30 August 2010

God Bless the BBC

My friend Steve posted this link on his Facebook page. It is a collection of British novelist interviews from the BBC Archives now available for listening online.

Forster, Bowen, Huxley, Wodehouse, Woolf, Murdoch, Isherwood, Spark, Drabble, McEwan...

I can't wait to listen to these. Check them out here.

8/31 UPDATE: So far I have listened to Maugham, Bowen, Forster, Wodehouse, and Isherwood. They are fascinating, not just because of who is being interviewed, but the formats vary quite a bit as well.  And for Spinal Tap fans you might notice that the volume control on the BBC media player goes to "eleven".



  1. Wow, thanks for posting the links, Thomas. I will enjoy listening to these interviews but I know how much you will especially enjoy them and am happy for you.

  2. Brilliant! I will certainly give these a go. The other day I heard Sylvia Plath's voice for the first time and the similiarities between hers and my mothers gave me absolute shivers...

  3. Oh Wow Thomas! I'll definitely be listening to these the moment I get some free time. Thanks for posting!

  4. M Denise C: Like a kid in a candy store except everything is free.

    Daniel: The voices are one of the more fascinating aspects of what I have heard so far. Elocution has evolved (devolved) greatly since most of these recordings were made.

    Mrs. B: I am sure you will enjoy them.

  5. God bless the BBC~well, I heartily agree with you.
    It was a great day when I discovered how easy it was
    to gain internet access to BBC Radio 4. The interviews
    by Mariella Frostrop in her Open Book programme never fail to edify and delight. But I hadn't known about
    those archives until reading this post, for which, many

  6. Darn, how did I miss this? Thank you so much for posting it. I want to listen to Elizabeth Bowen.

  7. Thank you so much! I've just stripped off my rubber gloves for a respite from cleaning house and am so excited to have this link to come back to later!

  8. Toby: Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all that is available online from the BBC. I never quite know what to listen to first.

    Vintage Reading: I quite enjoyed the Bowen. Seemed more of a lecture than an interview.

    Darlene: Well I am glad you are taking a break from cleaning.

  9. Fabulous! Thanks so much for posting this, I'm off to check it out right now.

  10. Amen to that, Thomas: the BBC has it's critics, but I for one think it's one of the best things we Brits ever did!

  11. Ash: You will love it.

    Teadevotee: The Brits have done a few things worth applauding, but I think I would agree it is one of the best.


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