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In an innovative new biography of one of Britain’s best-loved writers Paula Byrne draws on material objects from the life of Jane Austen – a silhouette, a vellum notebook, a topaz cross, a laptop writing box, a royalty cheque, a bathing machine – to describe the life and mind of a woman at once more grounded in the social and political realities of her age, and paradoxically more modern, than has customarily been thought. Paula Byrne’s earlier book Jane Austen and the Theatre was described by Paul Johnson in the Spectator as ‘the best book on Jane Austen I have ever read’, and Frances Wilson, reviewing Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead for the Sunday Times wrote ‘Byrne’s gift as a writer is her ability to combine scholarship with turbo-driven narrative power.’ To mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice Paula Byrne will be at the shop to talk about Austen with regular LRB contributor John Mullan, Professor of English at University College London and author of How Novels Work, Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature, and What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved. The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things (MDGentleReader)… (mehr)
The Big Debate: The scientific canon is more relevant to our times than the literary canon
Tickets £10. "Jane Austen said that ‘the person, be it gentleman or lady, who has no pleasure in a novel must be intolerably stupid’. But is knowledge of the fundamentals of science more important in the age of climate change and cloning?
For the motion: Richard Fortey, palaeontologist and author of Dry Store Room No.1: The Secret History of the Natural History Museum; Georgina Ferry, science writer
and author of Max Perutz And The Secret Life.
Against the motion: John Mullan, Professor of English at UCL, journalist and author of Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature; Tracy Chevalier, novelist - The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Burning Bright – and Chair of the Society of Authors.
Chairperson: Joan Bakewell, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts, is a pioneering journalist, cultural commentator and author.
The audience decides the outcome by casting a vote. " (christiguc)… (mehr)