Monday, July 31, 2006

Chinua Achebe on BBC's World Book Club

I don't really get much time to listen to online shows like I used to, but I will make time for this: Chinua Achebe reads and talks about his book Things Fall Apart on BBC Online's World Book Club. It's usually a good program with smart questions from the audience and the moderator.

I notice that one of the recent books featured was The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Never read any of his books, but people tell me all the time that they are extremely funny. I'm curious to find out more.


My Talking Beginnings said...

Shame i missed that,will listen to it again!! I still dream about my copy of achebe's anthills of the savannah which i left at home in lagos. I hope i get it back this year....

Pilgrimage to Self said...

@MTB: I listened to this on BBC Radio Four a few weeks ago, so they just might repeat it again.

Ore said...

I should think that the program is archived on the website - it normally is.

sokari said...

Hi ore hope you are doing OK. I just listened to the interview which was like a breath of fresh air. Achebe as always is thoughtful and astute but with humour - I had the pleasure of speaking with him following a reading of his some years ago in London. He is a beautiful person - a Man of the people so to speak.

BTW I read On Beauty in about 2 days - enjoyed it and wrote a short review.
Just for the record - most BBC programmes are archived some only for 7 days but many for ever and you can get them on podcasts as well.

Ore said...

Hi Sokari,
I am doing fine. I have been meaning to email you for a while.
Hope you have been having a wonderful summer.

I haven't even listened to the Chinua Achebe interview yet. I keep meaning to, but I love the BBC site for the diversity of the archived programs.