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Episode 3 of 5

Author Julian Barnes discusses his changing views about politics over the years, explaining why he has voted for all parties and what his preferences are now.

"It sounds such a simple business.. 'I changed my mind.' Subject, verb, object - a clear, clean action..."

In five essays, the acclaimed author asks whether his point of view has changed over the years. Referring to historical characters and scenes from his own life, he first cites John Maynard Keynes and Francis Picabia. Then, what is the role of memory in all this?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

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15 minutes


The Book that Changed Me

The Book that Changed Me

Five figures from the arts and science introduce books that changed their lives and work.

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