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Dear BGO Members, I write to draw your attention to my eBook, ‘The Evidence of Our Senses’: Language, Belief and Britain’s Great War. The book is the product of a student of English literature whose interest, in postgraduate years, turned more specifically to history and the relationships between language, patterns of thought and decision-making. The book examines the confection of a British sense of national identity during the second half of the nineteenth century and relates this to the illogicality and irrationality of the British decision to intervene in t
Carey, John. The Unexpected Professor I first encountered John Carey through his book about Charles Dickens, The Violent Effigy, which I had read several years ago, so was soon browsing through this paperback in Pershore High Street last week. As I flipped through the book, the familiar names of TS Eliot, Charles Dickens, Helen Gardner and Christopher Ricks alerted me to the English literature I knew and loved. Here was an authority, a man respected for his criticism who had actually met and even shaken the hand of people who were to me ‘legends.’ I couldn’t put the book down and - there was
Several years ago, Sebastian Faulks made a four part series for the BBC called Faulks on Fiction. This is the book of the series. Like the series, it is split into 4 parts - Heroes, Lovers, Snobs and Villains - and concentrates purely on British novels. Austen and Dickens merit two inclusions - Emma Woodhouse (snob) and Mr Darcy (lover), and Pip (snob) and Fagin (villain). His attention spans from 18th century doorstops like Robinson Crusoe to, most recently, Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal and Monica Ali's Brick Lane. Faulks' intention is not to provide any historical context for the char