By Oxford University Press
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A fortnightly biography of an intriguing individual from British history. Each episode in the podcast is a biography selected from the Oxford DNB - the authoritative collection of more than 56,000 lives of men and women from around the world who have shaped Britain's history. You can download more free biographies from the web site at www.oxforddnb.com.
||CleanAnthony Minghella, Oscar-winning film director||A biography by Donald Roy from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||26 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGraham Hill, racing driver||A biography by Colin Dryden from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||12 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSir Henry Cecil, racehorse trainer||A biography by Wray Vamplew from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||28 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTirzah Garwood, wood engraver and artist||A biography by James Russell from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||14 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMick McManus, wrestler||A biography by Martin Polley from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||31 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKay Mander, documentary film-maker||A biography by Neil Sinyard from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||15 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUlric Cross, Air Force officer||A biography by Stephen Bourne from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||3 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJean Hartley, publisher and autobiographer||A biography by James Booth from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||19 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbdullah Yusuf Ali, civil servant and Islamic scholar||A biography by Khizar Humayun Ansari from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography||5 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
These podcasts are excellent. The content is researched to the highest standard, and each one is read clearly and well. The critical suggestion that some are not "useful" is fundamentally misconceived. All knowledge is useful. These podcasts are a stylish and elegant means of disseminating knowledge whilst the DNB online services represent an imaginative and impressive use of technology to provide the fruits of scholarship to a wide audience.
The full range of British life
These are well researched and beautifully delivered. The randomness of the subjects adds to the value of the podcasts and highlights the variety of people who've lived in Britain over the centuries - famous, infamous, well-known and obscure
I really enjoy these casts for the random nature of the subjects picked, the reliability of the information and measured style they are deliver. They are short well researched insights into the lives of historic figures both real and fictional.