" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford, a former Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, has edited two acclaimed literary anthologies and a collection of essays on the history of technology. His first book, I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, was awarded the Writers Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 1996 and a Somerset Maugham Award, and also inspired a Frankfurt Ballet production and a clown show at the Edinburgh Festival 2001. His second, The Child that Books Built, was described as 'witty, compelling and elegant' by the New Statesman. His third, Backroom Boys, was called a 'beautifully written book' by the Daily Telegraph and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Francis was our guest on Little Atoms in January 2011 to talk about his book Red Plenty, and he returns for a second interview to talk about his latest, Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense.

Interview one first broadcast on 14th January 2011.

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Interview two first broadcast on 19th October 2012.

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