Melvyn Bragg

(b. 1939)

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(1939– ),

novelist, journalist, and broadcaster, brought up in Cumbria, which forms the setting of several of his works, and educated at Wadham College, Oxford. Well known as a media personality and presenter of the television arts programme The South Bank Show, he was made a life peer in 1998. His novels include Without a City Wall (1968), The Silken Net (1974), The Maid of Buttermere (1987), A Time to Dance (1990, adapted for television in 1992), and Crystal Rooms (1992), a state‐of‐England novel. The Soldier's Return (1999), A Son of War (2001), and Crossing the Lines (2003) is a sequence of novels about a working‐class Cumbrian family's experiences before and after the Second World War.

Subjects: Literature.

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