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

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Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure.

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Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure By Cal Newport.  New York Times April 8, 2019 Arnold Bennett was an early-20th-century British novelist, playwright and critic. He’s perhaps best known for his detail-oriented novels set around the Staffordshire Potteries. In 1931, during a trip to Paris, he ignored a waiter’s advice to avoid the […]

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Personally Speaking

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Ambition’s the key to reviving derelict sites The following article first appeared in the Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) Monday March 4, 2019 BBC Radio 4’s adaptation over five weekends  of Arnold Bennet’s novels, ‘China Towns ‘ is still further evidence of the rich seam of Burlsem’s cultural heritage being in the  national spotlight. Again!! Its […]

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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 […]

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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 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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