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As the world of analogue listening fades, Charlie Connelly takes stock of the history of radio and its place in our lives as one of the very few genuinely shared national experiences. He explores its geniuses, crackpots and charlatans who got us to where we are today, and remembers its voices, personalities and programmes that helped to form who we are as individuals and as a nation. He visits the key radio locations from history, and looks at its vital role over the past century on both national and local levels.
Part nostalgic eulogy, part social history, part travelogue, Last Train To Hilversum is Connelly's love letter to radio, exploring our relationship with the medium from its earliest days to the present in an attempt to recreate and revisit the world he entered on his childhood evenings on the dial as he set out on the radio journey of a lifetime.
About the Author
Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author, award-winning broadcaster and popular public speaker. Three of his books have featured as Radio 4's Book of the Week. He has written for most of the UK and Irish national newspapers and a range of magazines from The Oldie to Outdoor Fitness, as well as comedy scripts for BBC radio and RTE radio in Ireland and documentaries for BBC Radio 4 on subjects as diverse as the poetry of Noel Coward and the legendary cricket coach Alf Gover. The audio version of his bestselling Attention All Shipping came second in a public vote to find the greatest audiobook of all time organised by Waterstone's and the Guardian. Romeo and Juliet was third, which Charlie takes as official confirmation that he's better than Shakespeare.
“Utterly charming - witty, warm, tender, deeply evocative and so intelligently written. Charlie's voice is as clear, sonorous and assured as the sound of the Shipping Forecast during a sleepless night.” Daisy Buchanan, author and journalist
“A joy to read.” Observer
“Charlie Connelly proves to be an enthusiastic and entertaining guide to radio's history, personalities and hallowed sites. His book is a heartfelt and funny celebration.” Guardian
“Charlie is a great writer: warm, funny and engaging. I was so struck after reading his books that I actually sent him a fan letter and I've never done that to anyone in my life before. His books are always a great read.” Bernard Sumner, musician and founding member of Joy Division and New Order
ISBN: 9781408889992 ISBN-10: 1408889994 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 112 Published: 4th March 2019 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 0.65