BIRMINGHAM BOOKS I LOVE TO READ – BOOKS INSPIRED BY BRUM

FROM FACTORIES TO MIDDLE EARTH – BIRMINGHAM BOOKS

MY FAVE #BRUMMIE #BOOK is JRR TOLKIEN’s #TheHobbit #LoveToRead#TheHobbit first book on the shelves of #TheLibraryofBirmingham A monument to #Books & #Reading

Qasa Alom looks at how the provincial manufacturing #CityofBirminghamhas inspired great literature in a new @BBC documentary Books That Made Britain.

A new BBC documentary exploring the books that made Birmingham is to be broadcast as part of a series looking at literary work that has been influenced by various British cities.

The landscapes and cities that have inspired some of Britain’s best loved authors will be celebrated in a new series of documentaries produced by BBC English Regions in partnership with BBC Learning as part of the ‘Love To Read‘ season.

In the Birmingham programme Books That Made Britain, Birmingham: Factories to Middle Earth, Inside Out and Midlands Today journalist Qasa Alom sets out to discover what it’s like being a writer away from the literati in London as he meets successful Birmingham novelists, David Lodge from the University of Birmingham “The Rotter’s Club’s Jonathan Coe and Kit de Waal.

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He finds out how the legendary author of The Lord of The Rings JRR Tolkien, spent his childhood in the #CityofBirmingham Could #Birminghamreally have been an inspiration for Middle Earth?

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He also looks at the work of Jim Crace, a ‘fabulist’ who has written more obliquely about Birmingham and Henry Green, who wrote ‘Living’, one of the great industrial novels of the twenties, set in the city.

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The landscapes and cities that have inspired some of Britain’s best loved authors is celebrated in a new series of documentaries.

The landscapes and cities that have inspired some of Britain’s best loved authors is celebrated in a new series of documentaries.

Qasa said: “Birmingham is a place that charms anyone who has the pleasure of being here for long enough. From David Lodge, an outsider who found a place to call home at #BirminghamUniversity to Tolkien from South Africa, a man for whom the #CityofBirmingham served as a nostalgic idyll to simpler childhood times.

“Then there are Kit De Waal and Jonathan Coe who used social and political tensions in Birmingham to find a voice that resonates with thousands across the UK.

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And there are the literary blockbusters by Birmingham writers like Lee Child who like Jonathan Coe is a former pupil of King Edward’s School, Birmingham whose hero, the 250 pound one man war machine Jack Reacher, although not inspired by Birmingham is ‘Out of Birmingham’ through his creators Birmingham roots! Even Hollywood (not the Birmingham place, where Duran, Duran hail from!) has become involved in the Jack Reacher literary phenomenon and the Hollywood ‘A’ lister Tom Cruise has played Jack Reacher on the silver screen.

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What I’ve loved about making the documentary is seeing how the greatest character in the film is the #CityofBirmingham itself. I can’t wait for others to see it.”

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The documentary is part of an eleven part regional series which will transmit on BBC One in your local area on Sunday 16 October 2016.

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The BBC has launched #LovetoRead, a campaign to celebrate reading through a comprehensive and exciting season of programmes putting reading centre-stage this autumn.

In the other episodes Martha Kearney will be in East Anglia, Suggs in London, John Wedgwood Clark on the Yorkshire Coast, Gemma Cairney will be exploring Bristol, Chris Donald in the North East, Damian Barr in the South East, Chris Packham in the South West, Craig Henderson in the South and Simon O’Brien in the North West.

The programme will be asking audiences to share their favourite book of all time using the hashtag #LoveToRead.

My favourite #Birmingham #Book which I #LovetoRead is JRR Tolkien’s #TheHobbit which gave the world #BilboBaggins and his home #TheShire which Birmingham suburb Hall Green’s Sarehole Mill is said to have inspired when Tolkien lived near it in the late nineteenth century before attending King Edward’s School, Birmingham when it was in Birmingham City Centre in New Street, rather than Edgbaston, which is where Lee Child and Jonathan Coe attending the Birmingham scholastic institution that is King Edward’s Birmingham, which also produced Britain’s best known Twitcher Bill Oddie…….#BrumIsBrill #PositivelyBrum

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