Eric Hobsbawm on Desert Island Discs is the most difficult gear change ever

We’re grateful to the Times Literary Supplement for sharing this exchange from the Desert Island Discs episode featuring Eric Hobsbawm.

Hobsbawm died in 2012, aged 95, and was widely regarded as an unrepentant Stalinist who never expressed any regret for his commitment to the Communist cause (yes, we’re reading this straight out of the Guardian).

He was also once on Desert Island Discs, and the change of tone during this exchange is, well, it’s quite something.