Listen in: Lives of Houses

Listen in: Lives of Houses

By Kate Kennedy and Hermione Lee

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What can a house tell us about the person who lives there? Do we shape the buildings we live in, or are we formed by the places we call home? And why are we especially fascinated by the houses of the famous and often long-dead? In Lives of Houses, a group of notable biographers, historians, critics, and poets explores these questions and more through fascinating essays on the houses of great writers, artists, composers, and politicians of the past.

We’re pleased to offer a sample chapter from the new audiobook of Lives of Houses.


Lives of Houses is narrated by Kate Kennedy, Hermione Lee, Lisa Coleman, Phyllida Nash, and Richard Pryal.

About the Authors

Kate Kennedy, a writer and broadcaster, is the Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and a Research Fellow in Life-Writing at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Hermione Lee is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oxford. Her books include biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, and Penelope Fitzgerald.

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