Dancing To The Music Of His Time

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Anthony Powell's 12-novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time is one of the great literary works of the 20th century.

Covering a span of more than 70 years and with a cast of more than 300 characters, it's also one of the longest.

To mark the centenary of Powell's birth in 1905, the geneticist Steve Jones, a lifelong fan, revisits the Dance novels and looks at the life of the man who wrote them.

He talks to admirers including the novelists Ian Rankin and A S Byatt, and the writer and activist Tariq Ali

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Anthony Powells 12-novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time is one of the great literary works of the 20th century.

Covering a span of more than 70 years and with a cast of more than 300 characters, it's also one of the longest.

To mark the centenary of Powell's birth in 1905, the geneticist Steve Jones, a lifelong fan, revisits the 'Dance' novels and looks at the life of the man who wrote them.

He talks to admirers including the novelists Ian Rankin and AS Byatt, and the writer and activist Tariq Ali.