The BBC newsreader on Bach, football, and why Ulysses is the most over-rated book of all timeby Prospect Team / October 9, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in November 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
What is the first news/historical event you can recall?
I remember being in my grandmother’s house in October 1966—I was five at the time—when the news of the Aberfan disaster came on the radio. A huge coal tip slid down the mountainside and buried the village school, killing 116 children and 28 adults. My grandmother lived in one of the neighbouring valleys of South Wales, where huge coal tips towered over the terraced streets as they did in Aberfan. It was an event which cast the darkest of shadows across Welsh life, and still haunts people to this day. The families were treated appallingly by the National Coal Board and the then-Labour government. I was proud to tell their story in a documentary last year for the 50th anniversary.
What is the most over-rated book of all time?
How about James Joyce’s Ulysses? Everyone gasps and nods knowingly when it’s mentioned, but we all know it’s unreadable.