For a moment in time, just before Victoria became queen, popular science seemed to offer answers to everything. Around 1830, revolutionary information technology – steam-powered presses and paper-making machines – made possible the dissemination of ‘useful knowledge’ to a mass public. At that point professional scientists scarcely existed as a class, but there were genteel amateur researchers who, with literary panache, wrote for a fascinated lay audience.
Follow Literary Review on Twitter
'"Hello Friend We Missed You", winner of this year’s Not the Booker prize, is recognisably alt-lit in style and sensibility, but with the benefit of added heart.'
Anthony Cummins on @RichOwainRobs's new novel.
'Wilder’s face abruptly hardened at my enquiry and all his geniality left him as he embarked on a bitter riff about what an appalling, ghastly person Monroe had been.'
William Boyd recalls meeting Billy Wilder in 1993.
Lovely to be back in the Literary Review after a sabbatical: here are two new, fabulous books on America in the late 1970s. Highly recommended. https://literaryreview.co.uk/too-nice-to-be-president via @Lit_Review