Take Out Your Bagnall And Swithin

Ian Mcmillan investigates the world of the school textbook.

We have all read them, but, while some are forgotten for ever, others retain their potency for a lifetime.


Genome: [r4 Bd=19970502]Starting among the packed shelves of a major national collection, Ian McMillan journeys through the fascinating world of the school textbook over the course of its hundred-year existence. On the way, he meets readers with both loving and bitter memories of the books that all of us have had to read, and writers of contemporary texts who reveal the pleasures and pitfalls of writing for today's pupils. Producer Dave Sheasby