Francis Spufford is the author of I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, a cultural history of the British obsession with polar exploration, The Child that Books Built and Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin. He has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year prize, and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year. He lives in Cambridge.
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The Story of a Variation
‘I have often heard it said that the novel has already exhausted all its possibilities. I have the opposite impression: that in four hundred years of existence the novel has missed many of its opportunities: it has left many great opportunities unexploited, many roads forgotten, many calls unheard.’