The archive of David Cornwell’s work at the Bodleian Library in Oxford also reveals the depth of his collaboration with his wife Jane.
A new film version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden opens today. First published in 1911, the novel foregrounds Edwardian beliefs about the importance of gardens that still resonate.
The writer was drowned at the age of 44, but he left three novels which have come to represent the decline of the British Empire.
When her contemporaries were engaging with European themes in their novels, Austen remained rooted in her home country.
Nobel prize winning author Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was as hard on himself as on others.