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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Ford Madox World: belle epoque and before

Amongst the many confusing things about Parade’s End – the steam of consciousness, the ambiguities, the time jumps – is that for the modern reader the action harks back to a bygone period just before the Great War, while for …

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Ford Madox Ford Word

This weeks Ford Madox Word is ‘atrabilarian’. What does it mean and give an example of its use.

Ford is an example of an ‘expand your vocabulary ‘ course all on his own. How about ‘matutinal’. Or springald? Cachinnating? This …

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