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Vic Gatrell - Conspiracy on Cato Street : Attempted revolution in Regency London

Vic Gatrell - Conspiracy on Cato Street : Attempted revolution in Regency London

May 27, 2022

David Freeman spoke to the Cambridge historian Vic Gatrell about his splendid book about a group of conspirators who attempted to bring revolution to London in 1820.

They failed but their story makes a compelling read. Not everything has changed in 200 years.

Nick  Duerden - Exit Stage Left : The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars

Nick Duerden - Exit Stage Left : The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars

May 24, 2022

Nick has interviewed loads and loads of pop people .... The KLF, Don McLean, Robbie Williams, Stuart Copeland, Adam Ant ...... the list goes on. David Freeman asked him about the task and some of the characters he met.

Simon Kuper - Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK

Simon Kuper - Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK

May 19, 2022

In this splendid but depressing book FT journalist Simon Kuper traces the idea of Brexit back to toffs in the Oxford Union in the late 1980s. Much food for thought.

Andrew Lownie - Traitor King : The Scandalous Exile of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor.

Andrew Lownie - Traitor King : The Scandalous Exile of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor.

May 18, 2022

As the UK celebrates the reign of Queen Elizabeth II this book tells the less than glorious story of her uncle and his wife.

As well as telling the historical story Andrew discusses the lessons that can be learned by the present Royal Family. Maybe food for thought for Andrew, Harry and Meghan.

 

Alyn Shipton - On Jazz

Alyn Shipton - On Jazz

May 13, 2022

David Freeman talked to Alyn about his new book and his life in jazz.  

The book is all about a passion for the music and the people who make it.

Timothy Good - UFOs

Timothy Good - UFOs

May 10, 2022

David Freeman, a UFO skeptic, met Timothy Good when his book Unearthly Disclosure was first published.

The conversation was friendly but honest and inquisitive!

 

Kate Grenville - The Idea of Perfection

Kate Grenville - The Idea of Perfection

May 9, 2022

The Australian novelist Kate Grenville won the Orange Prize for her novel 'The Idea of Perfection'

She talked to David Freeman when she was on a publicity tour in London. As an interviewee she was terrific on Australian men and concrete.

The book is entertaining and so is the author!

 

Celia Brayfield - Heartswap

Celia Brayfield - Heartswap

May 8, 2022

In this episode David Freeman talks to the author and academic Celia Brayfield about her novel 'Heartswap'.

The book comes in a pink cover and sells itself as a romantic comedy with links to Mozart ..... but maybe it's a little darker and more hard hearted than that?

 

 

Robin Dunbar - How Religion Evolved And Why it Endures

Robin Dunbar - How Religion Evolved And Why it Endures

May 3, 2022

Professor Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford. From his academic standpoint he charts the evolution of religion in all its many guises and forms.

Stephen P. Kershaw - Three Epic Battles that Saved Democracy

Stephen P. Kershaw - Three Epic Battles that Saved Democracy

April 22, 2022

When David Freeman talked to Dr Kershaw about his new book about battles in ancient Greece it seemed that the human desire for conflict is unchanged through human history.

Three Epic Battles that Saved Democracy is an entertaining and instructive read published by Robinson in spring 2022.

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