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Forster in India: Sex, Books and Empire

EM Forster's personal passage to India was the key to both his great novel and his political radicalism. What drew this shy and retiring figure from British suburbia to the mysterious heart of a faraway subcontinent?

Taking a fresh look at the links between Forster's homosexuality, his critique of the Raj and his remarkably modern capacity for crossing racial and cultural borders, Zareer Masani rescues him from the stereotype of an old-maidish, closeted gay, writing tea-table novels.

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 22 Jul 2008 21:15

Six Secret Smuggled Books

Nelson mandela

Six classic works of literature we wouldn't have read if they hadn't been smuggled...



Seven images inspired by the grid

World Music collector, Sir David Attenborough

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The field recordings Attenborough of music performances around the world.

Attenborough's field recordings

Attenborough's field recordings

The unlikely music performances captured while searching for exotic animals to film.