In Praise of Birmingham

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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.

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Sun 17 Feb 2013 08:50
BBC Radio 4 FM only

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

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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