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Updated 29 Oct 2014
Inspired by the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books, we have produced a collection of free eBooks for you to download and enjoy.

Outside the book

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
Delve into the surprising world of literary theory with these five quirky animations, narrated by comedian Josie Long. 

Outside the book: The book

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
What is a book? From scrolls and paperbacks to e-books, this video portrays the history and future of books. 

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Approaching poetry

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of...

What is poetry?

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This unit is designed to illustrate the techniques behind both the...

Approaching plays

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to get more out of drama? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays....