Vile Bodies to be Featured on BBC Radio 4

Next week’s edition of A Good Read on BBC Radio 4 will host Drs Chris and Xand van Tulleken. They are identical twins and both medical doctors who have appeared in such UK TV series as Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC and Medicine Men Go Wild on Channel 4. The program will be presented by Harriett Gilbert.  According to its description in the BBC listing:

The guests recommend The House of God, a bawdy tale set in a hospital, by Samuel Shem and Yellow Tulips, a poetry collection by James Fenton. Harriett introduces Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh to the discussion.

The program will be transmitted next Tuesday at 1630 UK time and will be available on the internet shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, journalist William Telford in the Plymouth (UK) Herald discusses the books he read last year. There were a total of 50 of them and many would fall into the comic novel category. These include three by Charles Portis (Gringos, Norwood, and True Grit) and one by Barbara Pym (Excellent Women) as his top 4. At #14 he lists Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall (“rib tickling public school classic”). 

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