IN OUR TIME guides us through the most significant moments in our history.
Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time series regularly enlightens and entertains substantial audiences on UK BBC. For this book he has selected episodes which reflect the diversity of the radio programmes, and takes us on an amazing tour through the history of ideas, from philosophy, physics and history to religion, literature and biology.
We can discover the reasons for the fall of the Byzantine empire, and why women were persecuted as witches in the seventeenth century. What shape is the origin of life? Where does our calendar come from? We can unearth the influence of prime numbers, Socrates and Tectonic plates.
Melvyn Bragg orchestrates the ideas of leading academics in each field so that the dynamic and lively discussion from the programmes comes through vividly on the page. IN OUR TIME brings to life the signposts of history, the moments that significantly changed the world as we know it, and the individuals and ideas that made us what we are today.
IN OUR TIME's success derives in part from the interested public having Melvyn Bragg in their corner... his lack of intellectual vanity is impress, but so is his grasp of the subjects at hand. - Times Literary Supplement
These transcripts select a treasure-trove of discussions from a decade of the Radio 4 jewel. - the Independent
'The best programme on Radio 4 is In Our Time...it informs, educates and entertains'. - Sunday Telegraph
Melvyn Bragg's matchless colloquies on Radio 4 - Stephen Fry
The best programme coming out of the entire corporation these days - David Sexton, Sunday Telegraph
Melvyn Bragg's consistently superb In Our Time - John Banville
What might be the best radio programme ever - Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
Bragg's excellent radio programmes on the subject ....are the basis of this history of English over the past 1,500 years. - Guardian on The Adventure of English
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster whose first novel, For Want of a Nail, was published in 1965. His novels since include The Maid of Buttermere, The Soldier's Return, A Son of War, Credo and Now is the Time, which won the Parliamentary Book Award for fiction in 2016. His books have also been awarded the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the WHSmith Literary Award, and have been longlisted three times for the Booker Prize (including the Lost Man Booker Prize).
He has also written several works of non-fiction, including The Adventure of English and The Book of Books about the King James Bible.
He lives in London and Cumbria.