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Louis De Bernieres, Jo Shapcott, Peter Porter
A Very British Literature
Hay Festival 1996,
Three stars of the British Council's New Writing anthology read and discuss the Britishness of contemporary fiction and poetry. De Berniere's latest novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin "is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh" - A.S. Byatt. "Shapcott is a voice that grabs. In all her work, she transforms the extraordinary into the immediately plausible . . . whatever her province her concern remains for the chaotically unaccountable in humanity" - TLS. Porter, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry is the editor of the antholgy. Chaired by BBC's Gill Manley.