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In Our Time

In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time series regularly enlightens and entertains substantial audiences on BBC Radio 4. For this book he has selected episodes which reflect the diversity of the radio programmes, and takes us on an amazing tour through the history of ideas, from philosophy, physics and history to religion, literature and biology.

We can discover the reasons for the fall of the Byzantine empire, and why women were persecuted as witches in the seventeenth century. What happened in the peasants’ revolt? What shape is the origin of life? Where does our calendar come from? We can unearth the influence of great Islamic thinkers, prime numbers, Socrates and Tectonic plates.

Melvyn Bragg orchestrates the ideas of leading academics in each field so that the dynamic and lively discussion from the programmes comes through vividly on the page. In Our Time brings to life the signposts of history, the moments that significantly changed the world as we know it, and the individuals and ideas that made us what we are today.
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Genre: Humanities / History / General & World History

On Sale: 21st December 2011

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781444742855

Reviews

Beautifully clear and, indeed, thrilling
<i>Waterstone's Books Quarterly</i> on <i>The Adventure of English</i>
Melvyn Bragg's superb new history of the English language is told as an adventure story, and rightly so. There is much splendid intellectual firepower in this book.
Andrew Roberts, <i>Spectator</i> on <i>The Adventure of English</i>
This is a highly readable, jargon-free treatise on a notoriously prickly subject. Bragg's affection for his subject is infectious.
<i>Observer</i> on <The Adventure of English</i>
What might be the best radio programme ever
Oliver Burkeman, <i>Guardian</i>
Melvyn Bragg's matchless colloquies on Radio 4
Stephen Fry
Bragg's approachable account...gleams with little gems. His enthusiasm is appealing...he digs beneath modernity and examines our bedrock with a sympathetic eye. It has power and clarity...this adventure is rewarding.
<i>Sunday Herald</i> on <i>The Adventure of English</i>
Always readable, often thought-provoking, and consistently entertaining.
<i>Independent</i> on <i>The Adventure of English</i>
Melvyn Bragg's consistently superb In Our Time
John Banville
Bragg's excellent radio programmes on the subject ....are the basis of this history of English over the past 1,500 years.
<i>Guardian</i> on <i>The Adventure of English</i>
These transcripts select a treasure-trove of discussions from a decade of the Radio 4 jewel.
the <i>Independent</i>
'there's no doubt that his broadcasting has provided an increasingly rare and valuable service in our anti-intellectual culture by supplying spaces to think. <i>In Our Time</i> is by far the best example of his contribution.'
<i>Guardian</i>
The best programme coming out of the entire corporation these days
David Sexton, <i>Sunday Telegraph</i>