Delve into an extraordinary archive of talks with BBC Radio 4’s Reith Lectures.
A time capsule into how much the world has changed over the last seven decades, they chart Britain’s shifting values and place in the world, from the decline of the British Empire in the ’50s, to the rise of teen culture in the ’60s to joining the European project in the ’70s. But they also show remarkable foresight, with talks about the age of the automaton and climate change that only now can be fully appreciated for their prescience.
Right up to the present day, the Reith Lectures have delighted audiences across the world, with recent lecturers including Hilary Mantel on how stories can bring the dead back to life, Grayson Perry on whether ‘anything goes’ when it comes to art, and Stephen Hawking on why black holes aren’t black.
Gathering together the Reith transcripts together for the very first time, this is a rich and remarkable collection that will make an ideal Christmas gift.