Best of from Our Own Correspondent

Geoff Spink, Editor, George Spink, Editor, Brian Redhead, Foreword by
Geoff Spink, Editor, George Spink, Editor, Brian Redhead, Foreword by I. B. Tauris & Company $18.95 (288p) ISBN 978-1-85043-783-3
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
These 87 radio essays from the BBC's popular program From Our Own Correspondent exemplify good radio reporting: an appreciation for anecdote, attitude and language, often with a tonic British edge. The selections, from 1992 and 1993, span the world, with little emphasis on stories from Great Britain and the United States, though even those observations--a Washington reporter drolly cites an American ``collective aversion to smallness''--are worthy. Some subjects lend themselves particularly well to radio: a Moscow reporter tells of the linguistic revolution made by Russia's absorption of English terms; a Delhi correspondent tells of a backward country whose press is lost in quaint, outdated words like ``scoundrels.'' Some stories are offbeat: a Spanish correspondent calls the Galicians ``consummate smugglers''; an Angola reporter tells of the surreal street vending of stolen goods. Other are personal and memorable: a South African correspondent recalls weeping at the sight of dead children; a reporter back from the Balkans reflects on how his colleagues cope with frustration, disgust and loathing. Spink is the producer of the program. (Mar.)
The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!