Beautifully clear and, indeed, thrilling
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.
This is a highly readable, jargon-free treatise on a notoriously prickly subject. Bragg's affection for his subject is infectious.
What might be the best radio programme ever
Melvyn Bragg's matchless colloquies on Radio 4
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.
Always readable, often thought-provoking, and consistently entertaining.
Melvyn Bragg's consistently superb In Our Time
Bragg's excellent radio programmes on the subject ....are the basis of this history of English over the past 1,500 years.
These transcripts select a treasure-trove of discussions from a decade of the Radio 4 jewel.
'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.'
The best programme coming out of the entire corporation these days