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Week 1:The 21 Steps

with Charles Cumming

"I was the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

One minute, Rick Blackwell is sightseeing at St. Pancras in London; the next, he's caught up in a conspiracy that takes him far away from home. Rick needs to use all his skills to find out why a dying stranger seemed to know his name - and to stay alive. In this homage to The 39 Steps, Charles Cumming takes us on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure written and designed for Google Maps.

Week 2:Slice

with Toby Litt

"Oh I've been a bad girl, a very bad girl..."

Lisa (Slice to her friends) has moved to London with her parents to separate her from 'bad influences'. Coming from the states Slice is immediately intrigued by the creepy old house they move into. But are her suspicions that the house is haunted well-founded, or is it her teenage over-imagination at work? Discover the truth as the story develops, in Toby Litt's reworking of the M.R. James classic The Haunted Dolls' House.

Week 3:Fairy Tales

with Kevin Brooks

Once upon a time ...

... there was a fairy tale, a story of castles, forests, princesses, giants and dragons. If you go down to the woods today you can customize and share your very own fairy tale with bestselling storyteller Kevin Brooks guiding you along a dark path.

Choose the names of the characters, choose their adversaries, shape their adventure and then share the customized story. This fairy tale is specially for you.

Week 4:Your Place and Mine

with Nicci French

The story of a relationship. Written Live, Mon-Fri 6.30PM

This week, from Monday 7th to Friday 11th, bestselling authors Nicci French perform a high-wire act of storytelling. For an hour every night they will write the story of Laurence and Terry - and you can witness the story being created, live and in realtime.

Week 5:Hard Times

with Matt Mason & Nicholas Felton

Hard Times for Our Times - the infographic edition

Today's teenagers are bombarded by media every waking second of their lives - media of their own and others' creation. In this reworking of the Dickens classic Hard Times, Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma, and graphic designer Nicholas Felton take a snapshot of global teenage life and the world they live in.

Week 6:The (Former) General

with Mohsin Hamid

There are always at least two ways to tell a story...

For his first fiction since the Booker Prize-shortlisted The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid has taken his inspiration from the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights. In this story, Hamid writes about the melancholic meanderings of a former general's life. Choose a path round his palace, and shape the story as he considers his role and listens to the tales of his loyal aide.