In the prologue he talks about his own origins — he was born in Ireland, the son of an army schoolmaster and a mother descended from an English family which had settled in Nova Scotia. He discusses his liberal education at a Yorkshire Grammar School and at Magdalen College, Cambridge.
In his epilogue he looks back and considers how this education affected his opinions and his career. The watershed for him as a faithful Catholic with occasional intellectual problems came with the Second Vatican Council, particularly with the "Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the World Today", the great Gaudium el Spes, which, in his opinion, makes great assertions about man's dignity and freedom.
This book says much about British and European broadcasting, but it says even more about a man of great stature, of powerful mind and of total honesty and integrity set in one of the highest and most exposed positions in contemporary pluralistic Britain.