5 SEPTEMBER 1958, Page 22


SIR,—Your television critic deplores the fact that 'neither network oilers any programmes dealing with books.'

In fact, for the first six months of this year, ABC

Television presented every Sunday afternoon The Book Man, a half-hour programme devoted entirely to books and authors. Those who appeared ranged from A. P. Herbert to J. R. R. Tolkien, from William Cooper to Henry Williamson.

Readers may remember John Brainc's praise of this programme in your issue dated April 25 last. Mr. Forster evidently missed it owing to the fact that it was seen only in the North and Midlands.

The programme has proved popular enough to return to these areas on September 21. From Decem- ber it will also be seen in the South.—Yours faith- fully, ABC Television Ltd.