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- DescriptionThis book was shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize. A remarkable achievement...should become a classic. (Margaret Drabble). Light writes beautifully...Common People is part memoir, part thrilling social history of the England of the Industrial Revolution, but above all a work of quiet poetry and insight into human behaviour. It is full of wisdom. (The Times Book of the Week). Family history is a massive phemen of our times but what are we after when we go in search of our ancestors? Beginning with her grandparents, Alison Light moves between the present and the past, in an extraordinary series of journeys over two centuries, across Britain and beyond. Epic in scope and deep in feeling, Common People is a family history but also a new kind of public history, following the lives of the migrants who travelled the country looking for work. Original and eloquent, it is a timely rethinking of who the English were - but ultimately it reflects on history itself, and on our constant need to kw who went before us and what we owe them.
- Author BiographyAlison Light is a writer and critic who is also currently a Visiting Professor of Modern English Literature and Culture at Newcastle University and at Sheffield Hallam University. She was born in Portsmouth, read English at Churchill College, Cambridge and was awarded a D.Phil. from Sussex University. She has worked at the BBC, in adult education, and also lectured at Royal Holloway College and University College London University. She spent several years establishing the Raphael Samuel History Centre in London. She writes regularly for the press, and also frequently broadcasts on BBC radio and on television. Her last book was the much-acclaimed Mrs Woolf and the Servants.
- PrizesShortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014.
- Author(s)Alison Light
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication09/10/2014
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFig Tree
- Out-of-print date08/07/2015
- Content Noteintegrated black & white illustrations
- Weight590 g
- Width162 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine32 mm
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