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

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A business columnist’s perspective on The Old Wives’ Tale

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  Daniel Akst For a writer, Arnold Bennett was a pretty good businessman. He earned enough from his prodigious output to buy not just one yacht but two — and the second was so vast, it required a crew of eight. Unjustly forgotten today, Bennett was a literary dreadnought in his own right during the first third […]

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The Romance of the Shop – Talk by Prof Deborah Wynne

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Saturday 23 February 2019 2.30pm ‘The Romance of the Shop: Life Behind the Counter in the Work of Arnold Bennett and H.G.Wells’, a talk by Professor Deborah Wynne (University of Chester). Friends’ Meeting House, Miller Street, Newcastle Under Lyme, 2.30pm Tea and Biscuits will be served after the talk.

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2019 Arnold Bennett Society Dinner

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We are pleased to announce our annual dinner is to be held on Saturday 30 March 2019. It will be held at the Potbank Hotel at the Spode Works in Elenora Street, Stoke on Trent. ST4 1QQ. The hotel is now open and they advise that bookings are being taken well into next year. I […]

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2019 Arnold Bennett Prize

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Nominations are now being taken for the 2019 Book Prize. The prize is for books published during 2018. They can be any genre, fiction or non-fiction, and of any length. They must be by a North Staffordshire writer, or set in North Staffordshire. The books must exist in physical form, rather than purely digitally, and […]

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From the Vaults, but worth reading again

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The Age of Uncertainty –  On Google searches, the name ‘Arnold Bennett’ frequently appeared, but each time I dismissed him without a moment’s consideration. The very idea! But why was I so prejudiced against a novelist who had once been called “the English Zola”? I couldn’t quite remember. Mrs Woolf and Mr Bennett

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Colin Fisher Blog – Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo

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Arnold Bennett, the popular novelist and critic from the years before the First World War until his death in 1931, is known today for novels such as Anna of the Five Towns, The Old Wives’ Tale and Riceyman Steps. In these novels he looks honestly but with compassion at the consequences that follow from the […]

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Conference Papers

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The Many Lives of Arnold Bennett A Celebration The 2017 papers can now be ordered. Cost £7.00 plus postage. Arnold Bennett: Friends and Acquaintances The 2016 conference papers can now be ordered. Cost £6.00 plus postage Arnold Bennett Abroad The 2015 conference papers can now be ordered. Cost: £6.00 plus postage. ‘Death, Fire, Life’: Arnold […]

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