Birth of the British Novel

About this programme

Author and critic Henry Hitchings explores the evolution of the novel in 18th-century Britain, and offers his view that it was a time of cultural revolution. He examines the social and political history of the period, uses paintings by great artists to illustrate scenes from key novels, and explains how major genres from light entertainment for female readers to political thrillers were perfected. Along the way, he meets authors including Martin Amis, Will Self, Tom McCarthy and Jenny Uglow.

Cast and crew


Emma Webster