John-Paul Flintoff

"Everybody needs a jolly good listening to" | Interview with author Wendy Jones

Why would a writer put her/himself into the background? Wendy Jones has written many kinds of books – fiction, and for children – but in this episode we focus on how and why she likes to tell people’s stories in their own words.

She did this in her biography of Grayson Perry, and in The Sex Lives Of English Women.

In this conversation, we talk about what drew her to use this technique, and how she actually goes about it – the hard work, like the figure of the writer, can sometimes seem invisible.

We also talk about Studs Terkel, the American radio broadcaster and pioneer of oral history, who inspired Wendy. The Studs Terkel book Wendy mentions is When Will The Circle Be Unbroken?, and the illustrated book I describe afterwards is Working.

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Posted: April 27, 2021

Keywords: wendy jones

John-Paul Flintoff headshot, with Yours Truly written across it John-Paul Flintoff is author of six books, in 16 languages, including How To Change The World and A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech. He worked for 15 years as writer and associate editor on the Financial Times, the Sunday Times and other papers and magazines.

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