Suit, The

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TM2009112020100806A funny and provocative look at dress, class, ageing and the philosophical life from Ian Sansom.|An eccentric and perfectly tailored feature, prompted by a visit to a gentleman's outfitters, where Ian is measured for a new suit.|He's reminded of the men in his family - his working-class grandfathers trussed up uncomfortably in clothes designed for the sedentary professional classes, collected in a family album of black and white photos that brings to mind John Berger's essay, 'The Suit and the Photograph' in which Berger writes about the great German photographer August Sander.|This leads on to reflections on famous suit wearers in history and literature, and to a series of thoughts about, among others, Benjamin Franklin, John F.|Kennedy, Michael Nyman, Franz Kafka, and Anthony Powell.|Ian Sansom is a critic and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, whose series of detective stories featuring a mobile librarian in rural Northern Ireland has gathered fans around the world.|He has previously broadcast for Radio 3 on W H Auden, his passion for concrete, his adopted city of Belfast and bibliomania.|Producer: Sara Davies.|Writer Ian Sansom reflects on dress, class and the philosophical life.|Ian Sansom's funny and provocative reflections on dress, class, ageing and the philosophical life, prompted by a visit to a gentleman's outfitters to be measured for a new suit.|Ian is reminded of the men in his family - his working-class grandfathers trussed up uncomfortably in clothes designed for the sedentary professional classes, collected in a family album of black-and-white photos that brings to mind John Berger's essay The Suit and the Photograph, in which he writes about the great German photographer August Sander.|This leads on to reflections on famous suit wearers in history and literature, and to a series of thoughts about, among others, Benjamin Franklin, John F Kennedy, Michael Nyman, Franz Kafka and Anthony Powell.|He has previously broadcast for BBC Radio 3 on W H Auden, his passion for concrete, his adopted city of Belfast and bibliomania.