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Schools minister Nick Gibb believes every 11-year-old should have read one Dickens story

Experts ridicule minister's 'Dickens by 11' demands

The Schools Minister has great expectations of Britain's 11-year-olds, singling out Charles Dickens's classic as one of the books all children should read before they leave primary school. But on the eve of Dickens's 200th birthday, his biographer warned that young readers do not have the attention span to appreciate his work.

Schools minister Nick Gibb believes every 11-year-old should have read one Dickens story

Every pupil should read Dickens, says minister... (but he's too hard, says the author's biographer)

The Schools minister Nick Gibb has great expectations of Britain's 11-year-olds, singling out Charles Dickens' classic as one of the books all children should read before they leave primary school. But on the eve of Dickens' 200th birthday, his biographer has warned that young readers do not have the attention-span to appreciate his work.

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Nothing succeeds quite like analysing success

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What is the task of a biographer when his subject has already penned memoirs? Perhaps it lies in composing a counterpoint to what they have omitted from their carefully manicured versions. Where famous men of the 20th century are concerned, the autobiographies tend to concur on the importance of the professional over the private, even (unless the author happens to be a politician) over the political.

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In Freedom from Fear, first published in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi wrote: "It is not power that corrupts but fear... in any society where fear is rife, corruption in all forms becomes deeply entrenched." Sadly, Burma's military junta retains its grip on power through fraudulent means and intimidation.

The Brontës, By Juliet Barker

Every age has its Brontë interpreters from Mrs Gaskell and Winifred Gerin to Jane Sellars and Lucasta Miller. It was Juliet Barker's 1994 biography, however, that most dramatically reclaimed the sisters as flesh-and-blood human beings – giving wild romantic Emily, love-sick Anne, and "poor" Charlotte long needed makeovers.

Reports of my memoirs have not been exaggerated

Mark Twain's autobiography has been released in instalments over 100 years. Now the final part has arrived – and it's worth the wait, writes Rupert Cornwell

Finest Hours, By Max Hastings

Churchill during the war must be the most thoroughly ploughed field in British biography, but the incomparable Max has achieved a near-miracle. His account of the great warlord is excitingly told and, as Andrew Roberts has pointed out, endowed with "fresh stories".

Frances Partridge: The Biography, By Anne Chisholm

You wouldn't bet on it, but this is possibly the last biography of a major Bloomsburyite. Jolly enjoyable it is too in the manner of Schnitzler's La Ronde, a play performed by Ralph Partridge at a 1924 party (Vanessa Bell: "painfully embarrassing"). When Frances fell for Ralph, he was in a ménage à trois with Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey.

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