Allan Bank, to see how it inspires today’s creative minds.

Clouds Hill is tucked away from the world

Lawrence of Arabia's woodland retreat

Retreat to Clouds Hill, the cottage where T.E. Lawrence fled his new-found fame after his desert adventures 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

Hear about the friends that visited T.E. Lawrence at Clouds Hill, from artists and writers like Thomas Hardy to fellow soldiers.