Articles by: Lynn Shepherd

Screen

Trusting in Affleck’s ‘poetic truth’

Trusting in Affleck’s ‘poetic truth’

Three of the films up for best picture in this year’s Oscars were recreations of actual historical events, from the 19th century bio-epic Lincoln, to the tracking and capture of Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, to Ben Affleck’s Argo, which dramatised the plan to rescue six American hostages [...]

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Words

A Tweet universally acknowledged

A Tweet universally acknowledged

Today sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice, one of the most enduring of all English novels, and seemingly so resilient a romance that it can survive everything from erotic parody to an invasion of zombies. One of the hashtags doing the rounds on Twitter last [...]

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Ways of reading

Ways of reading

Last week’s Archive on 4 on Radio 4 was a retrospective of the BBC2 series Ways of Seeing, presented by John Berger, which was first broadcast 40 years ago. I remember reading the book when I was at university, and listening to the programme now I was reminded of one of [...]

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Following Dickens

Following Dickens

2012 is a year of Dickens anniversaries — a major one for him, and what’s turned out to be quite a significant one for me. It’s his bicentenary, of course, but it will also be 30 years since I first read Bleak House. I know that because I wrote an [...]

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