Radio Head: Up and Down the Dial of British Radio Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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About the Author
John Osborne graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2004. He has taught English in Austria and Germany, and has had poetry published in the Guardian and the Spectator. Radio Head is his first book.
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The author chooses a different radio station each day and writes down his thoughts about the presenters, the discussions and the music played.
He does much of this from while supposedly going about his mind-numbing daily job (data-inputting), and also describes his crush on Poppy, a woman working on the other side of the office.
There are also some interviews with people involved in radio (Mark Radcliffe, Nicholas Parsons, etc.), which provide welcome interludes and some useful context.
It's gentle, funny and oddly compelling stuff. Pretty good idea for a book, too. Has anyone else done this before?
Osborne is a genial, humorous commentator, intertwining the narrative of his listening project with the daily aspects of his life - his rather mundane job, his co-workers and his personal aspirations - as he gets involved with local radio and the research interviews that would eventually become part of the book. Much of the time he lets transcribed excerpts from the programmes he listens to do the talking, followed by his reactions to them - far more interesting than it sounds and quite an effective idea.
"Radio Head" is unlikely to change your world to any extent, but Osborne's enthusiasm and genuine love of radio make this a far more rewarding read than it might appear on first consideration.
A gently absorbing book, worth picking up.
As the background narrative progressed I found I had broadly similar opinions to the author, which naturally has had a positive effect on my opinion of his book.
I don't want to give anything away, but the author meets interesting radio people, which elevates the book from 'They played this song' to a thoughtful look into the world of broadcasting.
As with any non-fiction book I buy it because I hope to learn something new - this book was very successful in that. Informative and pleasing to read. I'm very pleased I bought this book, I've no hesitation in recommending it.
The author is a graduate of the University of East Anglia and has taught in schools in Austria and Germany and is currently working on a second book
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...and how well written. Really loved this book but loved his others even more (so I am going to take extra time to add similar compliments for these books). Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Nick
This was bought as a Christmas present for my brother-in-law. I hope he enjoyed it.
I had looked at several books with a similar theme but this one seemed the best written,... Read more
We heard John Osborne's truncated version on BBC Radio 4, we went to see him do his John Peel's Shed show live, and now I'm taking this book away to read on holiday.Published on 27 Sept. 2013 by g hendry
My daughter Izzie bought me this book after seeing the author at Green Man. Was a fairly entertaining read although the writer is a lot more forgiving and accepting of some of the... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
Fun, well written read. Also saw his John Peels Shed show; check it out; another great piece of work from John OsbournePublished on 2 Nov. 2012 by Calculonsback