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South Riding: the prescience of Winifred Holtby

Winfred Holtby set the book  between the wars in the mythical South Riding of Yorkshire. Except she didn’t. It was published in 1936 – the only war she knew was the Great War.  And far from being mythical – the …

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Gordon Williams 1934-2017: A Life in Books

Gordon Williams was a jack of all trades and a master of some. Will his reputation survive his death?

Did he have one in his lifetime – is a better question. He was a journalist, an admired literary writer (Booker …

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Lionel Davidson: the best spy novelist you might never have read

…. is how the Daily Telegraph kicked off its review of Kolymsky Heights which has recently been reissued by Faber. The Telegraph reviewer, Jake Kerridge speculates on why Davidson is almost forgotten today.

‘But despite his being a bestseller as …

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An Englishman’s duty by Herr Hermann Hueffer

Ford Madox Ford started life as as Ford Hermann Hueffer, named in honour of his grandfather, Johann Hermann Hueffer. Who better to understand the qualities required to be an Englishman?

 ‘An Englishman’s duty is to secure for himself for ever,

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Parade’s End: The American Connection

Quite what the American HBO audience will make of Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End is hard to know.  American connections are few and far between; although Adelaide Clemens who plays suffragette  Valentine Wannop  was in deepest Louisiana filming a horror …

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Tom Stoppard on Ford Madox Ford

If you missed the BBC’s latest adaptation (they did an earlier one with Judi Dench in the 1960s) of  Parade’s End  it is still easy to find. But read the book first. Rather than being a spoiler, it sets the …

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