Start reading From Our Own Correspondent on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

From Our Own Correspondent: A Celebration of Fifty Years of the BBC Radio Programme

From Our Own Correspondent: A Celebration of Fifty Years of the BBC Radio Programme [Kindle Edition]

Tony Grant
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: £5.39 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.39  
Hardcover --  
Paperback --  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Product Description


Shows the wonderfully diverse range of styles and subjects. (Metro London)

...the best dispatches and there is a great mix, ranging from hard-hitting to quirky personal stories. (Belfast Telegraph)

You don't lose the detail in FOOC: it luxuriates in full, florid complexity. (Guardian)

You must read From Our Own Correspondent: 50 years of dispatches from the Radio 4 programme, displaying its depth, variety and brilliance (Sunday Times)

Product Description

The flagship Radio 4 programme From Our Own Correspondent gives Britain's most celebrated reporters the chance to describe much more than they can in a normal report: context, history and characters encountered en route. And for the fiftieth anniversary of the programme Profile collected together the programme's best pieces. From Our Own Correspondent has been one of BBC Radio 4's flagship programmes for fifty years. And this book, containing dispatches from all around the world, shows why FOOC, as it is affectionately known, has become such a well-known and much-loved institution. It contains not only the observations of journalists covering the big news events of the day, but also their personal insights into how people around the world live their lives. There are dispatches from Misha Glenny in Russia, Mark Tully in India, Charles Wheeler in the USA, Jeremy Vine in the Congo, Ben Brown in Zimbabwe and Orla Guerin in the West Bank. All offer a unique perspective describing the background to events around the world as they happen.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 660 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; New edition edition (9 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00371V9T0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thinking global traveller's book 13 Aug 2005
By "zb26"
Coming from probably the best world affairs programme on radio
today, it is not surpising that this book will capture those
readers who have a real interest in world affairs and also those
who travel extensively and interest themselves more in people, places and current events, than beach and sun holidays.
The collective knowledge and experiences of all the contributors
to this book is stagering and makes it the number one thinking travelers book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is REAL news, the people behind the newsdesks and the newswires, the correspondents in faraway places with strange sounding names who craft these taut, compelling and curious five minute despatches, detailing forgotten horrors, local heroes, and heartbreaking atrocities that never make the news mainstream. Truth, as the cliche goes is all here, and yes, stranger than any fiction. One of the few journalistic books that made me cry. By turns beautiful, wry, astonishing, infuriating, bizarre yet ultimately redemptive, these dispatches remain an uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit. Watch the news on Television? More can be learned about the world with these compact volumes than a dozen News bulletins.

Buy for an unputdownable human experience.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 4 Jan 2012
By Corpora
A wonderful collection - FOOC is possibly the most underrated programme on R4. As a format it has been criticised for its lack of scholarly depth and its simplification of complex moral and cultural issues, but what this book shows is that its main aim is to act as an evocation and personal reflection of the way in which these issues are understood in local contexts by citizens of the countries in question. There are some outstanding journalists on offer here (Caroline Wyatt on Russia is particularly worthy of notice), who understand the more difficult issues which they touch on but use the format to give us a sense of the opinion of citizens who are often overlooked in more traditional journalistic formats. The archive includes such heavyweights as Charles Wheeler and Gerald Priestland. It is sadly out of print, but currently available for 1p used - a bargain for such an incredible collection.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy purchase 1 Sep 2005
By A Customer
FOOC was always a gleaming corpuscule amidst the airwaves of the world, now you can have it printed and bound in your hands. History books portray nations as overall tapestries - this book provides a thread that weaves through them all.
Was this review helpful to you?

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category