Saturday, October 11, 2014
Book Spotlight: For the Love of Radio 4 - An Unofficial Companion
I've been living here in England for eight and a half years. When I arrived it was interesting to explore new television shows and the radio offerings available. One thing that I took to immediately was BBC Radio 4. In the early days I was often on my own a lot because I didn't know anyone here, so having the comforting, continuing sound of another voice in the house was great. I learned a lot about this new country that I was living in from listening every day. Over time, I've found a few favorite shows that I listen to all the time, such as Woman's Hour and Book at Bedtime.
Recently, I've had the chance to read a book called For the Love of Radio 4 - An Unofficial Companion by Caroline Hodgson. It's absolutely wonderful! It's a pure treat for regular Radio 4 listeners and it's a great source of information for those who are new listeners. The book is filled with history, fact, and figures about BBC Radio 4 and it's one of those books that you can dip into whenever you like. There isn't the pressure to read it all in one sitting, but it's enjoyable if that's what you want to do.
For the Love of Radio 4 is filled with information that covers entertainment, the arts, news, politics, and the many various subjects that are covered on Radio 4. Caroline Hodgson does a wonderful job of celebrating the best of Britain's premier spoken word station. This is a trip through the history of the key personalities and various programmes that have been broadcast on the airwaves for many years.
With Christmas coming up, this is the perfect stocking filler, especially for the Radio 4 listener on your list.
For the Love of Radio 4 is available now. You can find out more about the book and purchase it here.
*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.