Radio: A True Love Story

Radio: A True Love Story

by Libby Purves (Author)


Libby Purves has had an ongoing love affair with the radio since her childhood, when she saved her pocket money to buy a DIY transistor set. This was the 1950s, pre-television, when the family would gather round the "wireless" to listen to classic shows such as "The Glums" and "Listen With Mother". Libby's enthusiasm lasted through the teenage years of Radio Luxemburg and pirate station Caroline, and while at university she answered an ad for student volunteers for Radio Oxford. From then on she was hooked and entered the BBC as a trainee Programme Operations Assistant. The next 30 years saw her as one of the most successful and popular BBC Radio 4 broadcasters, working on "The Today Programme", "Midweek" and "The Learning Curve". In this book, she takes readers behind the scenes of these programmes with anecdotes about the personalities involved, near-disasters and triumphs, and also makes a plea for continued funding and support for the radio.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Published: 07 Nov 2002

ISBN 10: 0340822414
ISBN 13: 9780340822418

Media Reviews
On A FREE WOMAN: 'Most gripping... erupts with extraordinary and unexpected force.' - David Shukman, Daily Mail 'Purves tackles a number of topical issues head-on, while astutely depicting family life' - Woman & Home 'Clever, humane, elegant and wise. Like the Dutch masters, who saw beauty in a woman sewing, or cracking eggs, and whose calm elegance her prose recalls, she sees the fragility and strangeness that are present in even the most commonplace of lives, if only one knows how to look.' - Jane Shilling, The Times 'Families are funny things - in real life, as in the novels of Libby Purves... Still, all's well that ends well - as things usually do in the novels of the perceptive Ms Purves.' - Evening Mail 'Emotional fireworks... will keep you guessing right up until the end.' - B Magazine
Author Bio
Libby Purves is a writer and also a broadcaster who has presented the talk programme Midweek on Radio 4 since 1984 and formerly presented Today. She is a main columnist on the Times and in 1999 was named the Granada What the Papers Say Columnist of the Year, and awarded a O.B.E for services to journalism. She lives in Suffolk with her husband the broadcaster and writer Paul Heiney, and their two teenage children. Her books on family life, How Not to Be a Perfect Mother, How Not to Raise a Perfect Child and How Not to Be a Perfect Family have been widely translated. Her compendium Nature's Masterpiece appeared in 1999 to complete the work. She also wrote One Summer's Grace, an account of a voyage around Britain in a small sailing boat with her husband and two small children in 1988.