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The Knox Brothers (Paperback, New Ed)

Penelope Fitzgerald; Introduction by Holmes

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In this perceptive and affectionate account of the four Knox brothers, Booker Prize-winning novelist Penelope Fitzgerald pays a memorable tribute to her father, the poet and famous Punch editor Eddie Knox and her three Uncles. The most famous of whom was, undoubtedly, Ronnie, a Catholic convert Priest who was also a wit, scholar and translator of the Bible. Dilwyn, the second brother used his agile brain to solve puzzles first as a Greek scholar and then as a highly regarded cryptographer in both World Wars, while Wilfred, the third and equally gifted boy became an Anglo Catholic Priest who dedicated much of his life to welfare work in the East End of London. All four sons of the evangelical Bishop of Manchester shared a passion for words, and the author brings the Victorian vicarage household and its brilliant inhabitants vividly alive. (Kirkus UK)
Penelope Fitzgerald's biography of her remarkable family. `When I was very young I took my uncles for granted, and it never occurred to me that everyone else in the world was not like them.' In this, only her second book, Penelope Fitzgerald turned her novelist's gaze on the quite extraordinary lives of her father and his three brothers. A masterly work of biography, within which we see Penelope Fitzgerald exercising her pen magnificently before she began her novel-writing career. Edmund Knox, her father, was one of the most successful editors of Punch. Dillwyn, a Cambridge Greek scholar, was the first to crack the Nazi's message decoding system, Enigma, and in so doing, is estimated to have shortened the Second World War by six months. Wilfred became an Anglo-Catholic priest and an active welfare worker in the East End of London. Ronald, the best known of the four during his lifetime, was Roman Catholic chaplain to Oxford University's student body, preacher, wit, scholar, crime-writer and translator of the Bible. A homage to a long-forgotten world and a fascinating account of the generation straddling the divide between late Victorian and Edwardian.

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Imprint: Fourth Estate
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2002
First published: 2002
Authors: Penelope Fitzgerald
Introduction by: Holmes
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 288
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-711830-4
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours > Family history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours > Family history
Books > Biography > General
LSN: 0-00-711830-9
Barcode: 9780007118304

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