Necessary Journeys

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Ian Jack
Granta, 2001 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Some travel is vital to the traveller. Sometimes you need to get home or get away. Sometimes this is far from easy. This issue of Granta contains compelling stories about journeys which needed to be made. You might call it necessary travel writing.


Ian McEwan's powerful piece of fiction, taken from his new novel-in-progress which is not scheduled for publication until 2002: a gripping account of unpatriotic events on the beach at Dunkirk in 1940.

Simon Winchester in Diego Garcia on the story of how all the original inhabitants of this tiny tropical island -- right down to the dogs -- were expelled by London and Washington.

John Ryle in Addis Ababa to witness the exhumation and state funeral of the world's chief Rastafari, Haile Selassie, ex-Emperor of Ethiopia.

Francis Spufford on the rise and fall of Concorde.

Ian Jack rides the British railway network, and finds out why trains crash.

Isobel Hilton's trip through China's new cultural landscape.

Nicholas Shakespeare is bitten by the biography bug again, in Tasmania - this time in search of his own unlikely ancestors.

Plus: in an astonishing piece of detective work. James Campbell succeeds in getting the FBI to release dog-eared original documents and handfuls of smudged photographs testifying to their decades-old pursuit of American writer James Baldwin.

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About the author (2001)

Ian Jack is professor of English literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, a position he has held since 1976. He was born in 1923 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with first class honors in 1946. In 1949, he received a D.Phil. from Merton College, Oxford University. His studies of English literature include Augustan Satire: Intention and Idiom in English Poetry, 1660-1750; The Poet and his Audience; and The Poetical Works of Robert Browning.

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