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I was on the radio on Tuesday, on BBC Radio Three, on a late-night discussion programme called Free Thinking, talking about John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps, and the run-up to the First World War. John Buchan is MY subject: I wrote my PhD on him, I’ve been researching his writing for many, many years, and have published oodles of academic books and articles on him.
So naturally, while staring out of the window in the BBC studio in Brussels, seeing nothing because I was concentrating fiercely on listening to my fellow discussionees in the London studio, I made blooper after blooper. This morning I got an email from a pedant (his self-identification) putting me right about the name of a character I’d dredged up from memory while flailing through an impromptu summary of plot at 2 seconds’ notice. Yesterday a dear friend corrected me haughtily on my pronunciation of Erskine Childers’ name. I’m just grateful that no-one yet has spotted the date I got wrong in mid-flow. It’s been been haunting my dreams ever since.
You can hear the programme here online for about a year: enjoy!
Kate podcasts about books that she really, really likes on http://www.reallylikethisbook.com.