Plagiarism software more commonly used to check student essays for overly assiduous borrowings has uncovered a long-forgotten, handwritten document from 1576 as the possible source for more than 20 monologues and passages from Shakespeare’s plays.
Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is currently running as BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and the episodes can be heard on the BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09t89gc
The Word of Mouth programme (on English language) has most recently been given over to language and gender identity with an interview with C. N. Lester author of Trans Like Me.
See also the BBC book page which includes various authors and topics on BA and MA syllabuses: Muriel Spark, Frankenstein, book cover design, John Le Carre and Jane Austen.
A World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age, by Emmy J. Favilla; Bloomsbury, 400 pages, $26.
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, by Steven Pinker; Viking, 368 pages, $27.95.
Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page, by Sam Leith; Profile Books, 288 Pages, £14.99.