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Nick Hornby: BBC should be 'untouchable' after coronavirus

High Fidelity author writes fierce defence of broadcaster, praising work to help audience ‘live through and understand a crisis’

Author Nick Hornby has written an essay praising the BBC as “one of our crowning achievements as a nation”, saying that its handling of the coronavirus pandemic should make it “untouchable” once the crisis has passed.

In an essay for Penguin, Hornby writes that the BBC, which has put together its biggest ever education programme to help parents during lockdown, is helping him “to live through and understand a crisis”.

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John Burningham’s final picture book is poignant tale of ‘difficult’ dog’s last trip

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Nobel archives reveal judges’ safety fears for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Raven Leilani wins Dylan Thomas prize for ‘fearless’ novel Luster

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Tintin heirs lose legal battle over artist’s Edward Hopper mashups

French artist Xavier Marabout wins case and €10,000 in damages after Moulinsart contacted galleries...

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The Butchers: novel set in Irish BSE crisis wins Ondaatje prize

Ruth Gilligan’s thriller about eight men who cull cattle in rural Ireland wins £10,000 for books th...

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