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Media type Print (Paperback)
Preceded by Spirit of Progress
Publication date 2013
Originally published 2013
Page count 278
|Publisher Fourth Estate, Australia|
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A World of Other People (2013) is a novel by Australian author Steven Carroll. It was the joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
The novel uses T. S. Eliot's poem "Little Gidding" from Four Quartets as a starting point. The time is 1941 and London is experiencing The Blitz. Iris, a young civil servant, has volunteered to be an aircraft spotter on a building in Russell Square. Another spotter is Eliot himself, as the building is the headquarters of the publishing house, Faber & Faber. Late one night the pair witness the crash of a British Wellington, and Eliot goes on to write his poem utilising this incident. At the initial public reading of the poem, Jim, the pilot of the crashed aircraft, happens to be in the audience and recognises his accident being depicted in the poem.