I’m so pleased that we finally did it .. after our moonlit conversation on the roof of Penguin Random House! Both you and Hugh utterly nailed it in tone, style, narrative and all that stuff that makes gripping radio – the things we talk about endlessly in our wanky media way, and in interminable commissioning meetings!
But we have to remember that your story was at the heart of it. And told with honesty, directness, humour, and complete clarity. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone presenting a Radio 4 programme break down half way through a link, and then calmly recover themselves and resume duties. In all honesty, that was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever heard.
The way you dealt with what were clearly painful memories, the delicacy and humanity with which you recalled the relationships that you had, and in some cases still have, the empathy with those in the same position now, the calm explanation of the rationality of the irrational of it all…. It was just so stunning.

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