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Communing with an ancestor

Ian Marchant, diagnosed with cancer in 2020, takes comfort from his ancestor’s diary (1714-28), recording a full life as farmer and mainstay of his parish

13 May 2023

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13 May 2023

9:00 AM

One Fine Day: A Journey Through English Time Ian Marchant

September Publishing, pp.356, 20

You may (or may not) already know this, but researching the long 18th century in 2023 is rarely a life-affirming, paradigm-shifting conversation over wine with Plato in the groves of academe. It is seldom, even, a couple of tins of warm lager on the train home after guesting on an episode of Start the Week.

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