Human Voices

Human Voices

Book - 1999
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When British listeners tuned in to the BBC's Nine O'Clock News in the middle of 1940, they had no idea what human dramas-and follies-were unfolding behind the scenes. Targeted by enemy bombers, the BBC had turned its concert hall into a dormitory for both sexes, and personal chaos rivaled the political. The tense relationship between two departmental directors is at the center of Human Voices, as is Annie, a sixteen-year-old assistant who falls hopelessly in love with the monstrously selfish one. Reading this intimate glimpse behind the scenes of the BBC in its heyday, "one is left with the sensation," William Boyd wrote in London Magazine, "that this is what is was really like."
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780395956175
Branch Call Number: FICTION FIT
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 31, 2016

A story set at the BBC during WW II, when the policy was to tell the truth, no matter how dispiriting. The novel tells the story of the relationship between two directors and with and amongst a group of very young, mostly women, employees. It was the air of accurately reproducing this time.

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