A Further Slice Of Johnners

A Further Slice Of Johnners

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When Brian Johnston was a schoolboy, his reports were full of phrases such as 'talks too much in school' and 'apt to be a buffoon'. Later millions of radio listeners would be delighted to discover that some things never changed! Johnners brought his unique wit and personal charm to an enormous range of BBC radio and television programmes for nearly 50 years, from In Town Tonight and Down Your Way to Test Match Special. After Brian died in 1994, Christopher Martin-Jenkins wrote: 'It is hard to believe that anyone in the history of broadcasting has induced such widespread affection'. A Further Slice of Johnners covers Brian's early days, from his childhood in Hertfordshire and his schooldays at Eton and Oxford to his job in the family coffee business in the City and his service with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War. There is also a selection of the most memorable characters and locations from his fifteen years on the Radio Four programme Down Your Way. Finally there is a collection of Brian's popular 'View From the Boundary' interviews on Test Match Special, including fascinating conversations with Eric Idle, John Major and Peter O'Toole.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 30mm | 381.02g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0753507900
  • 9780753507902
  • 1,721,614

About Brian Johnston

Brian Johnston was one of the best-loved figures on radio and television and will always be remembered as 'the voice of cricket'. He joined the Outside Broadcasts Department of the BBC in 1946 and was a cricket commentator for the next 48 years, most notably as a member of the Test Match Special team. He commentated on state occasions and royal weddings and events such as the Boat Race and he also presented 733 episodes of Down Your Way. He died in 1994 at the age of 81. Barry Johnston is Brian's eldest son and has edited several of his father's books including Letters Home 1926 -- 1945, A Delicious Slice of Johnners and Another Slice of Johnners.show more

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When Brian Johnston was a schoolboy, his reports were full of phrases such as 'talks too much in school' and 'apt to be a buffoon'. Later millions of radio listeners would be delighted to discover that some things never changed! Johnners brought his unique wit and personal charm to an enormous range of BBC radio and television programmes for nearly 50 years, from In Town Tonight and Down Your Way to Test Match Special. Brian wrote nearly twenty books during his lifetime. They were mainly about cricket but also included three volumes of autobiography and several books of jokes. In A Further Slice of Johnners Barry Johnston has edited a marvellous anthology of the highlights from three of his father's best-loved books, It's Been a Lot of Fun, Brian Johnston's Down Your Way and More Views From the Boundary. A Further Slice of Johnners covers Brian's early days, from his childhood in Hertfordshire, his schooldays at Eton and Oxford, his job in the family coffee business in the City and his service with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War. There is also a selection of the most memorable characters and locations from his fifteen years on the Radio Four programme Down Your Way. Finally there is a collection of Brian's popular 'View From the Boundary' interviews on Test Match Special, including fascinating conversations with Eric Idle, John Major and Peter O'Toole.show more

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