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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World

The Book Club

This week, I’m joined by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst - whose latest book is The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World. He tells me how 1851 - the year of the Great Exhibition - served as a pivot in Dickens’s own life, and set him on the path to writing Bleak House.

40mins

15 Sep 2021

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The Book Club: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Best of the Spectator

This week, Sam is joined by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst - whose latest book is The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens and the World. On the podcast he speaks about how 1851 - the year of the Great Exhibition - served as a pivot in Dickens’s own life, and set him on the path to writing Bleak House.

40mins

15 Sep 2021

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Charles Dickens | Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and Helen Simpson join Alex Clark

VINTAGE BOOKS

Where would we be without Charles Dickens? The biographer and academic Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and short story writer Helen Simpson join Alex Clark for a very festive edition of the Vintage Podcast.Follow us on twitter: twitter.com/vintagebooksSign up to our bookish newsletter to hear all about our new releases, see exclusive extracts and win prizes: po.st/vintagenewsletterRobert is an award-winning biographer and Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. His most recent book is The Story of Alice; before that he wrote Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist which won the Duff Cooper Prize. He is currently working on a new book called The Turning Point: Dickens’s World in 1851. The year of the Great Exhibition and the year in which Dickens began writing Bleak House, 1851 has been called the turning point of the century as well as of Dickens’s career. You can read more about his books here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/robert-douglas-fairhurst/1074442/Helen is the author of six short story collections including Four Bare Legs In a Bed, Constitutional and Hey Yeah Right Get A Life. In 2011 Helen wrote a short story for The Times called ‘The Chimes’ about a book club dissecting Dickens’s novel The Chimes, which he wrote as a follow up of sorts to A Christmas Carol. Later published in her collection Cockfosters, it draws uncomfortable parallels between Dickens’s world and our own – and has more than a little of Dickens’s playfulness about it too.Read more about her work here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/helen-simpson/1006023/See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

30 Nov 2017

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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on the young Dickens

The Hedgehog and the Fox

Here is another freshly re-edited recording from my archive. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s biography of the first three decades of Dickens’ life, published by Harvard University Press, is a terrifically readable, refreshing… Read More See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

18 Jul 2017

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Rye Arts Festival: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on Lewis Carroll

The Oldie Podcast

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on 'The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland' at The Oldie Literary Lunch at Rye Arts Festival

11mins

19 Oct 2015

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The Story of Alice: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst & Vanessa Tait

London Review Bookshop Podcast

Alice in Wonderland is 150 years old this year. To celebrate her anniversary we have invited Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and Fellow of Magdalen College, to talk about his latest book The Story of Alice (Harvill Secker), a triple biography of Caroll's Alice books, of their subject Alice Liddell, and their creator Charles Dodgson. Douglas-Fairhurst will be in conversation with Vanessa Tait, author of The Looking Glass House (Atlantic), and the great grand-daughter of Alice Liddell. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

30 Jun 2015