Village Books & The MCT present

An Evening with Radio 4’s Justin Webb

Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with Radio 4’s Justin Webb where he will be discussing his memoir The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and Other Train Wrecks.

Justin’s childhood was far from ordinary: Between his mother’s undiagnosed psychological problems, and his step father’s untreated ones, his life at home was dysfunctional. Life at a Quaker boarding school wasn’t much better with gun wielding school masters and sub standard living conditions.

And the backdrop to this coming of age story? Britain in the 1970s. Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Free. Strikes, inflation and IRA bombings. A time in which attitudes towards mental illness, parenting and masculinity were worlds apart from the attitudes we have today.

Candid, unsparing and darkly funny, Justin Webb's memoir is a portrait of personal and national dysfunction. Was it the brutal experiences of his upbringing, or an innate ambition and drive that shaped the urbane and successful radio presenter we know and love now?

'Justin is a great broadcaster because he sounds like a real human being. This hugely entertaining book helps explain why'. John Humphrys

Justin Webb is the longest serving presenter of BBC Radio 4 Today programme. For almost 40 years he has been the voice on the airwaves or a presence on our TV screens. He has reported from around the world and has won several awards including Political Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the Obama presidential campaign.

Book & Ticket £25 (Book RRP £16.99)
Standard ticket £10
Concessions £8

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