I thoroughly enjoyed both the radio series and the book. The book was well-written, engaging and sufficiently intellectual without appearing too snobby or the author being too fascinated with the sound of his own 'voice'. This is history telling at its best. High recommended.
I faithfully listened to "The Invention of Childhood" which was (and is currently being) broadcast on BBC Radio 4. This is such an interesting topic and the the narrator, Michael Morpurgo, really captivates the listener. I actually came to the Amazon website to see if there was a compilation in book or audio format where I could have it all in one shot. So many people in our world today think that life as we know it now was always like this. This history of childhood tells us that many things we take for granted today (child support, orphanages, elimination of child labour, education for girls) are things that were nonexistent a century before. If you are at all interested in history, you must listen to this series.