Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S Our Island Story

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S Our Island Story

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There 's one except ion to the somet ime s t r iv ia l and a r t i f icia l event s of the Cultural Olympiad: Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands at the Br it i sh Libra r y (unt i l 25 September). Where other shows emphasise London's separateness, Writing Britain subord inate s the capital to the geography, peoples and history of the British Isles as a whole.

Writers have recorded Britain's development over a millennium, f rom the A r thu r ian my th s to the dark satanic mills, from polite society to the urban underworld, f rom the w i ld moor s to the simple delights of home. Galsworthy's original drawings of Soames For sy te's hou se at Robin H i l l, the archetypal Englishman's castle, is one of several memorable exhibits, which also include the manuscript of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground, 1865, deta i l above . …

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