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Birth of the British Novel

   2011    Art
Author Henry Hitchings explores the lives and works of Britain's radical and pioneering 18th-century novelists who, in just 80 years, established all the literary genres we recognise today. It was a golden age of creativity led by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Fanny Burney and William Godwin, amongst others. Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy are novels that still sparkle with audacity and innovation. On his journey through 18th-century fiction, Hitchings reveals how the novel was more than mere entertainment, it was also a subversive hand-grenade that would change British society for the better. He travels from the homes of Britain's great and good to its lowliest prisons, meeting contemporary writers like Martin Amis, Will Self, Tom McCarthy and Jenny Uglow on the way.
The Story of China
The Story of China

   2016    History
Japan Earth Enchanted Islands
Japan Earth Enchanted Islands

   2017    Nature
Senna
Senna

   2010    Culture
Human Planet
Human Planet

   2011    Culture
Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome

   2006    History
Life Story
Life Story

   2014    Nature
Life In Cold Blood
Life In Cold Blood

   2008    Nature
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

   2017    Art