Many thanks for such a large and enthusiastic ‘audience’ at the This is the BBC Holmes Service Official Online book launch at the Five Leaves Bookshop with my interviewer Dr. John Belbin, Chair, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. from Nottingham Trent University. Unfortunately due to technical glitches, no recording will be available.

Your next opportunity, Covid laws permitting, will be LIVE in front of an AUDIENCE c/o Lowdham Bookcase at 3pm on Sunday 27th June. Also, I’m pleased to announce that my BBC colleague, Frances Finn will be interviewing me. For tickets watch this space and / or Lowdham Bookcases’s website.

Exiting times are ahead!

As for the book, it covers my Essex childhood, the birth of BBC Radio Nottingham and its first 10 years. So there’s lots on local sport with Forest, County and Notts Cricket Clubs and Torvill & Dean. There’s also plenty on the local music scene at the time.. Later on you’ll find many anecdotes from my time at Radio 4, including Down Your Way, Any Questions?, The Natural History Unit, even The Archers. There’s also my television days on BBC-2, Midlands and East Midlands Today. 

It’s 340 pages long, in hardback, and costs £20  plus £3.20 p&p for UK, direct from me.

It is extra for postage abroad. Europe: £9.05 World Zone 1: £14.85

World Zone 2: £17.60 [this includes Australia and New Zealand] World Zone 3: £19.35  

Bank transfer details: Fragments Media,  Co-op Bank sort code 08-92-99 

A/C: 699 55 992

If you do fancy a copy, don’t forget to send an address to mail it to. 

I’m also sorry that the publishers will not allow me to discount it to friends.

STOP PRESS: It’s now available from The Lowdham Book Case and Five Leaves in Nottingham City Centre and lulub_1 gift shop and cafe, Hilton Crescent in West Bridgford

Reviews from readers are stunning:

James, Prof of Modern English and Drama at the University of Nottingham wrote:

What a wonderful book!  I’ve just reached the end of it and thought it was absolutely and utterly brilliant.  I genuinely learned so much.

I really think it should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in Nottingham, but also in the history of the BBC, the university, the Playhouse, British radio, or celebrity culture more broadly.  

From screenwriter William Ivory:

Book has arrived and  I‘m LOVING IT. 

John Maslen from the legendary Nottingham band Gaffa wrote: 

I have just finished your book, it really was a roller coaster ride of restlessly energetic proportions – that combination of technical grounding and massive creative energy rips out of the pages.