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Goldworthy, whose popularity has declined since his death in 1933 (CNS)

The Forsyte Saga novelist has fallen out of favour since his death

Alms for Oblivion is an entertaining but shallow tale, and not a patch on A Dance to the Music of Time

Dickens... not as good the second time round AP/Press Association Images

A very good novel can make a Mexican bus journey pass very quickly

Simon Russell Beale played Widmerpool, left, in a Channel 4 adaptation with Miranda Richardson

A Dance to the Music of Time ‘is just like life itself: the same people keep weaving their way in and out’