When I grow up, I want to be…

Photo by Murdo Macleod for The Guardian

Melvyn Bragg.

What a joy it must be to spend your days reading up on interesting stuff and then getting to throw some questions at a selection of boffins in the relevant subject area.

I’m amazed that I didn’t discover In Our Time until a year or two ago, nerdy child that I was/am. The show, broadcast every week on Radio 4, is pushing 650 episodes on subjects of science, art, history, culture and religion, all free to listen from its archives. If you want a digestible introduction to all sorts of subjects, with the charming dulcet tones of Bragg, then tune in.

Reading fiction 1: Chimamanda Adichie

At the suggestion of my girlfriend, I decided to start a foray into contemporary fiction with one of Nigeria’s most well-known authors, Chimamanda Adichie. If you haven’t heard her name, you might hear her voice on the new Beyonce album (sample of a TED talk actually).

I haven’t actually started reading Half of a Yellow Sun, a story of two sisters during the Nigerian civil war, but expect a review in this placeholder blog post eventually. Just need to start it enough times and I’ll finish it 😉