Before Audiobooks there was…Radio Four



For all my British readers, I’m sure you’re all familiar with BBC Radio Four. For those of you elsewhere in the world, Radio Four is a public service broadcast by the BBC which  focuses on news, comedy and entertainment – but is entirely spoken word. It has a bit of a stuffy reputation but I really love it.

There are plenty of bookish programs for avid readers to listen to, including dramas, radio plays, short stories and the programs Book at Bedtime and Books and Authors. I believe you can listen to all of these programs entirely free, wherever you are in the world.

Another favourite program of mine is the Archers. This long running radio soap has been going since the 1950’s and chronicles the lives of a farming community in the fictional village of Ambridge. The Archers and Woman’s Hour (also on Radio Four) were the sonic background to my childhood and I started listening again once I became self employed. The best thing about the Archers is that it’s played out in real time, so storylines have a proper chance to develop. It’s like listening to a massive, never-ending audio book. Amazing stuff.

A lot of the Radio Four content is available to listen to online, or downloadable as a podcast. I would highly recommend giving any of the above mentioned programs a listen, they’re always well worth it.

Let me know what you think!

Love, Lucinda xxx


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