Martin Bell, journalist and former MP tells the story of his remarkable father, the essayist, novelist and country writer, Adrian Bell, who not only invented the Times Crossword but also compiled it for 50 years.

In 1920 he left London to become a farmer's apprentice in Suffolk and spent most of the rest of his life as a dedicated countryman.

His semi-autobiographical novel trilogy Corduroy, Silver Ley and The Cherry Tree became classics of 20th century rural writing.


Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20050902

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