Post-9/11 New York, eccentric farmers, and Victorian anarchists
Profile #9: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Profile by Simone Haysom.
While his war-damaged grandparents write letters of searing loss which they will never send, a young boy knocks on the doors of strangers in post-9/11 New York to find a box that only one key can open.
Profile #10: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Profile by Siân Cleaver.
The adventures of the young, determined and sophisticated Flora Poste as she goes about transforming the chaotic lives of her rural relatives, the Starkadders, on their run-down farm in deepest Sussex.
Profile #11: The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Profile by Ann Morgan.
Based on a true story, The Secret Agent examines the events behind a mysterious and fatal explosion in 1886. When a new man takes charge at a London embassy, sleeper agent Adolf Verloc is suddenly called upon to shake the British Establishment by detonating a bomb at Greenwich Observatory.