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In and Out of the Box - Robert Dougall

The Harvill Press, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper with a short closed tear to the head of the lower panel. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank has been over-penned. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “There are few people in Britain to whom Robert Dougall’s face and voice are not as well known as those of a trusted family friend. For the past sixteen years he has been appearing regularly on BBC television news and before that was a top newsreader on radio. His broadcasting career began as a pioneer announcer in the BBC Empire Service and when war came he transferred to work as a reporter during the blitz. There followed a three year spell in the Navy, half of which he spent in Kola Inlet at the Arctic end of the Russian convoy route.

Now, we meet the man behind the face. Robert Dougall grew up in the Thirties — a time of great social and financial inequality — when Britain had simultaneously hunger marches and ‘deb’ dances. His questioning, compassionate mind led him to think perhaps the Russian revolutionary experiment might hold an answer for this country. During the war the opportunity unexpectedly arose for him to see something of the Soviet system but, like so many people over the years, he returned disillusioned. We share his experiences inside Stalin’s Russia and later follow him on broadcasting assignments to Singapore and Kenya. Married for twenty-five years to a girl he first auditioned in the European Service of the BBC, he emphasises the value of a happy, stable relationship in our unsettled times.

Living close to Hampstead Heath and spending much of his leisure in Suffolk he has developed a great interest in bird-life and for the past three years has served as President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds — the largest conservation body in the country.

This candid self-portrait is Robert Dougal’s first book and we publish it exactly as he wrote it. He says it is a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ view of British broadcasting through forty of its fifty memorable years.

We feel his frank, behind-the-scenes account of the most famous broadcasting organisation in the world makes this a book to value.”


Jacket designed by Mon Moham. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages.
£7.50

This one has already found a new owner.