Alistair Cooke

Alistair Cooke : The Biography

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Alistair Cooke, for 52 years the unmistakable voice of BBC's Letter from America, sadly died at the age of 93 in March 2004 after over 2,500 radio letters. After years of dissuading potential biographers he finally succumbed to the persistent approaches of Nick Clarke. The biography has been written with his complete co-operation. Correspondence, private papers have been made available and colleagues and friends have been encouraged to talk. This is, however, no hagiography. Cooke told him when he started that he wished to learn something about himself. In responding to Clarkes questioning he has recalled many aspects of his life that he says he had quite forgotten and some things which he hadnt wished to remember. The long road to trans-Atlantic celebrity began at Cambridge, where Cooke, the bright boy from a modest home in Blackpool, changed his name from Alfred to Alistair, gained a scholarship to Jesus College, Cambridge and was cast as the Most Glittering Student of his generation. He won a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, which allowed him to travel across America (reaching Hollywood and meeting Chaplin). He returned to England and began his 64-year association with the BBC by becoming its first film critic in 1934. Back in the US, he became a Commentator on American Affairs for the BBC, and a correspondent for The Times, then the Daily Herald and finally, in 1945 the Manchester Guardian for whom he reported until 1972. In America he first became a household name as presenter of NBCs Masterpiece Theatre (which he did for 19 years). His BBC TV series America, was also a huge success in the US in 1972-73.show more

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  • Audio cassette
  • 107 x 140 x 34mm | 225g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • 0752841173
  • 9780752841175

About Nick Clarke

Nick Clarke read Modern Languages at Cambridge and after three years with the Yorkshire Post joined the BBC TV News in Manchester as a reporter in 1973. He spent five years on The Money Programme, three years on Newsnight and has been a presenter with BBC Radio 4 since 1989, initially with The World This Weekend, moving in 1994 to The World at One. He also presents Radio 4's Round Britain quiz and is a regular guest panellist on The News Quiz. Nick Clarke read Modern Languages at Cambridge and after three years with the Yorkshire Post joined the BBC TV News in Manchester as a reporter in 1973. He spent five years on The Money Programme, three years on Newsnight and has been a presenter with BBC Radio 4 since 1989, initially with The World This Weekend, moving in 1994 to The World at One. He also presents Radio 4's Round Britain quiz and is a regular guest panellist on The News Quiz.show more

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'The six-hour treat gives you the man behind the voice.' THE SCOTSMAN 'Drawing on exclusive interview, Clarke extracted fascinating revelations about Cooke's humble origins in Salford.' NORTHERN ECHOshow more