Francis Spufford

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Booker prize reveals globe-spanning longlist of ‘engrossing stories’
Kazuo Ishiguro makes cut alongside Rachel Cusk and Richard Powers, and novels from Sri Lanka and South Africa compete with choices from the US and UK

Alison Flood

26, Jul, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Francis Spufford: 'I’m still angry about what has been done to this country'
The Golden Hill author talks about the family tragedy that fed his love of reading, being a middle-class socialist and why he’s trying to ‘scuff off’ the period glow of historical fiction

Lisa Allardice

06, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford review – a brilliant, capacious experiment with fiction
Five young victims of a wartime bomb are resurrected in the Golden Hill novelist’s audacious meditation on life and death

Kate Kellaway

24, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford review - both a requiem and a giving of new life
What if five children killed in the blitz had survived? With bold metaphysical engineering, the Golden Hill author conjures miraculous everyday existence

Alexandra Harris

22, Jan, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Beyond Mantel: the historical novels everyone must read
From Francis Spufford to Sarah Waters, contemporary writers have brought new complexity and playfulness to historical fiction

John Mullan

29, Feb, 2020 @9:58 AM

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From The Big Short to Normal People: the books that defined the decade
It began with the fallout from the global financial meltdown and ended with two women sharing the Booker. Which titles shaped the last 10 years?

Alex Clark

26, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Narnia for ever: the internet age demands a copyright rethink
Writers get welcome protection through copyright and trademark law, but the system is a mess. Francis Spufford’s fan-fiction Narnia novel brings fresh impetus to reform

Adam Roberts

20, Mar, 2019 @12:25 PM

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Francis Spufford pens unauthorised Narnia novel
The Stone Table hailed as a ‘seamless recreation’ of CS Lewis’s style, but this addition to the acclaimed series of children’s books may never be published

Richard Lea

19, Mar, 2019 @9:30 AM

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Francis Spufford: ‘I read Walter Scott to myself – in my pathetic imitation of a Border-Scots accent’
The author on his campaign to read all Ali Smith, repeated failed attempts to tackle Proust and his shame about Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Francis Spufford

10, Nov, 2017 @3:00 PM

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The Guardian view on historical fiction: reimagining, not reproducing | Editorial
Editorial: A once-disparaged genre has found new life thanks to Hilary Mantel and others. But what do we want from it?

Editorial

21, Jul, 2017 @5:16 PM

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