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

 

Pictures (at londonpodcast.net): Matthew Green in Daunt Books/Hilary Horton in Iraq, 2003

Not another Star Wars show

You may not be a Star Wars fan. Fine – don’t go anywhere. But even if you are, you may just have reached saturation level, thanks to the pre-Christmas hoo-hah about The Force Awakens.

But try this new angle.

There’s a fascinating London connection to this iconic movie franchise.

Meet the Oscar-nominated Londoner who had a huge hand in creating the look of The Empire Strikes Back, and hear the mystery of the Star Wars headbanger. Plus a guy who calls himself a Star Wars nerd as if it’s a good thing!

All that and the original 17th century London blogger, Samuel Pepys comes back to life…

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net)

Star Wars stormtrooper
Star Wars stormtrooper