Archive for May, 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – a game set in the rural Midlands

I’m not a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction in its modern American form, but there’s an interesting and rather more lyrical literary tradition in English sci-fi — stretching from Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man” (1826) through Wild England (1888), to H.G. Wells and beyond — which makes the English countryside and topography an integral part of […]

England: Made in the Middle

Such irony. It seems that the new five-part BBC series about the history of the Midlands has been made… in Manchester. England: Made in the Middle is on BBC Radio 4, 1.45pm from next Monday.