Free Thinking. Bernard MacLaverty. Immigration. Christian destruction of Classical World
The Northern Irish author of Cal and Grace Notes, Bernard MacLaverty talks to Anne McElvoy about his novel Midwinter Break plus Clair Wills on her research into post war immigration to Britain and the differing expectations and experience of migrants and European refugees. The daughter of Irish immigrants - she now teaches at Princeton University in USA. Joining in the discussion Will Jones, who researches the politics of migration and is working on developing the idea of matching markets which would match refugee preferences with state priorities.
Anne also hears from Catherine Nixey a young historian with a tale to tell of who did for the pagans. Nixey claims that the old story of Roman paganism dying of its own accord and Christianity moving into a void is one told by the victors. The Christians in fact annihilated belief systems across the Empire in a concerted attack on their philosophy, buildings and artworks.
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty is out now in hardback.
Clair Wills book is called Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain.
William Jones, Centre of International Public Policy, Royal Holloway University of London
The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey out now in hardback.
Producer: Jacqueline Smith