BBC Radio 4 Book Club: 179 episodes now available online
February 12, 2013 11:44 AM Subscribe
posted by Paul Slade (8 comments total)
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This 30-minute programme's been on Radio 4, the BBC's premier speech radio station, since 1998. Books are announced a month in advance, giving listeners a chance to read the chosen title before the discussion. James Naughtie then interviews the book's author about it in front of an audience of his (or her) readers, who also put questions of their own. My favourites from the programme's archive include Alan Bennet (Writing Home
), Clive James (Unreliable Memoirs
), Douglas Adams (a 1 hour special on Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
), Elmore Leonard (Rum Punch
), James Ellroy (Black Dahlia
), PJ O'Rourke (Holidays in Hell
) and Stephen Fry (The Hippopotamus
). No doubt you'll have your own.
The only snag is that the site's organised by date of broadcast rather than the alphabetical list of authors you really want. The effort required is well worth it, however, and podcasts are also available.