For the Love of Radio 4

An Unofficial Companion

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: £9.99
  • Publication date: 6 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781849536424

About the book

• Who were the original Goons?

• When did I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue first invite us to enjoy ‘the antidote to panel games’?

• Why do nuclear submarine commanders tune in to Radio 4 every day without fail?

• How accurate are ‘the pips’ on your digital radio?

From Farming Today at sunrise to the gentle strains of ‘Sailing By’ and the Shipping Forecast long after midnight, Radio 4 provides the soundtrack to life for millions of Britons. In For the Love of Radio 4: An Unofficial Companion, Caroline Hodgson celebrates all that’s best about the nation’s favourite spoken-word station, taking us on a tour through its history, its key personalities and programmes, and countless memorable moments from the archives.


‘Caroline Hodgson’s enthusiasm for this radio station ripples through every page.’

The Good Book Guide

‘… this unofficial guide to Radio 4 is a delight’

2014-12-01 Living North Magazine

'a pleasant if slightly anoraky look at Radio 4’s history, programmes and presenters'

Yachting Monthly

'I couldn’t resist sticking with it.'

The Spectator

'For anyone for whom Radio 4 is the mood music of daily life, it’s all here'

The Oldie Magazine