Presenter, author and broadcaster Jeremy Vine launches his new book: What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – And Why We Should Take Notice
A hilarious memoir of lessons learnt from life, his Radio 2 listeners, and his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing!
Presented by City Books. This special evening will include a reading, Q&A and book signing.
Jeremy Vine has been presenting a BBC Radio 2 show since 2003 that attracts more than seven million listeners. In that time he calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls on topical subjects – big issues and small ones: on life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants. But what have the callers told him?
In a book punctuated by vivid anecdotes and laugh-out-loud moments, Jeremy Vine explains what it’s like to hit a button and hear – totally unvarnished and unspun – the voices of so-called ordinary people. And why they are not so ordinary after all.
In the age of Brexit and Donald Trump, is the world now being run by Radio 2 listeners? If you listen to Radio 4, Brexit was a shock. If you are a Radio 2 listener it wouldn’t have surprised you at all. Where Jeremy’s callers once expressed a kind of resignation (“But what can you do?” or the gloomy rejoinder: “You have to laugh”), now they tend to give him their views expecting to be heeded. They have not called in to entertain the audience. They expect to take the wheel of the car and drive.
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.