Monday, February 04, 2013

The Power of Stories - BBC Radio Oxford Bookclub

Nigel French and I discussed books on the BBC Radio Oxford Afternoon Bookgroup this afternoon. We had a wide-ranging discussion with presenter Sybil Ruscoe, whizzing through independent bookselling, bookgroups, the 'Wolf Hall' phenomenon, 'Restless' (William Boyd) and some classic favorites: 'Birdsong' (Sebastian Faulks), 'A Spot of Bother' (Mark Haddon) and 'Carter Beats The Devil' (Glen David Gold).

We then talked about World Book Day coming up on March 7th, the importance of reading stories to children, and rounded it off with a couple of recommendations - including 'Heretics' by Will Storr, a quite brilliant book which explores how stories are how we see the world, and the implications of this in terms of how we see ourselves, and the narratives we construct.

Listen to the show here (which you can do until Feb 11) - you'll need to fast forward to 1 hour 9 mins to get to the start (although if you start at 1 hour 5 mins you get to hear Blondie's "Heart of Glass" as well!)...

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