True stories and other essays
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Spufford, born in , previously published books on polar exploration and on Soviet Russia, among other enthralling topics. But he is best known for his stance on religion: he is a fervent defender of Christianity and theism, known for his debates with contemporary atheists Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. This selection of 37 essays, talks and book reviews was written between the early s and the present. So quite a mixture. That is the distinction between fact and fiction, between truth and fact, and the importance of imagination versus evidence. Say it My favourite section is Cold, in which he writes about the Arctic and Antarctic.
He is author of several highly praised books of non-fiction, and his novel, Golden Hill , won the Costa First Novel Prize in He lives in Ely, UK. True Stories : And Other Essays. Francis Spufford. He makes use of a variety of encounters with particular places, writers, or books to address deeper questions relating to the complicated relationship between story-telling and truth-telling. How must a nonfiction writer imagine facts, vivifying them to bring them to life?
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His books are about, in order: polar exploration, his childhood reading material, a history of 20th-century British science, the wealthiest period of Soviet history, his Christian belief, and a novel set in 18th-century Manhattan. Talk about ploughing the same field over and over again. Actually, there is one constant in each of these books: the extremely high quality of the prose and the intelligence behind it. They are themselves intoxicatingly rolled together, almost lyrically: and that word is particularly well chosen, for it suggests that they are an accompaniment to a deeper music. This book, too, is itself a kind of lean-to extension to his oeuvre — appendices, as it were, to his other published work apart from his novel. Mostly the pieces were commissioned by editors who knew that Spufford was someone who could talk with authority, passion and an amused intelligence about those subjects. He writes about other subjects, too, but on technology he is particularly good — look at his take on the ambiguous successes of British improvisational engineering such as the SR
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Yale University Press. Francis Spufford is a highly cultivated English writer who possesses vast stores of curiosity. The present book, his first essay collection, is divided into sections, each of which focuses on a different interest. Though some pieces included here may have preceded the books they helped generate, many have been written after publication, in the spirit of authors frequently called upon to explain or promote their literary efforts. As such, they sometimes commence with a defensive note, Spufford being highly aware that his interests may not be shared by everyone.