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In Our Time: A companion to the Radio 4 series Hardcover – 17 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340977507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340977507
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 23.9 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Published to tie-in with the new series of the fascinating BBC Radio 4 programme, In Our Time guides us through the most significant moments in our history.

About the Author

Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.


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Imagine entering a room unobserved and listening in to conversations on a host of different subjects ranging from the Calendar, Socrates, the Peasants Revolt, Darwin, Black Holes, Alchemy and The Field of the Cloth of Gold, by a number of acknowledged experts on each particular subject.
This book, the contents of which have been garnered, from a selection of the BBC Radio 4 programme "In Our Time' is not only entertaining but accesses the reader to a diverse range of ideas and knowledge.
If you enjoy the programme, and there are many who do, this book is an excellent record and supplement to it.
If you are new to it, this book will not disappoint an enquiring mind and complete the gaps on many topics and provoke thoughts, long after you have finished reading it.
I loved the book and recommend it.
Go on -give your brain a 'work-out!'
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Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of the Lord Bragg chaired wirless discussion programme IN OUR TIME but in collecting transcripts of these discussions into book form, one begins to see the shortcomings of the process.

Other reviewers have commented on the absence of conclusions to each subject. On the wireless, Lord Bragg and his pals seldom have time to fully round out or sum up. This discursive quality makes for excellent wirless listening - the discussions are oftener than not live - but they create imbalance when read on the page.

Nevertheless, there is some excellent material in here
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When listening to the series on the radio I have found Melvyn Braggs's interjections sometimes irritating and unitelligible. As a result of my comments, I was bought this book as a present and, although I have found many of the contributions in the book fascinating and enlightening, there are many that remain as obscure as when I first listened to them. My conclusion is that, while many of the debates are entertaining, there is no substitute (if one is interested) to a properly considered and presented book on the subject. This book is difficult to read as it is virually verbatum what the contributers say and, as we all know, written and spoken language is quite different. The book is quite entertianing but, to get the best of it, one should just pick the subjects of interest and ignore the rest. For an avid book reader, this can be difficult!
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Format: Hardcover
'In Our Time' is probably the most intellectually stimulating programme on Radio 4 and several hundred have been broadcast since 1998. Melvyn Bragg brings together leading academics in their particular field to discuss an eclectic range of subjects. This enlightening book selects 26 programmes(listed a-z) which give a fair reflection of the diversity of 'In Our Time' with topics ranging from Antimatter & The Peasant's Revolt to The Origins of Life & Shakespeare's Language. My only complaint is the the omission of the discussion on Karl Marx which seems rather surprising as he was voted the 'Greatest Philosopher' by 'In Our Time' listeners in 2005.
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Not really a review of the book, but rather a note that the BBC has now released all the In Our Time archive on its website. A fantastic resource for all to dip into.
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Format: Audio CD
If you like the radio program then you should like this book. I found the content excellent but there were one or two things that niggled.

Firstly there were quite a few typos. Secondly I didn't like the way that each piece just seemed to finish in mid air without any closing remarks. Were these transcripts of whole programs? How much was edited out? I managed to read each piece in about half an hour for a 45 minute program.

The choice of programs was good though I thought it unnecessary to have 4 Darwin programs, especially as they were all quite weak. They could all have been replaced with 4 different programs.

Finally a bibliography or further reading section would have been nice.

On the whole though, an interesting and informative read. By the way, has anybody considered how easy it would be to put all the IOT programs in a book? All you really need is an audio-typist (do such things still exist?). Imagine that, a volume for each series. What a fantastic resource!
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This is exactly what was wanted as a present for someone who heard and liked the radio series. So allows more careful reading of those programmes that were heard and, of course, catching up with ths missed
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I really enjoy In Our Time and make use of the episodes available online however I thought it would be good to have several on CD for a long journey I was going to be making. I anticipated that it would be several episodes on various subjects in their usual format (Bragg with several academics discussing a topic in the studio) which is a mistake on my part as it is clearly does say "The Darwin Programmes" I got over this disappointment and was eager to learn more about Darwin, however it was not in the usual format that I enjoy, I distinctly remember Mr Bragg in a river for a substantial part of the CD.
I gave up after what felt like quite a while however if you are interested in Darwin and not too attached to the traditional format of In our Time I am sure it will be an enjoyable purchase.
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