Page One, Vol. 51

Page One, Vol. 51 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

Taking a break from rehearsing their new piece, Charles Adrian sits down somewhere in Italy with OHT founder Filippo Andreatta to discuss the importance of failure (see also last week’s Page One – 50th edition), the situation of gay people in Italy and those moments of false politeness that we all have to go through.

Audience advisory: This is the last Page One hosted on Mixcloud by London Fields Radio. Please go to and follow the links to Page One for information about future podcasts.

And this is probably a good place for me to say THANK YOU to London Fields Radio for giving me a platform for these podcasts for over a year and to encourage everyone to keep checking out for all the other exciting shows and events they host.

‘Very Loud And Incredibly Close’ by Jonathan Safran Foer
‘Un Omosessuale Normale’ by Angelo Pezzana
‘Brief Interviews With Hideous Men’ by David Foster Wallace

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Posted on: September 6, 2013

Page One, Vol. 50

Page One, Vol. 50 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

Recorded in Hove during the amazing heatwave of earlier this year, Charles Adrian sits down for this 35th Second-Hand Book Factory with Swiss theatre maker and performer Marcel Schwald. They talk about the importance of celebrating of imperfection and of reading Gertrude Stein aloud, exhausting Charles Adrian’s knowledge of Civil War battles on the way. The second music track, by the way, is a mystery – if anybody recognises it, we would be very grateful for any information that you might have; you can, of course, leave a comment on Charles Adrian’s web site (for those listening through Mixcloud, the address is, and you can follow the links to Page One).

Book listing:
The Book Of Tea – Okakura Tenshin
The English Civil War, A People’s History by Diane Purkiss
The Making Of Americans by Gertrude Stein

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Posted on: August 29, 2013

Page One, Vol. 49

Page One, Vol. 49 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

It’s a bumper edition this week! For this, the 49th Page One, Charles Adrian picks books and music more or less at random: A little bit of philosophy, a little bit of medicine, a little bit of fun, a little bit of historical romance, a little bit of nonsense. It is August when this first goes online so sit back, imagine the sunshine, let this wash over you.

Book listing:
‘The Republic’ by Plato
‘The Body In Question’ by Jonathan Miller
‘Auntie Mame’ by Patrick Dennis
‘Ivanhoe’ by Sir Walter Scott
‘The Hunting Of The Snark’ by Lewis Carroll…

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Posted on: August 21, 2013

Page One, Vol. 48

Page One, Vol. 48 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

For the 34th Second-Hand Book Factory, Charles Adrian is with artist and lecturer Hannah Rickards at her home in Clapton. Their discussion touches on travel writing, the fascination of the north, the abstraction of art from reality and a certain kind of self-confidence. To find out more about Hannah’s work, follow the links below.

Book listing:
‘Arctic Dreams’ by Barry Lopez
‘Palomar’ by Italo Calvino
‘Give My Regards To Eighth Street’ by Morton Feldman……


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Posted on: August 13, 2013

Page One, Vol. 47

Page One, Vol. 47 by London Fields Radio on Mixcloud

Kiran Chauhan, fun-time carpenter and serial enthusiast, joins Charles Adrian on Hampstead Heath for the thirty-third second-hand book factory. In this edition, Charles Adrian is a little condescending on the subject of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Kiran tells the story of his discovery of Kings of Convenience. There is also the most beautiful slice of Joni Mitchell.

Lissa, incidentally, who is mentioned towards the end, is Charles Adrian’s younger sister; his interview with her is Page One 41. And James, whose birthday is the 5th of August, when this podcast goes on-line, is Kiran’s partner.

Books included in this show are:
Orlando by Virgina Woolf
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
By Night In Chile by Roberto Bolaño

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Posted on: August 5, 2013