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I loved Alan Whicker's TV documentaries over the years, and this audio book brings them back to life. Some of the narration goes off on a tangent, but when Alan is talking about the highlights of his life, such as meeting Papa Doc, it is spellbinding. Well worth downloading.
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As soon as I heard the author’s voice I was taken back to my youth when my family used to watch Wicker’s World and be given a glimpse of other worlds. This book is a series of essays gleaned from programmes going back to the 1950s interspersed with anecdotes from his war-time experiences. The writing is like his commentaries: fluid, entertaining and non-judgemental. The latter even when recounting his meeting with the Sultan of Brunei and the obscene extravagance of him and his family. The chapters about his interactions with Papa Doc are as jaw-dropping now as they were when First broadcast. As with his programmes, there's a bias towards interviews with the rich and powerful with an undercurrent of viewing them as another species.
I enjoyed this book all the more for hearing Alan Wicker’s voice again: a little more gravely with age but utterly recognisable. I suspect the book will appeal more to those of us who remember his ground-breaking programmes in the 60s and 70s, though he sustained his output for Wicker’s World until the early 1990s.
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