What I Learnt
What My Listeners Say – and Why We Should Take Notice
By Jeremy Vine
Jeremy Vine hilarious memoir of lessons learnt from life, his Radio 2 listeners and his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
'Full of glorious examples of caller wisdom [with] laugh-out-loud anecdotes' Sunday Telegraph
Jeremy Vine has been presenting his BBC Radio 2 show since 2003 - it now attracts more than seven million listeners. He calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls from his listeners on issues big and small: life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants.
But what have the callers told him? If you listen to Radio 4, Brexit was a shock. If you are on Radio 2 it would not have surprised you at all. Where Jeremy's callers once expressed a kind of resignation ('But what can you do?') or a gloomy rejoinder ('You have to laugh'), now they give him their views expecting to be heeded.
Listener wisdom is far more valuable than most of what we hear from appointed spokespeople. What was the response when Jeremy asked: 'Have you ever been pecked in the eye by a gannet?' Which subjects are most likely to start pitched warfare between different sections of the audience? (Answer: old people using buses, old people NOT using buses, cellophane, or Tony Blair saying anything.)
In a book punctuated by his own vivid stories and laugh-out-loud moments, Jeremy Vine explains what it's like to hit a button and hear - totally unvarnished and unspun - the voice of the so-called 'ordinary' person. And why we should take notice.
Jeremy Vine presents the award-winning Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2, weekdays at noon. He presents one of the BBC's longest-running quiz shows, Eggheads, as well as Crimewatch and Points of View. He also does the BBC election graphics.
After starting his training at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Jeremy became a BBC news trainee in 1987. He worked for many years as a reporter - in Westminster, Africa, and on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. He was a presenter of Newsnight too.
He lives with his wife Rachel and daughters Anna and Martha in west London.
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07 Sep 2017
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This book is full of glorious examples of caller wisdom. There are laugh-out-loud anecdotes, like the one about the newsreader who said Albert Speer was in Spandau Ballet, instead of Spandau prison. — Alison Pearson, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Vine is an entertaining raconteur and his fans will find much to enjoy. — DAILY EXPRESS