Category Archives: Books

Idris Elba & Me: Teaser

Londoner Idris Elba has just made his film directorial debut with Yardie. But he could’t have done it without Adrian’s guest, Dotun Adebayo. Why? Because Dotun, a¬†Nigerian Londoner, was behind the publication of the book Yardie by Victor Headley in 1992.

In this excerpt from a longer interview with Dotun to come soon, Adrian teases out the story behind the story, as the two chat outside Euston station. Subscribe to hear the full interview soon!

Dotun outside Euston
Photo at Dotun Adebayo outside Euston station

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East End Mindfulness

From an East End London council estate to the Royal Academy of Music¬†– at the age of two! That’s part of the unique life story of clinical psychologist Dr Genevieve von Lob.¬†There’s more in her new book Five Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting, which she talks about here.

Adrian also joins Genevieve on a pilgrimage back to the site of her Stepney Green home as a child. As well as happy memories, it has one huge tragic association for her, as you’ll hear. Will going back to her roots mean revisiting the trauma she suffered at the age of nine?

In the studio, Genevieve talks¬†about what mindfulness means and how it can help you raise children – and how you can look after yourself better, whether or not you’re a parent.

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Adrian & Genevieve in Stepney Green, London E1, April 2017 in a local park
Adrian & Genevieve in Stepney Green, London E1, April 2017

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Richard Kurti: Author, Screenwriter… and ex-Flatmate

Richard Kurti is a two-time author, is BAFTA-nominated, has worked on screenplays for Hollywood studios Рand is still trying to forget living with presenter Adrian Lacey yonks ago in Clapham, south west London!

Here he talks in depth about the tragic inspiration for his first book Monkey Wars, and his near-future dystopian second novel Maladapted. Together with Adrian, he revisits their shared Clapham past and reflects on how London Рand house prices Рhave changed since they lived together.

With personal views from – and thanks to – Lucy Carr at a Clapham estate agents.

Author Richard Kurti pictured with his two novels
Photo (at Richard Kurti and his two novels

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Books, bombs and embattled minds

The UK capital’s oldest purpose-built bookshop, Daunt Books in Marylebone is the setting for a relaxed but revealing conversation with London writer and journalist Matthew Green. His latest book,¬†Aftershock, describes what is often a difficult transition between war and peace for military personnel.

A studio discussion follows with Matthew and Adrian joined by Hilary Horton, a healthcare manager¬†who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after service in¬†Iraq. The condition’s serious, but the discussion includes lighter moments, too.

And there’s humour from¬†17th-century London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys having, er, fun with¬†new communications technology!

Matthew Green in Daunt Books


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