W&N Biography HB February £25.00 384pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 1 474 60708 7 eBook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60710 0
A riveting insider’s account of BBC years under ‘Duke’ Hussey and Alan Yentob.
JOHN TUSA Making a Noise Getting It Right, Getting It Wrong in Life, Arts and Broadcasting a candid, uniquely absorbing memoir of a diverse life in cultural leadership.
Few people have ranged so widely over such a diversity of activities – from award-winning TV journalism to high-level management in broadcasting; from involvement in the arts to renewing and turning round the fortunes of the Barbican Centre; helping to re-shape the dispersed units of a university into a coherent whole; guiding a new generation of arts leaders. Throughout, John Tusa has been driven by impatience with the status quo, an urgent need to push people and institutions forward, to initiate and maintain change. John has almost always challenged existing authorities: fighting the Foreign Office, arguing with the Arts Council, battling with bureaucrats, questioning orthodoxies, mauling managementspeak. His honesty about ‘getting it right and getting it wrong’ provide rare insight into a life at the heart of broadcasting and the arts.
Drawn from his personal diaries and journals this memoir takes you from his childhood in in Zlin in Czechoslovakia to the years at the BBC, from the rows at Wolfson College to the rows at the Barbican; the revival of the BBC World Service and the training of a new generation of arts leaders in the Clore Leadership Programme.
‘I have made some enemies but many more friends. When asked recently, “What does John do?” My friend replied: “John causes trouble!”’
sir John Tusa is Trustee of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and co-Chair of the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Location: Islington, London author:
W&N Non-Fiction • February 2018