Starting December 12, Patrick Malahide will be narrating “The Long Pursuit” by biographer Richard Holmes, abridged for Radio 4 by Jill Waters. There will be five episodes, running Monday 12th – Friday 16th. From the BBC Radio 4 information page
A meditation on the art of biography from a master of the genre. Ranging widely over art, science and poetry, Richard Holmes confesses to a lifetime’s obsession with his Romantic subjects – a pursuit and pilgrimage that takes him across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers.
The diversity of Holmes’s material is testimony to his empathy, his erudition and his enquiring spirit – and also sometimes to his mischief. He offers a unique insider’s account of a biographer at work, travelling, teaching, researching, fantasising, remembering.
This sounds like a different sort of project for Mr. Malahide. You get a lot of biographies, but this is about the art of researching and writing a biography. I’m especially looking forward to hearing some of the “mischief” mentioned above.