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Radio: A True Love Story

By Libby Purves

  • Paperback
  • £7.99

A sharp and revealing, and at times hilarious memoir of Libby's own experiences woven into the story of radio's birth and development.

Libby Purves has had an ongoing love affair with the radio since her childhood, when she saved her pocket money to buy a d-i-y 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'. Her enthusiasm lasted through the teenage years of Radio Luxemburg and pirate station Caroline and while at university, Libby 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 past thirty years have seen Libby as one of the most successful and popular BBC Radio 4 broadcasters, with a string of credits to her name including the Today programme, Midweek and The Learning Curve. She takes us behind the scenes of these programmes with amusing and entertaining anecdotes about the personalities involved, near-disasters and triumphs, and also makes an impassioned plea for continued funding and support for radio.

Biographical Notes

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780340822425
  • Publication date: 12 May 2003
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
You will love this book however slim your knowledge of radio. — Devon Today
an insightful account of the history of the medium — Press Gazette
The must-read . . . Always fascinating and, at times, vey funny indeed. — Woman & Home
Frank without being catty. — Lincolnshire Echo
Does for radio what Joanne Harris did for chocolate — Lynne Truss, Sunday Times
This book has a ready-made readership among dedicated Radio 4 listeners. — Sunday Telegraph
studded with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes . . . Passionate, engaging and entertaining — The Times
Always fascinating and, at times, very funny indeed. — Woman & Home
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