Sightlines

Sightlines

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Edited by P. D. James, Edited by Harriet Harvey Wood, Introduction by Sue Townsend

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 397 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm 285g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099422824
  • ISBN 13: 9780099422822

Product description

Published to promote and support the work of the RNIB's Talking Books, Sightlines includes pieces from many of Britain's foremost writers, all of whom have contributed their work without fee. Introduced by Sue Townsend, who recently lost her sight, Sightlines includes many hitherto unpublished stories, essays and poems by leading contemporary authors such as Louis de Bernieres, Antonia Fraser, Nina Bawden, Frederick Forsyth, Doris Lessing, A S Byatt, Malcolm Bradbury, David Lodge, John Fowles, D J Enright, Andrew Motion, David Malouf, Brian Aldiss, Tibor Fischer, Philip Kerr and Reginald Hill among many others.

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P D James was born in Oxford in 1920. She is the author of fifteen crime novels, eleven of them featuring the poet-detective Adam Dalgleish, and two non-fiction books. For thirty years she was engaged in public service, first as an administrator in the National Health Service and then in the Home Office, from which she retired in 1979. she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts. From 1988 to 1993 she was a Governor of the BBC and a member of the Board of the British Council. From 1988 to 1992 whe served on the Arts Council and was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel. She has won awards for crime writing from Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia and has received honorary doctorates from six British universities. In 1983 she was appointed OBE and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors. Harriet Harvey Wood read English and Mediaeval Studies at the University of Edinburgh and was an orchestral manager before joining the British Council in 1973. From 1980 until 1994 she was Head of its Literature Department. Her publications include editions of the Percy-Pinkerton Correspondence (Yale University Press), Watson's Choice Collection of Comic and Serious Scots Poems (Scottish Text Society) and the poems of William Dunbar (Carcanet Press). She is working on a biography of John Gibson Lockhart. She was a judge of the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1992 and was appointed OBE in 1993.