James Naughtie - Author

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James Naughtie is one of the best-known broadcasters in the UK. A presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4, and a prize-winning writer, he has written about politics in London and Washington for many years.

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Making of Music

Making of Music

Author: James Naughtie Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2017

In this major BBC Radio 4 series, James Naughtie uncovers the roots of our music and reveals the soundtrack to our own history.The history of classical music is inextricably linked with the places it was written, its purpose and its patrons, as well as with politics, war and social change. From the earliest music of the monasteries, to the court and church music of the Renaissance and Reformation and beyond, composers have always changed with the times. In these programmes, James Naughtie reveals how the chance happenings of history built a classical tradition that tells a glittering and inspiring story. His journey takes him from early beginnings to the present day, where he examines the current state of classical music. This epic and important series features extracts from the music itself, as well as the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Alison Carney, Laurence Fox and Simon Russell Beale alongside James Naughtie's own.

Paris Spring

Paris Spring

Author: James Naughtie Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Paris, April 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for Will Flemyng - secret servant at the British embassy - the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy's oldest fear: exposure. Freddy Craven is the hero and mentor Flemyng would trust with his life, but when he is tempted into a dark, Cold War labyrinth, he chooses the dangerous path and plays his game alone. Then a bizarre murder reveals a web of secrets, and his loyalty to family and friends is tested as never before. As the streets of Paris become a smoke-filled battleground, Flemyng, like his friends and enemies, discovers that where secrets are at stake, lives are too.

Paris Spring

Paris Spring

Author: James Naughtie Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Paris, April 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for Will Flemyng - secret servant at the British embassy - the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy's oldest fear: exposure. Freddy Craven is the hero and mentor Flemyng would trust with his life, but when he is tempted into a dark, Cold War labyrinth, he chooses the dangerous path and plays his game alone. Then a bizarre murder reveals a web of secrets, and his loyalty to family and friends is tested as never before. As the streets of Paris become a smoke-filled battleground, Flemyng, like his friends and enemies, discovers that where secrets are at stake, lives are too.

Paris Spring

Paris Spring

Author: James Naughtie Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Paris, April 1968. The cafes are alive with talk of revolution, but for Will Flemyng - secret servant at the British embassy - the crisis is personal. A few words from a stranger on the metro change his life. His family is threatened with ruin and he now faces the spy's oldest fear: exposure. Freddy Craven is the hero and mentor Flemyng would trust with his life, but when he is tempted into a dark, Cold War labyrinth, he chooses the dangerous path and plays his game alone. Then a bizarre murder reveals a web of secrets, and his loyalty to family and friends is tested as never before. As the streets of Paris become a smoke-filled battleground, Flemyng, like his friends and enemies, discovers that where secrets are at stake, lives are too.

The Making of Music The complete landmark BBC Radio 4 series

The Making of Music The complete landmark BBC Radio 4 series

Author: James Naughtie Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/04/2015

In this major BBC Radio 4 series, James Naughtie uncovers the roots of our music and reveals the soundtrack to our own history. The history of classical music is inextricably linked with the places it was written, its purpose and its patrons, as well as with politics, war and social change. From the earliest music of the monasteries, to the court and church music of the Renaissance and Reformation and beyond, composers have always changed with the times. In these programmes, James Naughtie reveals how the chance happenings of history built a classical tradition that tells a glittering and inspiring story. His journey takes him from early beginnings to the present day, where he examines the current state of classical music. This epic and important series features extracts from the music itself, as well as the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Alison Carney, Laurence Fox and Simon Russell Beale alongside James Naughtie's own.

The Madness of July

The Madness of July

Author: James Naughtie Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

From Radio 4's James Naughtie, a sophisticated thriller about loyalty, survival and family rivalry deep in the Cold War, drawing on decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington. It is a sweltering July in the mid-1970s, and for Will Flemyng, foreign office minister, the temperature is rising with each passing hour. A mysterious death has exposed secret passions in government, bringing on a political crisis that will draw him back into a familiar world of danger and deceit. For Flemyng has a past. He was trained as a spy for a life behind enemy lines and now he's compelled to go back. In the course of one long weekend he must question all his loyalties: to his friends, his enemies, and to his own two brothers. Only then can he expose the truth in London and Washington. When he has walked through the fire.

