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Pandaemonium: 1660-1886, By Humphrey Jennings
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 10 November 2012
Jennings's cut-up panorama of the Industrial Revolution famously inspired the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. It is not so much an anthology as a film in prose, where every scene or shot helps to shape the whole.
An essay by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the screenwriter who first gave the book to Danny Boyle, traces its strange route from the obsessive project of a 1940s Surrealist film-maker to creative DNA of a worldwide sensation.
With its fabulous montage of sources, this is a unique window into a national past, and a global present.
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
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