TV review: A novel story, often told
The Go-Between, Downton Abbney, Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide, and The Ploughing Live
Every writer strives for a great opening. Some openings, like those of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”) or Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”) take on a resonance and life of their own, plundered by hacks like myself to start a piece, or to illustrate a contemporary set of circumstances....
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