As we start 2021, these words from books, poems and authors provide some literary wisdom on new beginnings.
War and Peace, Middlemarch and Anna Karenina were among the lengthy novels that soared in lockdown. What's been drawing us back to the big beasts of literature?
Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (1819-80) was a philosopher, journalist and translator before she became a novelist, her first stories being published in 1856. She led an unconventional life, co-editing the liberal journal Westminster Review for three years and living with the married man and philosopher George Henry Lewes. Her novels are among the greatest of the nineteenth century