In Our Time: A companion to the Radio 4 series Hardcover – 17 Sep 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!'
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
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent- I am surprised they have only done one of these. Be good to get some illustrations to brighten up!Published 20 months ago by NC1
great to accompany the series- good read- may not be everyones cup of tea- but I am very pleased with it-would recommendPublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by newtricks
No complaints .Everything w a s just absolutely , astoundingly, amazingly, fantastic as I could possibly have dreamt for all my lifePublished on 14 July 2013 by June Freyne
Very informative, interesting and a wide range of subjects.
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