Melissa Ann Benn is a British journalist and writer. She is the author of ‘School Wars: The Battle for Britain’s Education’
18 October 2013 07:00 PM
I agree with Michael Gove about very little but we are at one on the greatness of Middlemarch, rightly described by Virginia Woolf as "a magnificent book that, with all its imperfections [is] one of the few English novels written for grown-up people". Originally published in part form, subtitled "A Study of Provincial Life", Middlemarch is a slow, unfolding story of the lives and loves of one Midlands town (thought to be Coventry), as well as a reflection on the bigger political issues and changes in mid-19th century England.
07 February 2013 07:17 PM
The Education Secretary almost managed to make his climbdown on the EBC look like part of a bigger masterplan. Almost, but not quite
12 October 2012 04:58 PM
Why do assume that as long as teenagers live with their parents, they have no civic responsibilities? We adults are more confused about this than our children
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Books: Courage to go with the flow of a novel kind: The Whole Woman by Germaine Greer Doubleday, pounds 16.99, 352pp
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