Books and other good things
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A new series of Publishing Lives begins tomorrow (Monday) on BBC Radio 4 at 1.45pm, and in the first episode Robert McCrum looks at the life of Kaye Webb of Puffin Books. "For three generations of children," says Valerie Grove in the preface to her biography So Much To Tell , "the words 'Editor: Kaye Webb' on the title page [of a book] guaranteed quality within". As one of those children, I shall...
09/03/2014 - 14:23
"This is an astonishing and luminous novel," said Hilary Mantel of Grace McCleen's The Professor of Poetry , which is out in paperback shortly. "Whilst recovering from cancer, Elizabeth Stone, a respected academic, returns to the city where she was a student over thirty years ago to investigate some little-known papers by T.S. Eliot, which she believes contain the seeds of her masterpiece; a...
"On the night of May 3rd., 1942, fifteen-year-old Alma Braithwaite and her fellow boarders at Goldwyn's school huddle in an air-raid shelter as bombs rain down on Exeter in one of the Baedeker raids. By the time the girls emerge, half the school is in ruins and the city centre has been destroyed. Twenty-one years on, Alma lives alone in the family house and teaches music at her old school. She's...