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".





 

11 comments:

  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.

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  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...

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

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  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.

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  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
    thanks!

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  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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