Bestsellers Lost and Found

At Sheffield Hallam University this Saturday (November 18th) there will be  a presentation about ‘Bestsellers Lost and Found’, based on the 1937 set of cigarette cards: Famous British Authors. Here’s a sample of the writers that Wills chose to commemorate:



Some still well-known, one or two notorious, some utterly forgotten. What made them best-sellers in their day? Why do we remember the ones we do?

Professor Chris Hopkins will be introducing the series, and explaining the madly popular hobby of cigarette-card collecting. Some others of us will be giving brief introductions to some of the authors. I shall be talking about ‘Sapper’ – notorious for his violence, his dodgy politics and his appalling attitudes, but I can’t help liking the man.

It’s in Room Surrey 5520 on Saturday, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and I’m promised that cake will be served. All are welcome. It’s part of Sheffield’s contribution to the Being Human festival, and full details can be found here.

Here are some more authors:cigcards2cigcards3s-l1600cigcards1cigcards6

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