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Arnold Bennett relaxing in his seat, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, April 2021

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) was born in Hanley and educated at the Wedgwood Institute in neighbouring Burslem, in the Staffordshire Potteries. He spent much of his working life in France and London, but many of his written works are based in Stoke, moderately disguised by changes in name.

And even if you don’t know his novels, you may well know the omelette that was created and named in his honour by the chef Jean Baptiste Virlogeux at the Savoy Grill. It still appears on the Grill’s breakfast menu, and also appears in soufflé form on their a la carte menu.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 4 June 2021

Posted as part of Cee’s B&W Challenge

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  1. I went through a phase in my very early teens when I read every Arnold Bennett novel and thought him the bees knees. I think I was just discovering literature then. I’ve never been to the potteries area but have often felt I’d like to visit, just to re-kindle memories of those days of reading with a torch under the bedclothes!

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