The race to South Riding: Winifred Holtby or Ford Madox Ford?

Who got there first?

The fictional South Riding of Yorkshire is so associated with Winfred Holtby it is seen as her invention. Yet Ford Madox Ford cited the South Riding in Parade’s End, years before Holtby.

For Holtby the …
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Ford Madox Ford: a man and his words

In celebration of Reinkarnation’s new edition of Parade’s End — Ford Madox Ford’s controversial four-book trilogy (there are four novels but Graham Greene deleted the final novel in his collection of the work; Reinkarnation doesn’t, so you can judge for …

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The Story Storey story

… being the story of Jack Trevor Story and his near namesake David Storey.

Jack Trevor Story wasn’t one of the Angry Young Men of British fiction in the 1950s, being neither young enough nor angry enough. But maybe he …

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Stan Barstow and South Riding

Stan Barstow died last year.  He wrote A Kind of Loving, and somehow got himself included under the ‘angry young men’ tag of the mid 1950s. He just caught the tail end – along with David Storey’s This Sporting

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Secrets of a Titanic Victim: the story of the real My Fair Lady

Reinkarnation’s job is to wade through the sea of lost books, trawling for big fish that might otherwise have slipped away unnoticed. Although 40 years old One Last Mad Embrace can hold its own against today’s fiction. Under Plum Lake

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Under Plum Lake picked for anthology

Called upon to pick the very best in the world for their new anthology A Little Aloud for Children someone somewhere decide to reach into the past and enrol Under Plum Lake in the project (it’s a charity in …

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