I’ve just come off the phone to BBC Oxford having done my radio review for them as part of their monthly Book Club feature. Phew! For my part, I felt it went really well – although in reality I probably talked far too much!
Sitting waiting for the phone to ring was nervewracking, especially as the presenter Jo Thoenes gave me a big build up, and the butterflies were well and truly fluttering. But once it rang and I was put through to the studio, Jo put me at my ease, and after a brief chat we moved into the review. A chap from the Book House in Summertown, Oxford called Brian also commented, (the bookshop is next door to BBC Oxford and he does a lot more reviews for them). After a slightly shaky start where I was trying to explain the size and scope of the book, I got quite into it. I didn’t dry, cough, or stumble, although I did butt in on Brian (sorry!) to get my pennyworth in – but I was on the phone so couldn’t see them. I’ll write up a full review of the book soon.
It was brilliant fun, and if you fancy a go in the future click here for details, they’re looking for a local reviewer for next month – the book choices include the new Philippa Gregory which is about Mary Queen of Scots.
It’ll be available on Listen Again by teatime. Dare I listen to myself later? It might be too cringemaking, however enjoyable the experience was!