Rishi Dastidar


This week, Rishi Dastidar discusses six things with Ivan which should be better known.

1. The Bathers’ album Kelvingrove Baby: https://open.spotify.com/album/4Kbj8WGU786XtVHHEDUZUf

2. Estorick Collection http://www.estorickcollection.com

3. Hotellings Effect https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotelling%27s_law

4. Philly cheesesteak http://www.passyunk.co.uk

5. Robert Elms’ In Search of The Crack https://www.amazon.co.uk/Search-Crack-Robert-Elms/dp/0670823287

6. Sarah Manguso http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/01/09/from-300-arguments/

Clare Mulley


This week, Clare Mulley talks to Ivan about six things that should be better known.

1. Eglantyne Jebb http://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Clare-Mulley/The-Woman-Who-Saved-the-Children–A-Biography-of-Eglantyn/23450779

2. Melitta Schiller von Stauffenberg http://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Clare-Mulley/The-Women-Who-Flew-for-Hitler–The-True-Story-of-Hitlers-Valkyries/21401991

3. Ecosia http://www.ecosia.org

4. Diversity within British history https://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/people-nation-empire

5. The range of services of local councils https://awards.lgcplus.com/2018-winners

6. The achievements (and diversity) of female special agents https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Clare-Mulley/The-Spy-Who-Loved–the-secrets-and-lives-of-one-of-Britai/14277647

Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of three books. The Woman Who Saved the Children won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved, now optioned by Universal Studios, led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, is a dual biography of two extraordinary women at the heart of the Third Reich, but who ended their lives on opposite sides of history. A regular contributor to TV and radio, Clare recently gave a TEDx talk at Stormont, wrote last year’s BBC Reith Lecture quiz, and lectures in London and Paris on wartime female special agents. She also reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. Clare was chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association 2017 Non-Fiction Prize, and has recently become an honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival. http://www.claremulley.com

Kerry Hudson


This week, Kerry Hudson discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known. Her new book is Lowborn.

1. The music of Blick Bassy and Emahoy Tsegue-Mayam Guebruo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHXlc7Afzk

2. The joy of travelling in the country Georgia http://www.traveldrafts.com/50-things-you-need-to-know-before-traveling-to-georgia/

3. Vintage Delia Smith cookery programmes on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p05rml64/delia-smiths-cookery-course

4. Bus rides in Bangkok http://www.keepcalmandtravel.com/bangkok-by-bus-a-cheap-alternative-way-to-visit-the-city/

5. Ironopolis by Glen James Brown http://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/16/ironopolis-by-glen-james-brown-review

6. Night terrors https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_terror

Conor Reid


This week, Conor Reid of the Words to that Effect podcast (www.wttepodcast.com) discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. The works of Edgar Rice Burroughs http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/07/06/xenophic-hack-or-master-storyteller-the-wild-world-of-edgar-rice/

2. The city of Turin as a tourist destination http://slowitaly.yourguidetoitaly.com/2013/11/10-reasons-why-turin-should-be-on-your-italy-bucket-list/

3. The song Four Ethers by Serpentwithfeet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a4N_lOAieA

4. Brown bread ice-cream http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/irish-brown-bread-ice-cream-1958

5. The album Night Train by Oscar Peterson https://musicophilesblog.com/2016/02/02/oscar-petersons-night-train/

6. The work of China Mieville http://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/fiction/china-mieville-brief-introduction-books-start-read

William Cook


This week, William Cook discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known. William has written books on two of his choices, Dudley Moore and Auberon Waugh.

1. The plays of Joe Orton www.nybooks.com/articles/1987/09/24/changeling/

2. The stories of Charles Bukowski www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/03/14/smashed

3. The beach resorts of the Baltic Coast www.roughguides.com/article/the-10-best-baltic-beach-resorts/

4. The paintings of Robert Colquhoun & Robert MacBryde, aka The Two Roberts www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2hscrfQSYK2BrFvHXbNhW5b/the-two-roberts-love-paint-and-poverty

5. The journalism of Auberon Waugh www.lrb.co.uk/v07/n21/ian-hamilton/the-waugh-between-the-diaries

6. The music of Dudley Moore www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-VL6cNeEz8

Ann Kennedy Smith


This week, Ann Kennedy Smith discusses six things which she thinks should be better known

1. Rathlin Island http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/rathlin-island

2. BBC Pronunciation guides of the 1930s http://www.theguardian.com/education/shortcuts/2016/jun/07/marjerine-or-marg-arine-how-the-bbc-taught-us-to-talk-proper

3. The Cambridge Ladies Dining Society 1890-1914 https://akennedysmith.com/about-2/

4. EM Forster’s biography of M Thornton

5.The 2019 campaign for adult education http://www.wea.org.uk/news-events/news/1919-centenary-commission-launches

6. Cruikshank’s Worship of Bacchus http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/cruikshank-the-worship-of-bacchus-n00795

Better Unknown

In a reversal of the normal positivity, Richard Elwes discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks we would be better off without.

  1. Smooth jazz and Kenny G www.jazzoasis.com/methenyonkennyg.htm
  2. English language films www.bbc.com/culture/story/20181029-the-100-greatest-foreign-language-films
  3. The Golden Ratio www.fastcompany.com/3044877/the-golden-ratio-designs-biggest-myth
  4. Bridge (the card game) www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1571194/Bridge-tables-hit-by-unpleasantness.html
  5. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Music Grade Exams) https://crosseyedpianist.com/2016/08/31/exams-dont-make-musicians/
  6. Superstars www.uvm.edu/pdodds/files/papers/others/1981/rosen1981a.pdf