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In the first of a new series, leading thinkers recommend five books about their field of interest. This month, the theme is “equality"

By Trevor Phillips   April 2010

Interview by Miranda Green for the website FiveBooks. More at

Bleak House (1853) By Charles Dickens This is probably Dickens’s best evocation of a society in which your origins more or less determine your destiny. My job is, in essence, about trying as best I can to detach people’s life chances and their destiny from their origins, so that where you are born doesn’t determine where you die. Of course the whole point about Bleak House is that both its heroes and its transgressors are involved in that struggle against their origins. Esther Summerson, the slightly weedy central…

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