Human Voices

Human Voices

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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."


Baker & Taylor
In the height of enemy bombing during World War II, a series of human dramas unfolds as the BBC transforms its concert hall into a dormitory for men and women, conflict erupts between two departmental directors, and sixteen-year-old Annie falls hopelessly in love

Blackwell North Amer
The "human voices" of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel are those of an eccentric group of broadcasters at the BBC in London during the air raids of World War II. When British listeners tuned in to the 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, as in any dormitory, romance and intrigue prevailed. At the center of Human Voices is the tense relationship between two departmental directors and a surprising love affair with a sixteen-year-old intern named Annie, who has the perfect pitch.
Human Voices grew out of Fitzgerald's personal experience - she worked for the BBC during the war, when the station served as a lifeline to the troops and a singular source of truth to the public.

Baker
& Taylor

In the height of enemy bombing during World War II, a series of human dramas unfolds as the BBC transforms its concert hall into a dormitory for men and women, conflict erupts between two departmental directors, and sixteen-year-old Annie falls hopelessly in love. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, Mariner Original, 1999, c1980
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780395956175
039595617X
Branch Call Number: F 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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