Robjn Cantus


This week, Robjn discusses six things which he thinks should be better known.

  1. The London Canal Network
  2. Brain Candy
  3. 99% Invisible
  4. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy
  5. Michael Rothenstein
  6. The Fry Gallery and Bridge End Gardens

Laura Barton

Society of Authors Awards June 2011

Laura  Barton  Betty Trask  award

This week, Laura Barton discusses six things that should be better known.

1. Petrol tank arrow: very few drivers know about this handy tool –

2. Oat milk tequila coffee: a drink that does not yet exist online, but is an alcohol variant of one that does –

3. The Shivers: a New York band –

4. The National Fruit Collection: Faversham’s finest –

5. Midwestern cities: Dubuque, Muscatine, Cairo, quad cities, McGregor, Iowa –

6. The history of barbed wire: how it took over the world –

Peter Parker


This week, biographer Peter Parker discusses with Ivan his six choices of things which he thinks should be better known.

1. Something for Everyone (1970), Harold Prince film starring Angela Lansbury and Michael York

2. G.F. Green (1911-77), writer

3. Calcutta/Kolkata as a tourist destination

4. Humphrey Spender, painter, photographer and designer

5. The Church of St Nicholas, Little Braxted, Essex

6. Inexpensive Progress blog:

Rachel Slade



This week, Rachel Slade discusses with Ivan her six choices of things which she thinks should be better known.
1. The wild outdoors of North East London
2. Meaderies
3. Blind Melon
4. Cornish Independence movement
5. Sarah and Duck
6. Isles of Scilly

Joanne Harris


Joanne Harris discusses her six choices of things which she thinks should be better known.

1. The Breton kouign-amann

2. Louis Pergaud

3. The Child Ballads

4. The 23rd century BC Sumerian poet Enheduanna

5. Fanny Eaton

6. The Rollright stones

Will Ward


This week, Will Ward discusses his six choices of things which should be better known.

1. Roald Dahl’s adult short stories – They should be at least as well-known as his stories for children.

2. Tout Quarry Sculpture Park – An old Portland stone quarry turned into sculpture park

3. The Kinder Mass trespass – A mass civil disobedience event that appears (so far) to have achieved its purpose and avoided the trap of unintended consequences.

4. Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch – Part of Discworld, a story of revolution and time-travel, with a healthy amount of cynicism and wit

5. The exploration of graveyards and burial grounds – A chance to reflect on your mortality

6. Dougga – Roman, Numidian Berber, Punic town that is an exceptional UNESCO world heritage site in Tunisia

Benny Chastney


This week, Benny Chastney discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. The Political Compass –
2. OK Diner –
3. The sub-culture of Alan Partridge –
4. Good news trends –
5. Marginalisation of Gypsies and Travellers –
6. Recipe Kits –