The New Elizabethans Sixty Portraits of Our Age

The New Elizabethans Sixty Portraits of Our Age

Author: James Naughtie Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2012

The official tie-in to the landmark new series on Radio 4, written and presented by one of the UK's leading commentators on social and political life - Jim Naughtie. The perfect read for anyone who wants to gauge the depth and spread of creativity and genius in the British Isles over the past sixty years. To mark the Diamond Jubilee, Radio 4 has looked back over the span of Queen Elizabeth II reign thus far in order to identify and profile the people who have helped to define the era and whose achievements seem likely to stand the test of time. From the broadcaster who brought A History of the World in 100 Objects to the radio, this new programme is a series of documentary profiles which celebrates the sixty New Elizabethans, from all walks of life in British society. It is a major portrait of most of the post-war period, highlighting its most significant figures and the most important areas of achievement in British life. With unique access to the Radio 4 scripts written by James Naughtie, it will be the perfect guide for anyone interested in our recent history, as well as those who wish to continue the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of HM The Queen. Much as Jeremy Clarkson is able to elevate and popularize debate on the latest automobile to hit the British market, so Jim Naughtie's analysis and unique take on British life will bring this series, and book, to life. As Jim comments: I was born just before the Queen's accession, so this history is mine too. The New Elizabethans have built the country that I live in, given it colour and life and, in part, made us all the people that we are.

The Making of Music

The Making of Music

Author: James Naughtie Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/07/2008

The making of Music is the story of our musical history, its origins and how it has shaped us. We have all grown up with a common background noise, whether we realise it or not. The tradition of European music that took shape in medieval monasteries, then in churches and courts, and moved into the salons, concert halls and theatres in later centuries, is in our cultural bloodstream. James Naughtie delves into the colourful, turbulent world of music - its characters, traditions and mysterious power - in a delightfully lively and personal way. His story is richly peopled and animated by moments of drama: what it was like at the first night of The Rite of Spring, when the dancers could neither hear their instructions nor could Stravinsky continue conducting because the booing was so loud; how it must have felt for Beethoven to scratch Napoleon's name off the dedication page of the 'Eroica' Symphony because he believed the emperor to have betrayed the French Revolution. As when presenting the Proms, James Naughtie brings to The Making of Music that particular blend of expertise and approachability set to delight the aficionado and the uninitiated alike.

The Rivals The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage

The Rivals The Intimate Story of a Political Marriage

Author: James Naughtie Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2002

A penetrating insider's view of the most important relationship in modern politics, the one on which the recent reinvention of Britain is founded: Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. By the celebrated Radio 4 Today Programme presenter James Naughtie. No Prime Minister and Chancellor this century have been bound so closely together, each depending on the other's strengths to repair weaknesses that might otherwise be politically fatal; yet theirs is a bond that crackles with suspicion and misunderstanding, lovers' tiffs that send tremors through the government . The story of the current era can only properly be told through the prism of this strange union, and it has never been told before. James Naughtie is a unique insider. A hugely respected political commentator, he has equal access to both men, to their key courtiers, to the party malcontents and everyone who has ever sat in Cabinet with them. Not since Alan Clark's Diaries has there been such a vivid, human portrait of the agonies and ecstasies of power in action. Even the supporting players are wildly dramatic: the saturnine plotting of Peter Mandelson, the muscled protection of Alistair Campbell, the Scots traditionalists facing down the Number 10 policy wonks. But the real drama is compressed into the central relationship. Here are Othello and Iago, Caesar and Brutus. This is a classic power play of our time, brilliantly, vividly and intimately staged by James Naughtie.

Story of the King James Bible, The: The Commission

Story of the King James Bible, The: The Commission

Author: James Naughtie Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

To mark the 400th anniversary of this 'noblest monument of English prose', James Naughtie tells the story of how and why James I (VI of Scotland), commissioned a new translation of The Bible. In the first of three programmes, James Naughtie visits Hampton Court Palace and tells how the Bible emerged from a conference there in 1604, even though it was not on the original agenda. The result is an illuminating and enjoyable overview of the origins of what is still the most widely published text in the English language.

Story of the King James Bible, The: The Translation

Story of the King James Bible, The: The Translation

Author: James Naughtie Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

To mark the 400th anniversary of this 'noblest monument of English prose', James Naughtie tells the story of how and why James I (VI of Scotland), commissioned a new translation of Christianity's holy book. In the second of three programmes, James Naughtie visits Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Tower Room at Corpus Christi College, both of which were locations for the translation of the King James Bible. He also takes a tour of Stationers' Hall in London, where the work would have been read aloud in public for the first time. The result is an illuminating and enjoyable overview of the origins of what is still the most widely published text in the English language.

Story of the King James Bible, The: The Legacy

Story of the King James Bible, The: The Legacy

Author: James Naughtie Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

To mark the 400th anniversary of this 'noblest monument of English prose', James Naughtie tells the story of how and why James I (VI of Scotland), commissioned a new translation of Christianity's holy book. In the last of three programmes, James Naughtie examines the enduring legacy and resonance of the King James Bible in British culture and society. Also featured are examples of many expressions in English that have their origins in the book, the relationship of the Bible with Handel's 'Messiah', and how the Bible's influence has endured through a text that resonates with both believers and non-believers. The result is an illuminating and enjoyable overview of the origins of what is still the most widely published text in the English language.

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