My Year Off

At the age of forty-two, the Chief Editor of Faber and Faber, Robert McCrum, suffered a devastating stroke. This is a searingly honest account of his experience which includes extracts from his diary and that of his wife Sarah.

“It’s like hearing the story and getting flash peeks directly into their souls.” William Gallagher, Radio Times

First Broadcast:

Thursday 20th November 2008 at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Robert McCrum
Cast: Alex Jennings (Robert McCrum), Madeleine Potter (Sarah Lyall), Richard Laing (Doctor/Dentist/Pinker/Policeman) & Rachel Atkins (Delia/Valerie/Nurse/Paramedic).
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: David Thomas
Producer: Karen Rose
Music: A Day In The Life by The Beatles, Hometown Glory by Adele, Ice Cream by Tom Waits, Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Ian Stanley/Roland Orzabal/Christopher Merrick Hughes & performed by Tears For Fears, Piano Sonata In B Flat Major by Mozart & performed by Akiko Lijima, Hey Jude by The Beatles, September Song by Nat King Cole, Cambodia Music (unknown artist ) & Teachers Pet by Doris Day

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