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'A jolly good story'

19 April 2004

'As a historian, I think that a biography can tell you so much more than just the life of that particular individual. I think it can tell you about the time they lived in. It gives you access to that particular period. For example, I think in the case of Einstein, a book on his scientific achievements is not something a general reader will pick up. But a biography on Einstein can still carry information, and be good science, but wrapped in a more digestible form and format.... a life is always a jolly good story, and what else do you want from a book but a jolly good story?'

Barbara Schwepke of Haus Publishing