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In Praise of Birmingham

10 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 15 February 2013

David Cannadine defends his home city of Birmingham against a slur in Jane Austen's "Emma" as, "not a place to promise much", by celebrating its heritage and its current cultural renaissance.
Producer: Sheila Cook.

  • A Point of View: Why does everyone hate Birmingham ... even Jane Austen?


    Birmingham bashing has a long tradition dating back to Jane Austen. Unfair, says historian David Cannadine, as he defends his old stomping ground.


    Read David Cannadine's article on BBC News website



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