A Good Read, from the Bristol Old Vic

After three decades of being recorded at BBC Bristol, the Radio4 show A Good Read, was moved to the Bristol Old Vic for a special edition in front of a live audience. Actually there were two programs recorded within the hour and a half. The first is broadcast tomorrow, 23 November, with host Sue MacGregor and guests Baroness Warnock and actor John Telfer talking about their favourite paperbacks.

We practised our applause. Wild but not out of control, as recommended.

Baroness Mary Warnock is an academic and JohnTelfer plays the Reverend Alan Franks in The Archers. *cue a gasp from the audience*

John Telfer is no stranger to Bristol Theatre, he studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has appeared in more than 35 plays with the Bristol Old Vic Company.

Baroness Warnock’s choice of book was Philip Pulman’s – The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Myths) about Jesus and his twin brother.

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the reader questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. For, above all, this book is about how stories become stories.

John Telfer’s book was a combination of journalism and crime, If it Bleeds by Duncan Campbell a senior correspondent with the Guardian.

Britain’s best known gangster, Charlie Hook, wants to tell his life story and chooses crime reporter Laurie Lane as his reluctant ghost. But the next day Hook is dead, his blood and hair on the walls of his north London mansion. Who has killed the last of the London Godfathers? Could it be a Russian businessman with a love of Scottish poetry and something dodgy in his Hampstead garden?

Sue McGregor’s choice was Evelyn Waugh’s classic Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder.

A Good Read is on Radio 4 at 16:30, 23 November 2010.

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