From the Abbey to the Office

From the Abbey to the Office

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From Jane Austen to Ricky Gervais via Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Michael Bond.

Reading (in Berkshire) is the source of the oldest polyphonic song in English, is associated with the rise of the British novel, was a source of inspiration for our greatest war poet and is the birthplace of England’s finest comic writer of the 21st century.

This book follows the traces of those writers who had some connection with the town.

Illustrated with portraits of writers and their locations.

Dennis Butts, born in Worcestershire 1932, read English at Oxford University. He was a former Chairman of the Children’s Books History Society, and taught the MA Course in Children’s Literature at Reading University. He has written on many aspects of nineteenth-century literature and children’s books. He lives in Earley, Reading.