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The year of living decisively: The Turning Point, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, reviewed

4 September 2021

9:00 AM

4 September 2021

9:00 AM

The Turning Point: A Year that Changed Dickens and the World Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Cape, pp.256, 25

We tend to think of turning points as single moments of change — Saul on the road to Damascus or Bob Dylan performing with an electric guitar. The change is identified as a discrete moment for which there is a distinct before and after. But this is not always the case and, as Robert Douglas-Fairhurst argues, a turning point can trace a wider arc and evolve over longer periods.

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