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Billy Bragg: The book that changed my life

"I keep this book in the smallest room, a place of solitude where contemplation of one’s own mortality is wont to arise"

By Billy Bragg  

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Who’s Buried Where In England by Douglas Greenwood

It was the dedication that drew me to this book: which is addressed to those of the historically famous who at one time trod the soil of England and now lie deep within it. Greenwood provides potted biographies, first of sovereigns—telling us that Boudica is buried under platform 10 at King’s Cross Station—moving on to statesmen, warriors, philosophers, outlaws and other noble professions. He even has room for the miscellaneous.

My favourite aspect of this roll call of…

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