For this, the thirty-second Second-Hand Book Factory, Charles Adrian interviews his father, Roland Gillott, on board the narrow boat Dream Weaver. Bobbing gently, moored to a towpath somewhere along the Kennet and Avon Canal, they discuss the coming anniversary of the First World War, the cheering optimism of Katie Melua and a thrilling piece of family publishing history. The picture used for this podcast is taken from the first edition of The Biography Of A Locomotive Engine and not from the facsimile edition, which has a dirty-looking, shiny, marbled, beige design.
Mention is made in this episode of Mike Batt’s musical based on The Hunting Of The Snark by Lewis Carroll; the book itself is discussed in Page One 49.
This episode was recorded on the Dream Weaver for London Fields Radio, which you can find out more about here.
You can listen to this episode on Mixcloud here.
Episode released: 29th July, 2013.
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The Best Of Rumpole by John Mortimer
The Biography Of A Locomotive Engine by Henry Frith