The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

The Card – Edited by John Shapcott

The Card is Arnold Bennett’s most popular novel and its hero, Denry Machin, has become one of fiction’s most memorable characters.

Denry’s story has universal appeal.  It tells of the unlikely rise of its hero from a poor working class single parent family to become the admired and loved Mayor of Burslem.  Denry’s cheeky Chappy exploits are often questionable but his motives are always well-intentioned. 

Whether it is looking to celebrities for business endorsements, escaping disastrous romantic entanglements or saving the local football team, Denry habits a world that remains instantly recognis

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