...meticulously documented... a magnificent chronicle. Laurie Taylor, THES An unalloyed treat... If Radio 4 is a great four-funnelled liner, radiating serene intelligence and self-control, this is the ship's secret logbook. Life on Air is a gem. Libby Purves, The Times Filled with riveting detail and anecdote, constantly illuminating ... endlessly engrossing. Stefan Collini, Guardian Review Hendy has explored those relating to Radio 4 in its first two decades very thoroughly indeed. Stefan Collini, Guardian Review Hendy's book will certainly sort the sheep from the goats among listeners Kate Chisholm, Daily Telegraph Hendy charts in masterly detail the improbable evolution of a network. John Tusa, Times Literary Supplement Hendy examines a many-faceted national treasure with the cool eye of a jeweller and the ardour of a proper fan. Libby Purves, The Tablet Revelatory. Advance praise from Ned Sherrin, broadcaster Eminently readable, utterly reliable, on occasions painfully frank, it is a joy to read. Advance praise from Gillian Reynolds, Radio Critic of the Daily Telegraph A tremendous read: impeccable research used with wit and insight about a national treasure. Advance praise from Jean Seaton, Official Historian of the BBC This is the reverse of sexed up. Valerie Grove, Literary Review [An] academically rigorous, but eminently readable book that rightly sub-titles itself A History of Radio 4 Jenni Murray, Daily Mail engrossing and highly entertaining reading...this is a rich book about a rich subject Camden New Journal [A] fine, meticulous history Financial Times There is a nugget of surprising and entertaining fact on every page. Lisa Mullen, Time Out
About the Author
David Hendy studied history at St Andrews and Oxford, before joining the BBC in 1987. For the next six years he worked 'worked in current affairs, producing series such as The World Tonight
on Radio Four. During his time at the BBC he worked on programmes covering the first Gulf War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as a range of domestic British political events. Since 1993, he has been teaching about broadcasting and media history at the University of Westminster in London, where he is currently Reader in Media and Communication. He continues to contribute to - and occasionally produce - radio programmes in Britain and overseas.