A Further Slice Of Johnners

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Random House, Nov 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages

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.


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21 The SouthEast
22 The South
23 The SouthWest
24 Sir Alan Ayckbourn
25 Max Boyce MBE
26 Michael Charlton
27 Leslie Crowther CBE

5 And so to Bude   
6 A Taste of Coffee
7 Back Home with Home
8 My Military Debut
9 New Boy Johnston
10 Technical Adjutant
11 War and Peace
12 Scotland
13 The NorthWest
14 The NorthEast
15 Wales
16 The North Midlands
17 The West Midlands
18 The SouthEast Midlands
19 East Anglia
20 London
28 Eric Idle
29 John Kettley
30 Professor Sir Bernard Lovell
31 The Rt Hon John Major
32 Peter OToole
33 Harold Pinter OM
34 Ian Richter
35 The Rt Rev and Rt Hon Lord Runcie of Cuddesdon
36 Peter Scudamore
37 George Shearing OBE
38 David Shepherd OBE
39 Graham Taylor
40 Leslie Thomas

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About the author (2011)

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.