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England, England

England, England

As every schoolboy knows, you can fit the whole of England on the Isle of Wight. The grotesque, visionary tycoon Sir Jack Pitman takes the saying literally and does exactly that. Starting from the premise that most tourists are interested only in the top attractions and are as satisfied with a replica as with the real thing, he constructs on the island ‘The Project’, a vast heritage centre containing everything ‘English’, from Buck House to Stonehenge, from Manchester United to the White Cliffs of Dover.

 

About the Author

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes was born in Leicester in January 1946. He has written nine novels, including Flaubert’s Parrot, which was shortlisted for the 1984 Booker Prize, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and lead to Barnes being the first Englishman to be awarded the Prix Medicis); England, England, which was shortlisted for the 1998 Booker Prize); and Arthur and George, which was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2005. The Sense of an Ending won the Man Booker Prize in 2011.